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2008 NBA Playoffs From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search The 2008 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2007-08 season which ended with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4-2. There were four rounds of postseason action, all of them in a best-of-seven format, with teams seeded on a bracket. The team with the better record was not necessarily the basis of seeding teams in the playoffs. Nevertheless, the team with the better record in a match-up had home court advantage. The theme songs for the Playoffs were "Nine Lives" by Def Leppard and Tim McGraw for the Eastern Conference and "We Made It" by Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park for the Western Conference. The playoffs were noted for the return of the Atlanta Hawks into postseason action after nine years of absence, taking the #1 seed Boston Celtics into a game seven before bowing out. Also notable was the race for the Western Conference home court advantage, eventually won by the Los Angeles Lakers who emerged as the Western Conference champions; the debut of the Chris Paul-led New Orleans Hornets in the playoffs after Hurricane Katrina and their 7-game series against defending champions San Antonio Spurs; and the Lakers' and Celtics' revitalization of their franchises, most especially after key trades during the pre-season and regular season. The Celtics ended up playing in 26 postseason games (2 games short of a full length postseason of 28), breaking the 25 game record of the 1994 New York Knicks by one game for the record of most postseason games in a single season played by a single NBA team. The two number one seeds, the Lakers and the Celtics, disputed the NBA championship, reviving their old rivalry, last played in the 1987 Finals. Also, it marked the first time since 2000 that both top seeds from each Conference met in the Finals. Contents [hide] 1 Format 2 Playoff qualifying 2.1 Eastern Conference 2.2 Western Conference 3 Bracket 4 Eastern Conference 4.1 First Round 4.1.1 (1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks 4.1.2 (2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers 4.1.3 (3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Toronto Raptors 4.1.4 (4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Washington Wizards 4.2 Conference Semifinals 4.2.1 (1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers 4.2.2 (2) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Orlando Magic 4.3 Conference Finals: (1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Detroit Pistons 5 Western Conference 5.1 First Round 5.1.1 (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets 5.1.2 (2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks 5.1.3 (3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Phoenix Suns 5.1.4 (4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Houston Rockets 5.2 Conference Semifinals 5.2.1 (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Utah Jazz 5.2.2 (2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs 5.3 Conference Finals: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs 6 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers 7 Broadcast notes 8 References 9 External links  Format The 2008 format is the same as 2007's format. The top 8 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs. The top 4 seeded teams are the three division winners and the best division runner-up all ranked on the basis of their standings. The bottom 4 seeded teams are seeded by basis of their standings. All series are in a best-of-seven format with the Games 1–2, 5 and 7 on the home court of the team with the better record (not necessarily higher seed). Exception: For the NBA Finals, the team with the better record will play Games 1–2 and 6–7 on their home court. Reseeding (as used in the Stanley Cup Playoffs) is not in use: therefore, all playoff matchups are predetermined via the teams' seedings.  Playoff qualifying  Eastern Conference The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East: Boston Celtics (66–16, clinched Atlantic Division, and home court advantage throughout the playoffs) Detroit Pistons (59–23, clinched Central Division title) Orlando Magic (52–30, clinched Southeast Division title) Cleveland Cavaliers (45–37) Washington Wizards (43–39) Toronto Raptors (41–41) Philadelphia 76ers (40–42) Atlanta Hawks (37–45)  Western Conference The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West: Los Angeles Lakers (57–25, clinched Pacific Division title, and home court advantage for the Western
Conference playoffs) New Orleans Hornets (56–26, clinched Southwest Division title, winning conference record tiebreaker over Spurs) San Antonio Spurs (56–26) Utah Jazz (54–28, clinched Northwest Division title) Houston Rockets (55–27, winning conference record tiebreaker over Suns) Phoenix Suns (55–27) Dallas Mavericks (51–31) Denver Nuggets (50–32)  Bracket This was the outlook for the 2008 NBA playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions possess an asterisk (*). First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals 1 *Boston 4 8 Atlanta 3 1 Boston 4 4 Cleveland 3 4 Cleveland 4 5 Washington 2 1 Boston 4 Eastern Conference 2 Detroit 2 3 *Orlando 4 6 Toronto 1 3 Orlando 1 2 Detroit 4 2 *Detroit 4 7 Philadelphia 2 E1 Boston 4 W1 L.A. Lakers 2 1 *L.A. Lakers 4 8 Denver 0 1 L.A. Lakers 4 4 Utah 2 4 *Utah 4 5 Houston 2 1 L.A. Lakers 4 Western Conference 3 San Antonio 1 3 San Antonio 4 6 Phoenix 1 3 San Antonio 4 2 New Orleans 3 2 *New Orleans 4 7 Dallas 1 This box: view • talk • edit  Eastern Conference  First Round  (1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks April 20 1 Atlanta Hawks 81, Boston Celtics 104 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT April 23 2 Atlanta Hawks 77, Boston Celtics 96 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT April 26 3 Boston Celtics 93, Atlanta Hawks 102 Philips Arena, Atlanta ESPN April 28 4 Boston Celtics 92, Atlanta Hawks 97 Philips Arena, Atlanta TNT April 30 5 Atlanta Hawks 85, Boston Celtics 110 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT May 2 6 Boston Celtics 100, Atlanta Hawks 103 Philips Arena, Atlanta ESPN May 4 7 Atlanta Hawks 65, Boston Celtics 99 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC Boston wins series, 4–3 Both Game 1 and Game 2 were Celtic routs, keyed by great team defense (Atlanta averaged 79 points in the first two games) and balanced Celtic scoring (six players were in double figures in Game 1, five in Game 2). The most buzz was generated by Mike Bibby stating that Celtic fans were bandwagoners after Game 1, prompting lusty boos every time he touched the ball in Game 2. In Game 3, Atlanta showed its athleticism with an array of dunks from Josh Smith (27 points) and a strong interior performance by the rookie Al Horford (17 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists), who also jawed with Paul Pierce near the end of the game. There would be more jawing in Game 4 between Zaza Pachulia and Kevin Garnett, but the outcome was a surprise: Thanks to fourth quarter heroics by Joe Johnson and Smith, who combined to score 32 of Atlanta's 34 4th quarter points, the upstart Hawks rallied from a 10 point third quarter deficit in Game 4 to tie the series going back to Boston. Boston dominated Game 5, but in Game 6, six Hawks players finished in double figures to edge the Celtics to force a winner-take-all Game 7. The Hawks were no match for the Celtics in Game 7, as the Celtics held them to 26 points in the 1st half. 3 minutes into the 2nd half, the series' tensions finally boiled over when Marvin Williams was ejected for committing a hard foul on Rajon Rondo.  (2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers April 20 1 Philadelphia 76ers 90, Detroit Pistons 86 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT April 23 2 Philadelphia 76ers 88, Detroit Pistons 105 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills NBA TV April 25 3 Detroit Pistons 75, Philadelphia 76ers 95 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia ESPN2 April 27 4 Detroit Pistons 93, Philadelphia 76ers 84 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia TNT April 29 5 Philadelphia 76ers 81, Detroit Pistons 98 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills NBA TV May 1 6 Detroit Pistons 100, Philadelphia 76ers 77 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia TNT Detroit wins series, 4–2 Misses down the stretch by Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace kept the Pistons from beating the Sixers at their home floor as Andre Iguodala grabbed clutch defensive rebounds to seize the home court advantage. The Pistons responded with a blowout in Game 2. Game 3 was close at halftime, but Samuel Dalembert and Andre Miller helped to break it open with strong overall performances. Detroit was behind by 12 in Game 4 at halftime and in danger of falling behind 3–1 going back home, but three second-half 3s by Rasheed Wallace and strong showings by Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups keyed an eighteen point 3rd quarter turnaround which helped even the series. Detroit dominated Game 5 behind Billups's 14 points and 5 first quarter assists, jumping out to a fourteen point lead and never looking back. Richard Hamilton keyed a similar such
start in Game 6, scoring 13 points, as the Pistons took an eighteen point first quarter lead and eventually rolled into the second round.  (3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Toronto Raptors April 20 1 Toronto Raptors 100, Orlando Magic 114 Amway Arena, Orlando TNT, TSN April 22 2 Toronto Raptors 103, Orlando Magic 104 Amway Arena, Orlando NBA TV April 24 3 Orlando Magic 94, Toronto Raptors 108 Air Canada Centre, Toronto NBA TV April 26 4 Orlando Magic 106, Toronto Raptors 94 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT April 28 5 Toronto Raptors 92, Orlando Magic 102 Amway Arena, Orlando NBA TV Orlando wins series, 4–1 Scoring 25 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, Dwight Howard gave the Magic their first playoffs win since 2003 as they practically led the entire game. Howard would put up a 29–20 in Game 2, as Hedo Turkoglu scored the final four go-ahead points to give the Magic a 2–0 lead. The Raptors would respond with a strong Game 3 victory keyed by great point guard play from T. J. Ford and Jose Calderon. But Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis and Keith Bogans keyed strong three point shooting in Game 4 and overcame Chris Bosh's 39 points and 15 rebounds to bring the Magic out of Toronto with a 3–1 lead. Howard would finish off the series in Game 5 as impressively as he started–21 points, 21 rebounds, 3 blocks.  (4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Washington Wizards April 19 1 Washington Wizards 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 93 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland ESPN April 21 2 Washington Wizards 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 116 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TNT April 24 3 Cleveland Cavaliers 72, Washington Wizards 108 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. TNT April 27 4 Cleveland Cavaliers 100, Washington Wizards 97 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. ABC April 30 5 Washington Wizards 88, Cleveland Cavaliers 87 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TNT May 2 6 Cleveland Cavaliers 105, Washington Wizards 88 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. ESPN2 Cleveland wins series, 4–2 LeBron James, labeled as "overrated" by Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson, scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Cavs draw first blood in their third first round meeting in as many years. The Cavs and Wizards traded blowouts in Games 2 and 3, but Cleveland took a 3–1 lead in the Verizon Center off of Delonte West's last second three pointer. Washington stayed alive by winning Game 5 when Caron Butler converted a running shot with only seconds left, capping off his 32 point performance. However, James would lead the Cavs to a dominating Game 6 victory in Washington with a triple double (27 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists); he also received crucial outside shooting from Wally Szczerbiak and Daniel Gibson, who combined for 48 points. This series was marked by several harsh physical plays on LeBron James, with Brendan Haywood, Stevenson, and Darius Songaila picking up technical and flagrant fouls for hard contact on James.  Conference Semifinals  (1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers May 6 1 Cleveland Cavaliers 72, Boston Celtics 76 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT May 8 2 Cleveland Cavaliers 73, Boston Celtics 89 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN May 10 3 Boston Celtics 84, Cleveland Cavaliers 108 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland ABC May 12 4 Boston Celtics 77, Cleveland Cavaliers 88 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TNT May 14 5 Cleveland Cavaliers 89, Boston Celtics 96 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT May 16 6 Boston Celtics 69, Cleveland Cavaliers 74 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland ESPN May 18 7 Cleveland Cavaliers 92, Boston Celtics 97 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC Boston wins series, 4–3 Although the Celtics had a quick turnaround from their unexpected seven-game series with Atlanta, they managed to hold off the Cavs by winning the first two games in Boston. Kevin Garnett scored 28 points and 8 rebounds and made the go-ahead shot in Game 1. LeBron James would only shoot 8 for 42 from the field in the first two games. Cleveland would come back to win the next two games, Game 3, a blowout where five Cavs scored in double figures, and Game 4 where James would punctuate the victory with a dunk over Garnett. James's shooting improved in the return to the Garden in Game 5, but received minimal help from his teammates as Rajon Rondo, Garnett, and Paul Pierce all scored over 20 points to push Boston over the top. Game 6 was an ugly affair, with both teams shooting under 40 percent, but a 32-12-6 performance by James was enough. Boston, the best road team in the regular season, fell to 0-6 on the road. Game 7 would end in a duel between Pierce (41 points) and James (45 points) that some compared to the great Bird-Dominique duel in the Garden 20 years
ago. But timely offensive rebounding (10 in all), 18 second chance points, and a few key shots from the Celtic veteran P.J. Brown helped push Boston into the Eastern Conference Finals.  (2) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Orlando Magic May 3 1 Orlando Magic 72, Detroit Pistons 91 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT May 5 2 Orlando Magic 93, Detroit Pistons 100 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT May 7 3 Detroit Pistons 86, Orlando Magic 111 Amway Arena, Orlando TNT May 10 4 Detroit Pistons 90, Orlando Magic 89 Amway Arena, Orlando ESPN May 13 5 Orlando Magic 86, Detroit Pistons 91 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT Detroit wins series, 4–1 The Detroit Pistons opened up with a rout in Game 1, as Detroit's big men keyed in on Dwight Howard and forced him to playoff lows 12 points and 8 rebounds, with five Pistons scoring in double figures. After being quiet in Game 2, the Magic's 3 point shooting picked up (11 for 26, Jameer Nelson making five for eight), but could not overcome 19 turnovers and fell down in the series 2-0. There would also be a controversial call at the end of the third quarter where Chauncey Billups would make a 3 near the end of the 3rd quarter when the clock froze and approximately 0.5 seconds remained, but TNT clocks would later reveal that Billups could not have gotten the ball off in time. The Magic would take a 24-6 lead at home in Game 3 and use a 38-17 4th quarter to blow out Detroit; they were paced by 33 points by Rashard Lewis. Billups would injure his right hamstring early in the game and miss the remainder of the series, but they would not need him for Game 4 as Richard Hamilton scored 32 points and the Pistons came from 15 back in the 3rd quarter. Tayshaun Prince would make the go-ahead basket with 8.9 seconds left and Hedo Turkoglu missed a layup as time ran out. Billups's starting replacement, Rodney Stuckey, struggled in Game 4, but came back with a strong Game 5. The Magic would outshoot the Pistons 48 to 36 percent, would make 36 percent of their 3s compared to 21 percent for Detroit, and outrebound them 46 to 38, but turned the ball over 21 times while Detroit had only 3. Rip Hamilton again led Detroit with 31 points, and Prince made the crucial defensive play by blocking Turkoglu's layup in the waning seconds. Detroit advanced to their sixth straight Eastern Conference Finals, the longest Conference Finals streak since the Los Angeles Lakers went to eight straight in the 80s.  Conference Finals: (1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Detroit Pistons May 20 1 Detroit Pistons 79, Boston Celtics 88 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN May 22 2 Detroit Pistons 103, Boston Celtics 97 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN May 24 3 Boston Celtics 94, Detroit Pistons 80 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ABC May 26 4 Boston Celtics 75, Detroit Pistons 94 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN May 28 5 Detroit Pistons 102, Boston Celtics 106 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN May 30 6 Boston Celtics 89, Detroit Pistons 81 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN Boston wins series, 4–2 Detroit walked into the NBA Eastern Conference Finals for the sixth straight season. Boston held off the Pistons in Game 1 on 79-88, but let Detroit rally a strong performance in Game 2 to win it 103-97 (marking Boston's first home court loss in the post-season). However, they let the Celtics win their first road playoff game 94-80 in Game 3. Game 4 saw the Pistons win 94-75, however they lost Game 5 106-102 despite a scoring run late in the game. In Game 6, the Pistons strolled into the fourth quarter leading 70-60, but a lack of focus, a poor game from Rasheed Wallace, and a rally-destroying turnover by Tayshaun Prince ultimately led to their demise, as the Pistons would end their season losing 89-81. With that, the Celtics moved on to the NBA Finals, and they will face the Los Angeles Lakers for the 11th time.  Western Conference  First Round  (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets April 20 1 Denver
Nuggets 114, Los Angeles Lakers 128 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC April 23 2 Denver Nuggets 107, Los Angeles Lakers 122 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT April 26 3 Los Angeles Lakers 102, Denver Nuggets 84 Pepsi Center, Denver TNT April 28 4 Los Angeles Lakers 107, Denver Nuggets 101 Pepsi Center, Denver TNT Los Angeles wins series, 4–0 In Pau Gasol's playoff debut with the Lakers, he scored 36 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocked shots as the Lakers beat the Nuggets in Game 1. Kobe Bryant gave the fans a vintage performance in Game 2 by scoring 49 points and adding 10 assists in a blowout at Staples Center. The Nuggets were routed at home in Game 3, with Carmelo Anthony stating the team quit in the second half. Game 4 was closer, but Bryant led the Lakers with 14 points in the last five and a half minutes to close out the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. It's the first time the Lakers advanced to the second round since the 2003-04 NBA season.  (2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks April 19 1 Dallas Mavericks 92, New Orleans Hornets 104 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans ESPN April 22 2 Dallas Mavericks 103, New Orleans Hornets 127 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT April 25 3 New Orleans Hornets 87, Dallas Mavericks 97 American Airlines Center, Dallas ESPN April 27 4 New Orleans Hornets 97, Dallas Mavericks 84 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT April 29 5 Dallas Mavericks 94, New Orleans Hornets 99 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT New Orleans wins series, 4–1 In his playoff debut, Chris Paul scored 35 points, dished out 10 assists, and stole the ball 4 times to lead the Hornets to a comeback home win against the Mavericks. He would replicate that type of performance in Game 2 with 32 points and 17 assists. Dallas would come out with a dominant Game 3 performance at home after inserting Jason Terry into the starting lineup, but New Orleans would win the final two games of the series, keyed by David West in Game 4 and Paul's triple-double in Game 5.  (3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Phoenix Suns April 19 1 Phoenix Suns 115, San Antonio Spurs 117 (2OT) AT&T Center, San Antonio ABC April 22 2 Phoenix Suns 96, San Antonio Spurs 102 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT April 25 3 San Antonio Spurs 115, Phoenix Suns 99 US Airways Center, Phoenix ESPN April 27 4 San Antonio Spurs 86, Phoenix Suns 105 US Airways Center, Phoenix ABC April 29 5 Phoenix Suns 87, San Antonio Spurs 92 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT San Antonio wins series, 4–1 Michael Finley made a game-tying three in regulation, Tim Duncan scored 40 points, including a rare three-point field goal to force a second overtime, and Manu Ginóbili clinched victory with a drive to the basket to break the 115-all deadlock with 1.8 seconds left to win a classic Game 1. Tony Parker would then pace the Spurs to their next two victories in the series, scoring 32 and 41 in Games 2 and 3 respectively. At the brink of elimination, Phoenix responded with a strong Game 4. But costly missed free throws by Shaquille O'Neal and key turnovers by Steve Nash helped San Antonio to prevail in Game 5, led again by Parker's 31 points. Also notable was Gregg Popovich's use of the Hack-a-Shaq throughout the series to disrupt the Suns offense when Shaquille O'Neal was on the floor. O'Neal would shoot 64 free throws in the five games, making 32 of them.  (4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Houston Rockets April 19 1 Utah Jazz 93, Houston Rockets 82 Toyota Center, Houston ESPN April 21 2 Utah Jazz 90, Houston Rockets 84 Toyota Center, Houston TNT April 24 3 Houston Rockets 94, Utah Jazz 92 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City TNT April 26 4 Houston Rockets 82, Utah Jazz 86 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN April 29 5 Utah Jazz 69, Houston Rockets 95 Toyota Center, Houston NBA TV May 2 6 Houston Rockets 91, Utah Jazz 113 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN Utah wins series, 4–2 The Jazz had a balanced game from Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams to steal the home court advantage away from the Rockets. A similar such performance in Game 2 put Utah in a commanding 2–0 lead going back to Salt Lake City. Rafer Alston's return to the Houston lineup after injury, along with Tracy McGrady's 27 points and Carl Landry's key block of Deron Williams on the crucial possession helped Houston to steal Game 3 on the road. Williams responded with a strong performance in a Game 4 victory, plus got some help from Mehmet Okur with his offensive rebound off of his two missed free throws. The Rockets controlled Game 5 to stay alive, but despite getting 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists from McGrady in Game 6 and 15 pts from Luis Scola, the rest of Houston's team shot 10 for 39 from the field and could not overcome losing Alston to an ankle injury as the Jazz blew the game open with a 27–11 3rd quarter.  Conference Semifinals
 (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Utah Jazz May 4 1 Utah Jazz 98, Los Angeles Lakers 109 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC May 7 2 Utah Jazz 110, Los Angeles Lakers 120 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT May 9 3 Los Angeles Lakers 99, Utah Jazz 104 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN May 11 4 Los Angeles Lakers 115, Utah Jazz 123 (OT) EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ABC May 14 5 Utah Jazz 104, Los Angeles Lakers 111 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT May 16 6 Los Angeles Lakers 108, Utah Jazz 105 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN Los Angeles wins series, 4–2 The Lakers, who came out with nothing to lose, took Game 1 in Staples Center winning by 11 against the Jazz. After being awarded this season's NBA MVP in Game 2, Kobe Bryant celebrated with his team as he led the Lakers to victory with 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Unfortunately, the Jazz cut the party short as they headed back home where the Jazz won both Games 3 and 4 to even up the series with Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, who bounced back after having two terrible games at L.A., leading the team. The Lakers came back with authority as they took Game 5 with Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom scoring 20 plus points each. The Jazz looked to force a Game 7 but the Lakers did not trail and closed out the series in Game 6 with a 108-105 win at Utah where the Jazz were 37-4 during the regular season. Bryant led the team with 34 points as the Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals where they haven't been since 2004.  (2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs May 3 1 San Antonio Spurs 82, New Orleans Hornets 101 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT May 5 2 San Antonio Spurs 84, New Orleans Hornets 102 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT May 8 3 New Orleans Hornets 99, San Antonio Spurs 110 AT&T Center, San Antonio ESPN May 11 4 New Orleans Hornets 80, San Antonio Spurs 100 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT May 13 5 San Antonio Spurs 79, New Orleans Hornets 101 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT May 15 6 New Orleans Hornets 80, San Antonio Spurs 99 AT&T Center, San Antonio ESPN May 19 7 San Antonio Spurs 91, New Orleans Hornets 82 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT San Antonio wins series, 4–3 The Hornets, who earned the home-court advantage via winning the Southwest division, were able to gain a quick 2-0 lead in the series over the veteran Spurs. But when the series shifted to San Antonio the Spurs regained their edge, returning the favor in games 3 and 4. Game 5 back in New Orleans shocked many as the Hornets played off the home crowd to a 22 point rout. The home teams were clearly dominating in this series as Game 6 was more of the same in San Antonio. However, that all changed when a much anticipated Game 7 saw the Spurs erect a 15 point lead after 3 quarters, which proved to be enough (even after the Hornets cut the deficit to 3 with 1:35 left) to send them to another Western Conference Finals.  Conference Finals: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs May 21 1 San Antonio Spurs 85, Los Angeles Lakers 89 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT May 23 2 San Antonio Spurs 71, Los Angeles Lakers 101 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT May 25 3 Los Angeles Lakers 84, San Antonio Spurs 103 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT May 27 4 Los Angeles Lakers 93, San Antonio Spurs 91 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT May 29 5 San Antonio Spurs 92, Los Angeles Lakers 100 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT Los Angeles wins series, 4–1 The series pitted the two best teams in the Western Conference over the last 10 years. Having the home court advantage, the Lakers started out as a favorite and did not disappoint their home crowd as they overcame a 20-point deficit in Game 1 and won behind Kobe Bryant's 27 points, 25 of which were scored in the second half. Game 2 was a cruise for the Lakers as they made a 9-0 run before halftime, led all game and built the lead to 30. The Spurs easily took Game 3 at home with Manu Ginobili carrying the Spurs after two terrible games at L.A, making 5 3-pointers and finishing with 30 points; Tony Parker and Tim Duncan added 42 more. In Game 4 the Lakers never trailed (the Spurs missed several opportunities to take the lead) and led comfortably late, but a furious run by the Spurs and several mistakes by the Lakers (Bryant attempting a running fallaway with plenty of time on the shot clock, Gasol missing two free throws) gave San Antonio a chance to tie or win with seconds left. On a
disputed no-call, Derek Fisher fell into Brent Barry's path, but no foul was called and Barry missed a last second 3-pointer. Heading home up 3-1 in the series, the Lakers trailed in the first quarter by 17 but was able to cut the lead to six by halftime. Again, Bryant stepped up by scoring 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, enabling the Lakers to surge ahead and seal the series, helping them to reach the NBA finals for the 5th time in 9 seasons and the first time in the post-Shaq era. The Lakers were able to reach the NBA Finals again as the no. 1 seed. The last time this happened to the team was during the 2000 NBA season, where they beat the Indiana Pacers 4-2. They also improved to 4-0 against San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers will look to renew their rivalry with the Boston Celtics as the two match up for the 11th time in the NBA Finals.  NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers Main article: 2008 NBA Finals June 5 1 Los Angeles Lakers 88, Boston Celtics 98 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC June 8 2 Los Angeles Lakers 102, Boston Celtics 108 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC June 10 3 Boston Celtics 81, Los Angeles Lakers 87 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC June 12 4 Boston Celtics 97, Los Angeles Lakers 91 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC June 15 5 Boston Celtics 98, Los Angeles Lakers 103 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC June 17 6 Los Angeles Lakers 92, Boston Celtics 131 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC Boston wins NBA Finals, 4–2  Broadcast notes The Playoffs began on Saturday April 19, with the Washington Wizards facing the Cleveland Cavaliers on ESPN. ABC kicked off its coverage with the Phoenix Suns facing the San Antonio Spurs. TNT's coverage began with a tripleheader on Sunday, April 20 in a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Orlando Magic, with the Denver Nuggets playing the L.A. Lakers on ABC in between. NBA TV has been broadcasting weeknight coverage of playoff games for at least the first round. The Eastern Conference Finals were televised on ABC and ESPN, beginning Tuesday May 20 at 8:30 pm EST. Game 3 is scheduled to be televised on ABC—all other games are scheduled on ESPN. The last possible end date for the Eastern Conference Finals will be on June 1st, if the series goes to a seventh and deciding game. The Western Conference Finals were televised on TNT, beginning Wednesday May 21 at 9 pm EST. The last possible end date for the Western Conference Finals will be on June 2, if the series goes to a seventh and deciding game. The NBA Finals were televised on ABC, beginning Thursday June 5 at 9 pm EST. The latest possible end date for the NBA Finals will be June 19, if the Finals goes to a seventh and deciding game. ABC's lead announcing team for the NBA Playoffs (and, by extension, the NBA Finals) was play-by-play man Mike Breen, joined by analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy along with sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Lisa Salters were the second team broadcasting on ABC. The latter, with the exception of Salters, were the lead broadcast team for ESPN Radio's NBA coverage, with Jim Durham and Jack Ramsay the secondary broadcast duo. ESPN's other play-by-play announcers include Dave Pasch and Dan Shulman, along with analysts Rick Carlisle, Jon Barry and Doris Burke. Sideline reporters include Heather Cox, Holly Rowe and Ric Bucher. TNT's lead announcing teams for the NBA Playoffs were Marv
Albert with Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan with Doug Collins. Play-by-play announcers Dick Stockton and Matt Devlin will also be teamed with Mike Fratello and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy on a rotating basis. Sideline reporters include Craig Sager, Cheryl Miller, Pam Oliver, David Aldridge, Marty Snider, Dei Lynam, and Stephanie Ready.  References ^ http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/04/22/bibby-calls-bostons-fans-bandwagon-jumpers/ Bibby: Boston Fans are "Bandwagon Jumpers", AOL Fanhouse ^ Dwight Howard’s 20-20 Game Leads Magic Past Raptors, NBA.com ^ James Scores 20 of his 32 in Second Half, NBA.com ^ Lakers Take 3-0 Series Lead Over Nuggets, NBA.com ^ Paul Lifts Hornets over Mavs for Game 1 Win, NBA.com ^ Duncan Scores 40 to Lead Spurs to Game 1 Win Over Suns, NBA.com ^ Jazz beat Rockets 93-82 in series opener, NBA.com ^ Tentative 2008 Playoff schedule ^ ESPN's announcing schedule ^ TNT's announcing schedule  External links Official website of the NBA Official website of the 2008 NBA Playoffs ESPN's NBA page ESPN's announcing schedule TNT's announcing schedule [show]v • d • eNBA Playoffs Conference Finals • Game 7 • Memorial Day Miracle • The Shot 1940s 1947 1948 1949 1950s 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960s 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970s 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980s 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990s 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000s 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 [hide]v • d • e2007–08 NBA season by team 2007 NBA Draft • All-Star Game • Playoffs • Finals • Transactions East Atlantic Boston Celtics New Jersey Nets New York Knicks Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors Central Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Milwaukee Bucks Southeast Atlanta Hawks Charlotte Bobcats Miami Heat Orlando Magic Washington Wizards West Southwest Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Hornets San Antonio Spurs Northwest Denver Nuggets Minnesota Timberwolves Portland Trail Blazers Seattle SuperSonics Utah Jazz Pacific Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns Sacramento Kings Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_NBA_Playoffs" Categories: 2007-08 NBA season | 2008 in basketball | National Basketball Association playoffs
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America East Conference Albany - Will Brown Binghamton - Kevin Broadus Boston University - Dennis Wolff Hartford - Dan Leibovitz Maine - Ted Woodward New Hampshire - Bill Herrion Stony Brook - Steve Pikiell UMBC - Randy Monroe Vermont - Mike Lonergan 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! America East Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference Charlotte - Bobby Lutz Dayton - Brian Gregory Duquesne - Ron Everhart Fordham - Dereck Whittenburg George Washington - Karl Hobbs La Salle - John Giannini Rhode Island - Jim Baron Richmond - Chris Mooney St. Bonaventure - Mark Schmidt Saint Joseph's - Phil Martelli Saint Louis - Rick Majerus Temple - Fran Dunphy UMass - Derek Kellogg Xavier - Sean Miller 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Atlantic 10 Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference Boston College - Al Skinner Clemson - Oliver Purnell Duke - Mike Krzyzewski Florida State - Leonard Hamilton Georgia Tech - Paul Hewitt Maryland - Gary Williams Miami (Florida) - Frank Haith North Carolina - Roy Williams North Carolina State - Sidney Lowe Virginia - Dave Leitao Virginia Tech - Seth Greenberg Wake Forest - Dino Gaudio 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Sun Conference Belmont - Rick Byrd Campbell - Robbie Laing East Tennessee State - Murry Bartow Florida Gulf Coast - Dave Balza Jacksonville - Cliff Warren Kennesaw State - Tony Ingle Lipscomb - Scott Sanderson Mercer - Bob Hoffman North Florida - Matt Kilcullen Stetson - Derek Waugh USC Upstate - Eddie Payne 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Atlantic Sun Conference
Big 12 Conference Baylor - Scott Drew Colorado - Jeff Bzdelik Iowa State - Greg McDermott Kansas - Bill Self Kansas State - Frank Martin Missouri - Mike Anderson Nebraska - Doc Sadler Oklahoma - Jeff Capel III Oklahoma State - Travis Ford Texas - Rick Barnes Texas A&M - Mark Turgeon Texas Tech - Pat Knight 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Big 12 Conference
Big East Conference Cincinnati - Mick Cronin Connecticut - Jim Calhoun DePaul - Jerry Wainwright Georgetown - John Thompson III Louisville - Rick Pitino Marquette - Buzz Williams Notre Dame - Mike Brey Pittsburgh - Jamie Dixon Providence - Keno Davis Rutgers - Fred Hill St. John's - Norm Roberts Seton Hall - Bobby Gonzalez South Florida - Stan Heath Syracuse - Jim Boeheim Villanova - Jay Wright West Virginia - Bobby Huggins 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Big East Conference
Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington - Kirk Earlywine Idaho State - Joe O'Brien Montana - Wayne Tinkle Montana State - Brad Huse Northern Arizona - Mike Adras Northern Colorado - Tad Boyle Portland State - Ken Bone Sacramento State - Brian Katz Weber State - Randy Rahe 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Big Sky Conference
Big South Conference Charleston Southern - Barclay Radebaugh Coastal Carolina - Cliff Ellis Gardner-Webb - Rick Scruggs High Point - Bart Lundy Liberty - Ritchie McKay Presbyterian - Gregg Nibert Radford - Brad Greenberg UNC-Asheville - Eddie Biedenbach VMI - Duggar Baucom Winthrop - Randy Peele 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Big South Conference
Big Ten Conference Illinois - Bruce Weber Indiana - Tom Crean Iowa - Todd Lickliter Michigan - John Beilein Michigan State - Tom Izzo Minnesota - Tubby Smith Northwestern - Bill Carmody Ohio State - Thad Matta Penn State - Ed DeChellis Purdue - Matt Painter Wisconsin - Bo Ryan 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Big Ten Conference
Big West Conference Cal Poly - Kevin Bromley Cal State Fullerton - Bob Burton Cal State Northridge - Bobby Braswell Long Beach State - Dan Monson Pacific - Bob Thomason UC Davis - Gary Stewart UC Irvine - Pat Douglass UC Riverside - Jim Wooldridge UC Santa Barbara - Bob Williams 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Big West Conference
Colonial Athletic Association Delaware - Monte Ross Drexel - Bruiser Flint George Mason - Jim Larranaga Georgia State - Rod Barnes Hofstra - Tom Pecora James Madison - Matt Brady Northeastern - Bill Coen Old Dominion - Blaine Taylor Towson - Pat Kennedy UNC-Wilmington - Benny Moss Virginia Commonwealth - Anthony Grant William & Mary - Tony Shaver 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Colonial Athletic Association
Conference USA East Carolina - Mack McCarthy Houston - Tom Penders Marshall - Donnie Jones Memphis - John Calipari Rice - Ben Braun Southern Methodist - Matt Doherty Southern Mississippi - Larry Eustachy Tulane - Dave Dickerson Tulsa - Doug Wojcik UAB - Mike Davis UCF - Kirk Speraw UTEP - Tony Barbee 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Conference USA
Horizon League - Butler - Brad Stevens Cleveland State - Gary Waters Detroit - Ray McCallum Loyola (Chicago) - Jim Whitesell UIC - Jimmy Collins UW-Green Bay - Tod Kowalczyk UW-Milwaukee - Rob Jeter Valparaiso - Homer Drew Wright State - Brad Brownell Youngstown State - Jerry Slocum 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Horizon League
Independents Bryant - Tim O'Shea Cal State Bakersfield - Keith Brown Chicago State - Benjy Taylor Houston Baptist - Ron Cottrell Longwood - Mike Gillian New Jersey Institute of Technology - Jim Engles North Carolina Central - Henry Dickerson Savannah State - Horace Broadnax SIU-Edwardsville - Lennox Forrester Texas-Pan American - Tom Schuberth Utah Valley - Dick Hunsaker 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! NCAA Division I independent schools (basketball)
Ivy League Brown - Jesse Agel Columbia - Joe Jones Cornell - Steve Donahue Dartmouth - Terry Dunn Harvard - Tommy Amaker Penn - Glen Miller Princeton - Sydney Johnson Yale - James Jones 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Ivy League
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Canisius - Tom Parrotta Fairfield - Ed Cooley Iona - Kevin Willard Loyola (Maryland) - Jimmy Patsos Manhattan - Barry Rohrssen Marist - Chuck Martin Niagara - Joe Mihalich Rider - Tommy Dempsey St. Peter's - John Dunne Siena - Fran McCaffery 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference Akron – Keith Dambrot Ball State – Billy Taylor Bowling Green – Louis Orr Buffalo – Reggie Witherspoon Central Michigan – Ernie Ziegler Eastern Michigan – Charles Ramsey Kent State – Geno Ford Miami – Charlie Coles Northern Illinois – Ricardo Patton Ohio – John Groce Toledo – Gene Cross Western Michigan – Steve Hawkins 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Mid-American Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bethune-Cookman - Clifford Reed Coppin State - Ron Mitchell Delaware State - Greg Jackson Florida A&M - Mike Gillespie Hampton - Kevin Nickelberry Howard - Gil Jackson Maryland-Eastern Shore - Meredith Smith Morgan State - Todd Bozeman Norfolk State - Anthony Evans North Carolina A&T - Jerry Eaves South Carolina State - Tim Carter Winston-Salem State - Bobby Collins 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference Bradley - Jim Les Creighton - Dana Altman Drake - Mark Phelps Evansville - Marty Simmons Illinois State - Tim Jankovich Indiana State - Kevin McKenna Missouri State - Cuonzo Martin Northern Iowa - Ben Jacobson Southern Illinois - Chris Lowery Wichita State - Gregg Marshall 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Missouri Valley Conference
Mountain West Conference Air Force - Jeff Reynolds Brigham Young - Dave Rose Colorado State - Tim Miles New Mexico - Steve Alford San Diego State - Steve Fisher Texas Christian - Neil Dougherty UNLV - Lon Kruger Utah - Jim Boylen Wyoming - Heath Schroyer 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Mountain West Conference
Northeast Conference Central Connecticut State - Howie Dickenman Fairleigh Dickinson - Tom Green LIU-Brooklyn - Jim Ferry Monmouth - Dave Calloway Mount St. Mary's - Milan Brown Quinnipiac - Tom Moore Robert Morris - Mike Rice Jr. Sacred Heart - Dave Bike St. Francis (PA) - Don Friday St. Francis (NY) - Brian Nash Wagner - Mike Deane 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Northeast Conference
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay - Dave Loos Eastern Illinois - Mike Miller Eastern Kentucky - Jeff Neubauer Jacksonville State - James Green Morehead State - Donnie Tyndall Murray State - Billy Kennedy Southeast Missouri - Zac Roman Tennessee-Martin - Bret Campbell Tennessee State - Cy Alexander Tennessee Tech - Mike Sutton 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Ohio Valley Conference
Pacific-10 Conference Arizona - Russ Pennell Arizona State - Herb Sendek California - Mike Montgomery Oregon - Ernie Kent Oregon State - Craig Robinson Stanford - Johnny Dawkins UCLA - Ben Howland USC - Tim Floyd Washington - Lorenzo Romar Washington State - Tony Bennett 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Pacific-10 Conference
Patriot League American - Jeff Jones Army - Jim Crews Bucknell - Dave Paulsen Colgate - Emmett Davis Holy Cross - Ralph Willard Lafayette - Fran O'Hanlon Lehigh - Brett Reed Navy - Billy Lange 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Patriot League
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Southern Conference Appalachian State - Houston Fancher Chattanooga - John Shulman The Citadel - Ed Conroy College of Charleston - Bobby Cremins Davidson - Bob McKillop Elon - Ernie Nestor Furman - Jeff Jackson Georgia Southern - Jeff Price Samford - Jimmy Tillette UNC-Greensboro - Mike Dement Western Carolina - Larry Hunter Wofford - Mike Young 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Southern Conference
Southland Conference Central Arkansas - Rand Chappell Lamar - Steve Roccaforte McNeese State - Dave Simmons Nicholls State - J. P. Piper Northwestern State - Mike McConathy Sam Houston State - Bob Marlin Southeastern Louisiana - Jim Yarbrough Stephen F. Austin - Danny Kaspar Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Perry Clark Texas-Arlington - Scott Cross Texas-San Antonio - Brooks Thompson Texas State - Doug Davalos 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Southland Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama A&M - L. Vann Pettaway Alabama State - Lewis Jackson Alcorn State - Samuel West Arkansas-Pine Bluff - George Ivory Grambling State - Larry Wright Jackson State - Tevester Anderson Mississippi Valley State - Sean Woods Prairie View A&M - Byron Rimm II Southern - Rob Spivery Texas Southern - Tony Harvey 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Southwestern Athletic Conference
The Summit League Centenary - Greg Gary IPFW - Dane Fife IUPUI - Ron Hunter North Dakota State - Saul Phillips Oakland - Greg Kampe Oral Roberts - Scott Sutton South Dakota State - Scott Nagy Southern Utah - Roger Reid UMKC - Matt Brown Western Illinois - Derek Thomas 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! The Summit League
Sun Belt Conference Arkansas-Little Rock - Steve Shields Arkansas State - Dickey Nutt Denver - Joe Scott Florida Atlantic - Mike Jarvis Florida International - Sergio Rouco Louisiana-Lafayette - Robert Lee Louisiana-Monroe - Orlando Early Middle Tennessee - Kermit Davis New Orleans - Joe Pasternack North Texas - Johnny Jones South Alabama - Ronnie Arrow Troy - Don Maestri Western Kentucky - Ken McDonald 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Sun Belt Conference
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Western Athletic Conference Boise State - Greg Graham Fresno State - Steve Cleveland Hawai?i - Bob Nash Idaho - Don Verlin Louisiana Tech - Kerry Rupp Nevada - Mark Fox New Mexico State - Marvin Menzies San Jose State - George Nessman Utah State - Stew Morrill 227's NCAA Basketball Tournament! Western Athletic Conference
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