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The 1999 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1998-99 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs winning their first ever NBA championship by defeating the eighth-seeded Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks four games to one. The 1999 playoffs are memorable for the fact that a number eight seed made it to the Finals for the only time in history, as well as the fact that it came after a lockout-shortened fifty game season.

The 1999 playoffs featured the Philadelphia 76ers' first trip to the postseason since their 1991 second-round playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls, and their first appearance since drafting Allen Iverson with the first overall pick in 1996. Iverson would later lead the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals. The Bulls, despite being defending champions, failed to make the playoffs (owing mostly to the retirement of Michael Jordan).

The Milwaukee Bucks also ended a long playoff drought in this tournament, advancing to the postseason for the first time since 1991.

After losing their Eastern Conference semifinal series to the Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks would not return to the playoffs until 2008.

Game 4 of the Spurs-Lakers series would be the last game ever played in the Great Western Forummarker.

For the first time since 1991, no series went the full seven games.


Playoff qualifying

Western Conference

Champion: San Antonio Spurs

1st Round

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves:Spurs win series 3-1

(2) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (7) Phoenix Suns:Blazers win series 3-0

(3) Utah Jazz vs. (6) Sacramento Kings:Jazz win series 3-2

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets:Lakers win series 3-1

Conference Semifinals

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (4) Los Angeles Lakers:Spurs win series 4-0

(2) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (3) Utah Jazz:Blazers win series 4-2

Conference Finals

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Portland Trail Blazers:Spurs win series 4-0
  • Game 1 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 80, Portland 76
  • Game 2 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 86, Portland 85 (Sean Elliott makes the "Memorial Day Miracle")
  • Game 3 @ Portland: San Antonio 85, Portland 63
  • Game 4 @ Portland: San Antonio 94, Portland 80

Eastern Conference

Champion: New York Knicks

1st Round

(1) Miami Heat vs. (8) New York Knicks:Knicks win series 3-2
  • Game 5 @ Miami: New York 78, Miami 77 (Allan Houston hits the series-winning shot)

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks:Pacers win series 3-0

(3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Philadelphia 76ers:76ers win series 3-1

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons:Hawks win series 3-2

Conference Semifinals

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Philadelphia 76ers:Pacers win series 4-0

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (8) New York Knicks:Knicks win series 4-0

Conference Finals

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) New York Knicks:Knicks win series 4-2
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 92, Indiana 91 (Larry Johnson's game-winning four-point play)

NBA Finals

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) New York Knicks:Spurs win series 4-1
  • Game 1 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 89, New York 77
  • Game 2 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 80, New York 67
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 89, San Antonio 81
  • Game 4 @ New York: San Antonio 96, New York 89
  • Game 5 @ New York: San Antonio 78, New York 77 (Avery Johnson hits the championship-winning shot)

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