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The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Association's 2004–05 season.

The San Antonio Spurs, the number two ranked team in the Western Conference, won the 2005 NBA Playoffs by defeating the defending champions, the Detroit Pistons, 4-3 in the NBA Finals. The Spurs' Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP.

The NBA Finals marked the first time since 1987 that the two previous champions met in the Finals (the Spurs won in 2003, the Pistons in 2004). For the Spurs it was their third championship (they also won in the strike-shortened season of 1999).

The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls both ended long playoff droughts in 2005 (and drew each other as a first-round matchup). For Washington it was their first playoff appearance since 1997 (and even more ironic their opponents for that postseason appearance were the Bulls who swept them 3-0 on their way to the NBA Title), and only their third since 1988. Their 4-2 series victory over the Bulls marked the Wizards' first playoff series win since 1982, a drought of 23 years.

It was the Bulls' first post-Michael Jordan playoff appearance, as their last playoff game had been the winning game of the NBA Finals in 1998. In the years between, the Bulls had consistently placed at or near the bottom of the Central Division, but their 47-35 season in 2005 marked a 24-game improvement from the previous year.

For the 3rd straight year the Indiana Pacers met the Boston Celtics in the first round. Boston prevailed in 2003 in six games, while Indiana swept Boston in 2004.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, it marked the first time in eleven seasons (dating back to 1994) and the fifth time in NBA history that they were not included in the playoffs.

This was the last time that the Seattle SuperSonics would be in the playoffs as the SuperSonics before they had relocated to Oklahoma to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Beginning with the 2004–05 season, with the addition of the 30th NBA franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA realigned its divisions. Each conference now has three divisions of five teams each, and at this point in time, the winner of each division was guaranteed a top three playoff seed, regardless of whether the team had one of the top eight records in its conference. However, the division champion was not guaranteed home court advantage; a division-leading team with a poor record could be ranked number three but face a sixth seed with a better record, which would then have the home court advantage. This has since been rectified by the NBA.


Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

Best record in conference

The Miami Heat clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Miami Heat (clinched Southeast division)
  2. Detroit Pistons (clinched Central division)
  3. Boston Celtics (clinched Atlantic division)
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Washington Wizards
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Philadelphia 76ers
  8. New Jersey Nets

Western Conference

Best record in NBA

The Phoenix Suns clinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. However, when Phoenix lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals.

Clinched a playoff berth

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Phoenix Suns (clinched Pacific division)
  2. San Antonio Spurs (clinched Southwest division)
  3. Seattle SuperSonics (clinched Northwest division)
  4. Dallas Mavericks
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Sacramento Kings
  7. Denver Nuggets
  8. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference

Champion: Detroit Pistons

First Round

(1) Miami Heat vs. (8) New Jersey Nets:Heat win series 4–0

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers:Pistons win series 4–1

(3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) Indiana Pacers:Pacers win series 4–3

(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington Wizards:Wizards win series 4–2

Conference Semifinals

(1) Miami Heat vs. (5) Washington Wizards:Heat win series 4–0

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Indiana Pacers:Pistons win series 4–2

Conference Finals

(1) Miami Heat vs. (2) Detroit Pistons:Pistons win series 4–3

The Pistons beat the Heat in this series 4-3 due much to the comeback mounted in the 4th quarter of game 7 of the Eastern Conference by Chauncey Billups.

D-Wade also missed Game 5 of the series due to a rib injury.

Western Conference

Champion: San Antonio Spurs

First Round

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies:Suns win series 4–0

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Denver Nuggets:Spurs win series 4–1

(3) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (6) Sacramento Kings:SuperSonics win series 4–1

(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Houston Rockets:Mavericks win series 4–3

Conference Semifinals

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks:Suns win series 4–2

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics:Spurs win series 4–2

Conference Finals

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs:Spurs win series 4–1

NBA Finals

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Detroit Pistons:Spurs win series, 4–3

The Finals were broadcast in the United States on ABC and in Canada on TSN. For a list of international broadcasters see the NBA international TV site.Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" music video became the anthem song for the playoffs and the conclusion song at the end of the regular season.

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