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Encyclopedia > 2000 NBA Finals

The 2000 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1999-2000 National Basketball Association season. The Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference took on the Indiana Pacers of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Lakers holding home court advantage. The series is played under a best-of-seven format, so the first team to collect four game victories wins the series. The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... There are several different playoff formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games. ...


The Lakers won the series 4 games to 2. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was named the Most Valuable Player of the series. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced shak-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ...

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Background

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers were one of the most talented teams in the NBA, but despite this, they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 NBA playoffs. 24 days after being swept by the eventual NBA Champion, the Lakers signed Phil Jackson as head coach. Jackson, who coached the 6-time champion Chicago Bulls would build his triangle offense around Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Jerry West would then make the Lakers the most talented team in the NBA to the best. He surrounded Shaq and Kobe with role players such as Glen Rice, who placed second in the 1998 NBA MVP race, Ron Harper, who has experience with Jackson's triangle offense, taking part in Jackson's second threepeat with the Bulls, and A.C. Green, a member of the last two Laker championships. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the National Basketball Association. ... A.C. Green, Jr. ...


Along with these starters, the Lakers also had a strong bench lineup. Robert Horry has had championship experience with the Houston Rockets, and was a threat at the perimeter. Derek Fisher was a point-guard defender who had long range shooting. Rick Fox, who was from the Boston Celtics, was the sixth man of the Lakers. With a healthy Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers dominated the regular season, hitting winning streaks of 11, 16, and 19 en route to a 67-15 record, tying the 1992 Chicago Bulls and 1986 Boston Celtics as the fifth best record in the NBA. Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Ulrich Alexander (Rick) Fox (born July 24, 1969 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


The Lakers were expected to make a trip to the Finals, but the road would be a rocky one. In the first round the Lakers took the first 2 games against the Sacramento Kings, only to drop 2 in Sacramento. The Lakers then easily dispatched Sacramento in Game 5 to face the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers clobbered the Suns, winning in 5, and would face the Portland Trail Blazers. In Game 1, Rasheed Wallace was ejected because of 2 technical fouls, and the Lakers took advantage and won. The Trail Blazers stormed back in Game 2, giving the Lakers their most lopsided loss in the season (106-77). This did not affect the Lakers as they took the next 2 in Portland, gaining a 3-1 series lead. The Lakers, however, then underestimated the Trail Blazers, who took the next 2, forcing a Game 7. Portland suffered a meltdown as the Lakers rallied back from a 4th quarter deficit with a 20-9 run en route to the NBA Finals. The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team which is based in Sacramento, California. ... Sacramento is a Spanish- and Portuguese-language word meaning sacrament; it is a common toponym in parts of the world where those tongues were or are spoken. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ...


Indiana Pacers

In the 1997-1998 NBA season, the Indiana Pacers nearly defeated the Chicago Bulls in 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals, concluding one of the greatest Pacers seasons ever. The 1999 NBA season was a lockout season, where the Pacers would also see their season end at the Eastern Conference Finals, this time to the New York Knicks. The 1999-2000 season would see many changes to the Pacers, including a new arena, the Conseco Fieldhouse. Another change is trading their veteran big man, Antonio Davis for the rights to No. 5 overall pick Jonathan Bender. Jalen Rose would be put into the starting line up, winning the NBA Most Improved Player award, while Austin Croshere replaced him as the sixth man. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Conseco Fieldhouse is a sports arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Womens National Basketball Association. ... Antonio Lee Davis (born October 31, 1968 in Oakland, California) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. ... Jonathan Rene Bender (born January 30, 1981 in Picayune, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Bender was selected with the fifth pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, straight out of Picayune Memorial High School in Picayune, Mississippi despite a verbal commitment to... Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA), currently with the Phoenix Suns. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ... Austin Nathan Croshere (born May 1, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. // He went to Palms Middle School and Crossroads School in Los Angeles County and graduated from Providence College, a Roman Catholic institution in Providence, Rhode Island. ...


The Pacers would start the season 7-7, barely even making a playoff run, but would eventually finish with a 56-26, the best in the east. In the season, the Pacers would win 25 straight in their new arena, a franchise record. The Pacers, like the Lakers, would struggle in the playoffs. They needed a Travis Best three-point clutch play to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks in 5 games. They faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round, dispatching them in six games. The Pacers would face their rival Knicks, but unlike the previous year, they ended up victorious. The Pacers would enter the NBA Finals for the first time, to face the Lakers. Travis Eric Best (born 12 July 1972 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Georgia Institute of Technology, he was drafted 23rd overall in the 1995 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Series scoring summary

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers. In baseball, the totality of a game is summarized in a line score, or more verbosely in a box score. ...

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4* Game 5 Game 6 Wins
Los Angeles (West) 104 111 91 120 87 116 4
Indiana (East) 87 104 100 118 120 111 2

Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ...

2000 NBA Finals Roster

2000 Los Angeles Lakers

Head Coach: Phil Jackson
Shaquille O'Neal | Kobe Bryant | Glen Rice | Ron Harper | Rick Fox | Derek Fisher | John Salley | Robert Horry | A.C. Green | Tyronn Lue | Brian Shaw | Devean George | John Celestand | Travis Knight | Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced shak-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the National Basketball Association. ... Ulrich Alexander (Rick) Fox (born July 24, 1969 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player. ... Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ... A.C. Green, Jr. ... Tyronn Jamar Lue (born on May 3, 1977 in Mexico, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Lue attended Raytown High School in Missouri. ... Brian K. Shaw (born March 22, 1966 in Oakland, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Devean Jamar George (born August 29, 1977 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. His position is small forward. ... John Celestand (born March 6, 1977 in Houston, Texas) is an American professional basketball player. ... Travis Knight (born September 13, 1974 in Salt Lake City, Utah), is an American professional basketball player who was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (29th overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft. ...


2000 Indiana Pacers

Head Coach: Larry Bird
Reggie Miller | Jalen Rose | Rik Smits | Austin Croshere | Dale Davis | Mark Jackson | Al Harrington | Sam Perkins | Chris Mullin | Jeff Foster | Derrick McKey | Jonathan Bender | Zan Tabak | Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965, in Riverside, California) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA), currently with the Phoenix Suns. ... Rik Smits (born August 23, 1966 in Eindhoven, Netherlands) is a retired Dutch-American professional basketball player who spent his entire career with the Indiana Pacers. ... Austin Nathan Croshere (born May 1, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. // He went to Palms Middle School and Crossroads School in Los Angeles County and graduated from Providence College, a Roman Catholic institution in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Elliott Lydell (Dale) Davis (born March 25, 1969 in Toccoa, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player who plays center and power forward for the Detroit Pistons. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... Albert Harrington (born February 17, 1980 in Orange, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player currently playing for the NBAs Atlanta Hawks. ... Sam Perkins scores against the Houston Rockets. ... Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is the General Manager of the Golden State Warriors and a former American basketball player. ... Jeffrey Douglas Foster (born January 16, 1977, in San Antonio, Texas) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. He was selected 21st overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1999 NBA Draft out of Texas State University, but his draft... Derrick Wayne McKey (born October 10, 1966 in Meridian, Mississippi) is a former NBA basketball player who played the most part of his career between the small forward and the power forward positions. ... Jonathan Rene Bender (born January 30, 1981 in Picayune, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Bender was selected with the fifth pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, straight out of Picayune Memorial High School in Picayune, Mississippi despite a verbal commitment to... Zan Tabak became the first player in Toronto Raptors history to score an NBA point. ...


Schedule

  • Game 1 - June 7, Wednesday @Los Angeles, Los Angeles 104, Indiana 87: Los Angeles leads series 1-0
  • Game 2 - June 9, Friday @Los Angeles, Los Angeles 111, Indiana 104: Los Angeles leads series 2-0
  • Game 3 - June 11, Sunday @Indiana, Indiana 100, Los Angeles 91: Los Angeles leads series 2-1
  • Game 4 - June 14, Wednesday @Indiana, Los Angeles 120, Indiana 118 (OT): Los Angeles leads series 3-1
  • Game 5 - June 16, Friday @Indiana, Indiana 120, Los Angeles 87: Los Angeles leads series 3-2
  • Game 6 - June 19, Monday @Los Angeles, Los Angeles 116, Indiana 111: Los Angeles wins series 4-2

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. As of yet, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format. June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ...


Game 1

Wednesday, June 7, at the Staples Center Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ...


The Lakers dominated from the start. The Lakers shot 15-20 in the first period while the Pacers shot only 7-20. Reggie Miller would miss all of his shots in the first quarter to give the Lakers a 15 point lead. Austin Croshere came off the bench to keep the Pacers alive in the 2nd quarter, scoring 9 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in the quarter. Although the Pacers attempted a comeback in the 2nd quarter, they were still down by 12. In the 3rd quarter, it would be Mark Jackson who led the Pacers to a comeback, cutting the Lakers lead by 2. Reggie Miller also hit his first field goal in the 3rd quarter, though it would be his last. The Lakers destroyed the Pacers in the final quarter, with a 13-2 run winning by 17 points. The big fella scores 43 points and grabs 19 rebounds.


Game 2

Friday, June 9, at the Staples Center Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ...


Los Angeles and Indiana were evenly matched for the first period, both scoring 28. But Los Angeles would suffer a major setback when Kobe Bryant left the game in the 2nd quarter due to a sprained ankle, and would not return. Ron Harper would go in for Bryant and scored 21 points for the game. Desperate to try and gain the lead, Larry Bird resorted to the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Shaq shot 39 free throws, making only 18, an NBA record for most free throws in a Finals game. Despite this low percentage, Shaq made 9 of 16 in the 4th quarter to keep a Lakers lead. The Pacers cut the lead to 99-96 and were looking to foul Shaq, but when Shaq got the ball he passed to Robert Horry who converted not only the layup, but the foul shot as well giving them a 102-96 lead en route to a 111-104 Laker victory. Hack-a-Shaq is the name commonly ascribed to a basketball defensive strategy initially instituted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson to hinder the scoring ability of the Chicago Bulls. ...


Game 3

Sunday, June 11, at the Conseco Fieldhouse Conseco Fieldhouse is a sports arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Womens National Basketball Association. ...


Due to Kobe Bryant's ankle injury, Indiana was able to get back into the series. Kobe's absence was felt was the Pacers had an 11-2 run in the first period to take an 8 point lead. Austin Croshere would once again have another huge 2nd quarter, scoring 8 points as the Pacers scored 61A%. The Lakers tried to make a run to get back into the game, but once they did Indiana answered with 12 straight points and leading by 17. The Lakers were desperate and attempted another run to get within 3 points but Reggie Miller would nail all his free throws at the end of the game to give Indiana a 9 point win.


Trivia

  • The last time the Lakers won the Finals in six games (1987 over Bird's Boston Celtics), they did so in the exact same fashion, by winning games 1 & 2 at home, game 4 on the road and game 6 at home.
  • Lakers' forward A.C. Green was a member of the previous two Lakers championship teams in 1987 and 1988.
  • Lakers' backup center John Salley became the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises, as he won titles in 1989 and '90 with the Detroit Pistons and 1996 with the Chicago Bulls.
  • This was the Lakers first NBA Finals in the new Staples Center.
  • After closing out game 6, fans rioted outside Staples Center by making bonfires, tipping cars, breaking windows of cars and buildings, and vandalizing businesses around the area. Overall, they caused $1 million in damages. In Lakers' championship run the following year, the LAPD came out in bigger force after the Lakers won and prevented the same thing from happening again.
  • Staples Center, which was a first-year building in 2000, had a very tricky shooting background and opposing teams often had difficulty shooting there. Pacers coach Larry Bird wanted to have a shoot-around in the arena the day before Game 6 to help his team shoot more consistently because they shot very poorly in Games 1 and 2. However, the Pacers couldn't practice in the building because of an Arena Football game. Bird was very upset about this, and his team had to go down to the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo.
  • The two arenas in this series, Conseco Fieldhouse and Staples Center, were both first-year arenas.

The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Conseco Fieldhouse is a sports arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Womens National Basketball Association. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ...

See also

The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999-2000 season. ...

External links

  • NBA History

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