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2015 NBA Playoffs
Season 2014–15
Teams 16
Champions Golden State Warriors (4th title)
Runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers (2nd finals appearance)
Semifinalists

The 2015 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2014–15 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeating the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Andre Iguodala was named NBA Finals MVP.

Overview[edit]

For the first time since 2005–06, all teams from a particular division made the playoffs (in this case, all five teams from the Southwest Division).

The Los Angeles Clippers hosting the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the First Round series at the Staples Center.

The San Antonio Spurs made their 18th straight playoff appearance, while the Atlanta Hawks (eighth straight playoff appearance)[1] and the Golden State Warriors (third straight playoff appearance) entered the playoffs as the first seeds of their respective conferences. The Warriors and Hawks advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1976 and 1970, respectively.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made their first postseason appearance since 2010, the final season of LeBron James' first stint with the Cavaliers. They also made their first Conference Finals appearance since 2009, where they lost 4–2 to the Orlando Magic, and their first Finals appearance since 2007, when they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. On the other hand, James' former team, the Miami Heat, missed the playoffs after making the previous year's Finals, becoming the first team to do so since the 2005 Lakers. Miami had qualified for the playoffs for six consecutive seasons before missing this year, also reaching the NBA Finals four consecutive times.

The Heat were also one of three conference finalists from the previous year to miss the playoffs, along with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers. Oklahoma City and Indiana were tied with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Brooklyn Nets with 45 and 38 wins, respectively, but missed the playoffs due to tiebreakers.

Despite starting their respective seasons in a rebuilding mode, both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Bucks head coach Jason Kidd became the first head coach to lead two teams to the playoffs in his first two seasons, having led the Nets to the playoffs the previous season.[2]

The first round of the playoffs saw a record six teams take a 3–0 lead in their respective series, the first time it had happened since the first round expanded to a best-of-seven series in 2003.[3]

The fifth seed defeated the fourth seed in both conferences for the third straight year.[4][5][6]

Game 7 between the Clippers and Spurs ensured a 16th straight postseason in which at least one Game 7 was played; 1999 was the last postseason to not feature a Game 7.

The San Antonio Spurs became the first defending champions to be eliminated in the first round since the 2011–12 Dallas Mavericks. This was only the second time it had happened since 2000.

With the Spurs being eliminated in the first round, none of the eight teams remaining at the beginning of the Conference Semifinals had previously won an NBA championship in the 21st century. After the first round of the playoffs, of the teams who had previously won an NBA championship, the Chicago Bulls had the shortest drought at 17 years, having most recently won an NBA championship in 1998, while the Atlanta Hawks had the longest overall drought at 57 years, having won their only previous championship in 1958 when the franchise was based in St. Louis.

In Game 4 of the Nets' first-round playoff series against the Hawks on April 27, Deron Williams scored a playoff career-high 35 points in a 120–115 overtime win to tie the series at 2-2.[7]

For the first time since 1970, the Hawks made the Conference Finals (then called the Division Finals). Since 1970, they had lost all 15 Division or Conference Semifinal series they participated in. The Warriors made their first conference finals appearance since 1976, and the Houston Rockets made their first conference finals appearance since 1997.[citation needed] These three were the NBA teams which had been waiting for the longest time for a return to the conference finals.

For the second straight year, the No. 1 seed faced the No. 2 seed in the Conference Finals, and for the fourth time since 2000.[citation needed]

In the second round, all teams that held a 2–1 series lead within the first three games of their respective series had gone on to lose that series.

The Rockets became only the second franchise to twice come back from 3–1 series deficits to win the series by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in the Semifinals. They had first achieved that goal 20 years ago against the Phoenix Suns. The Boston Celtics are the only other franchise to twice make this comeback, doing it in 1968 and 1981. Overall, eleven teams have achieved the feat, with the Warriors doing it in the Conference Finals and Cavaliers doing it in the NBA Finals the year after.

For the first time in NBA playoff history, both conference finals teams, the Warriors of the West and the Cavaliers of the East, held commanding 3–0 series leads. Cleveland went on to the finals, sweeping the Atlanta Hawks 4–0 while Golden State won their series 4–1 defeating the Houston Rockets.[8][9]

For the first time since the inaugural Basketball Association of America season in 1946–47, two rookie coaches, David Blatt of the Cavaliers and Steve Kerr of the Warriors, met each other in the NBA finals.

Format[edit]

Within each conference, the three division winners and the five non-division winners with the most wins qualified for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record; however, a division winner is guaranteed to be ranked at least fourth, regardless of record.

Each conference's bracket is fixed; there is no reseeding. All rounds are best-of-seven series; the team that has four wins advances to the next round. As stated above, all rounds, including the NBA Finals, are in a 2–2–1–1–1 format. Home court advantage in any round does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead to the team with the better regular season record. If two teams with the same record meet in a round, standard tiebreaker rules are used. The rule for determining home court advantage in the NBA Finals is winning percentage, then head to head record, followed by record vs. opposite conference.

Tiebreaker rules[edit]

The tiebreakers that determine seedings are:

  1. Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division
  2. Head-to-head record
  3. Division record (if all the tied teams are in the same division)
  4. Conference record
  5. Record vs. playoff teams, own conference
  6. Record vs. playoff teams, other conference (only in two-way tie)
  7. Point differential, all games

If there are more than two teams tied, the team that wins the tiebreaker gets the highest seed, while the other teams were "re-broken" from the first step until all ties were resolved. Since the three division winners were guaranteed a spot in the top four, ties to determine the division winners had to be broken before any other ties.

Possible future changes[edit]

As the 2014–15 regular season proceeded into February 2015, the ninth-place team in the Western Conference had a better record than the eighth-place team in the East. This led NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to suggest changing the playoff format, where the top 16 teams throughout the entire league would qualify, regardless of division or conference.[10] Silver then stated that the league might not be able to implement such changes until the 2016–17 season at the earliest.[11]

Playoff qualifying[edit]

On March 3, the Atlanta Hawks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot. This was the earliest a team had clinched a playoff spot since the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls clinched on March 2.[12] The Golden State Warriors became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot on March 16.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Seed Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Atlanta Hawks 60–22 March 3[13] March 20[14] March 27[15]
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 53–29 March 20[16] April 8[17]
3 Chicago Bulls 50–32 March 23[18]
4 Toronto Raptors 49–33 March 25[19] March 27[20]
5 Washington Wizards 46–36 March 30[21]
6 Milwaukee Bucks 41–41 April 12
7 Boston Celtics 40–42 April 13
8 Brooklyn Nets 38–44[a] April 15

Western Conference[edit]

Seed Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Golden State Warriors 67–15 March 16[22] March 24 March 28 April 4[23]
2 Houston Rockets 56–26[b] March 27 April 15
3 Los Angeles Clippers 56–26[b] March 27
4 Portland Trail Blazers 51–31 March 30 April 3
5 Memphis Grizzlies 55–27[c] March 23
6 San Antonio Spurs 55–27[c] April 1
7 Dallas Mavericks 50–32 April 7
8 New Orleans Pelicans 45–37[d] April 15
Notes
  1. ^ Brooklyn Nets clinched #8 seed over Indiana Pacers based on a 2–1 regular season series record.
  2. ^ a b Houston Rockets clinched #2 seed over Los Angeles Clippers based on winning Southwest Division.
  3. ^ a b Memphis Grizzlies clinched #5 seed over San Antonio Spurs based on Southwest Division winning percentage. (.563 vs .500)
  4. ^ New Orleans Pelicans clinched #8 seed over Oklahoma City Thunder based on 3–1 regular season series record.

Bracket[edit]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Teams with home court advantage are shown in Italics.


  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Atlanta* 4  
E8 Brooklyn 2  
  E1 Atlanta* 4  
  E5 Washington 2  
E4 Toronto* 0
E5 Washington 4  
  E1 Atlanta* 0  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Cleveland* 4  
E3 Chicago 4  
E6 Milwaukee 2  
  E3 Chicago 2
  E2 Cleveland* 4  
E2 Cleveland* 4
E7 Boston 0  
  E2 Cleveland* 2
  W1 Golden State* 4
W1 Golden State* 4  
W8 New Orleans 0  
  W1 Golden State* 4
  W5 Memphis 2  
W4 Portland* 1
W5 Memphis 4  
  W1 Golden State* 4
Western Conference
  W2 Houston* 1  
W3 LA Clippers 4  
W6 San Antonio 3  
  W3 LA Clippers 3
  W2 Houston* 4  
W2 Houston* 4
W7 Dallas 1  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
italics Team with home-court advantage


Notes[edit]

  • Memphis had home court advantage in the first round despite being a lower seed as they had a better regular season record than their opponent, but did not have the best record of the non-division-champion playoff teams in the West.

Eastern Conference[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

First Round[edit]

(1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (8) Brooklyn Nets[edit]

April 19
5:30 pm
Brooklyn Nets 92, Atlanta Hawks 99
Scoring by quarter: 20–32, 25–23, 17–19, 30–25
Pts: Johnson, Lopez 17 each
Rebs: Brook Lopez 14
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
Pts: Kyle Korver 21
Rebs: Al Horford 10
Asts: three players 3 each
Atlanta leads series, 1–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,440
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Bennett Salvatore
April 22
7:00 pm
Brooklyn Nets 91, Atlanta Hawks 96
Scoring by quarter: 24–29, 23–21, 20–25, 24–21
Pts: Jarrett Jack 23
Rebs: Deron Williams 10
Asts: Deron Williams 8
Pts: Paul Millsap 19
Rebs: Al Horford 13
Asts: Al Horford 7
Atlanta leads series, 2–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,207
Referees: Mike Callahan, Michael Smith, Zach Zarba
April 25
3:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 83, Brooklyn Nets 91
Scoring by quarter: 16–31, 24–16, 22–20, 21–24
Pts: DeMarre Carroll 22
Rebs: Paul Millsap 17
Asts: Jeff Teague 6
Pts: Brook Lopez 22
Rebs: Brook Lopez 13
Asts: Jarrett Jack 8
Atlanta leads series, 2–1
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Joe Crawford, Tony Brown, Ron Garretson
April 27
7:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 115, Brooklyn Nets 120 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 27–20, 31–29, 22–30Overtime: 11–16
Pts: Carroll, Teague 20 each
Rebs: Paul Millsap 12
Asts: Jeff Teague 11
Pts: Deron Williams 35
Rebs: Brook Lopez 10
Asts: Deron Williams 7
Series tied, 2–2
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: James Capers, Eric Lewis, Jason Phillips
April 29
7:00 pm
Brooklyn Nets 97, Atlanta Hawks 107
Scoring by quarter: 16–33, 28–20, 26–29, 27–25
Pts: Alan Anderson 23
Rebs: Joe Johnson 9
Asts: Jack, Williams 6 each
Pts: DeMarre Carroll 24
Rebs: Al Horford 15
Asts: Jeff Teague 8
Atlanta leads series, 3–2
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,105
Referees: Monty McCutchen, David Jones, James Williams
May 1
8:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 111, Brooklyn Nets 87
Scoring by quarter: 36–23, 15–22, 41–21, 19–21
Pts: Paul Millsap 25
Rebs: Paul Millsap 9
Asts: Jeff Teague 13
Pts: Brook Lopez 19
Rebs: Jack, Lopez 7 each
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
Atlanta wins series, 4–2
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Ken Mauer, John Goble, Ed Malloy

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Hawks and Nets.[24]

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (7) Boston Celtics[edit]

April 19
3:00 pm
Boston Celtics 100, Cleveland Cavaliers 113
Scoring by quarter: 31–27, 23–35, 22–29, 24–22
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 22
Rebs: Evan Turner 7
Asts: Isaiah Thomas 10
Pts: Kyrie Irving 30
Rebs: Kevin Love 12
Asts: LeBron James 7
Cleveland leads series, 1–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, Zach Zarba
April 21
7:00 pm
Boston Celtics 91, Cleveland Cavaliers 99
Scoring by quarter: 26–25, 24–26, 18–24, 23–24
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 22
Rebs: Evan Turner 12
Asts: Isaiah Thomas 7
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 11
Asts: LeBron James 7
Cleveland leads series, 2–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Bennett Salvatore
April 23
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 103, Boston Celtics 95
Scoring by quarter: 31–25, 25–23, 28–28, 19–19
Pts: LeBron James 31
Rebs: LeBron James 11
Asts: Kyrie Irving 6
Pts: Evan Turner 19
Rebs: Sullinger, Turner 8 each
Asts: Evan Turner 8
Cleveland leads series, 3–0
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: James Capers, David Guthrie, Jason Phillips
April 26
1:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 101, Boston Celtics 93
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 28–17, 13–25, 31–32
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Irving, Mozgov 11 each
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Sullinger, Thomas 21 each
Rebs: Jared Sullinger 11
Asts: Isaiah Thomas 9
Cleveland wins series, 4–0
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Tony Brothers, John Goble, Leroy Richardson

(3) Chicago Bulls vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

April 18
7:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 91, Chicago Bulls 103
Scoring by quarter: 29–30, 22–30, 24–26, 16–17
Pts: Khris Middleton 18
Rebs: Zaza Pachulia 10
Asts: Jerryd Bayless 5
Pts: Jimmy Butler 25
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
Chicago leads series, 1–0
United Center, Chicago
Attendance: 21,812
Referees: Scott Foster, Kane Fitzgerald, Bill Kennedy
April 20
8:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 82, Chicago Bulls 91
Scoring by quarter: 16–11, 22–28, 30–32, 14–20
Pts: Khris Middleton 22
Rebs: Giannis Antetokounmpo 11
Asts: Giannis Antetokounmpo 4
Pts: Jimmy Butler 31
Rebs: Joakim Noah 19
Asts: Derrick Rose 9
Chicago leads series, 2–0
United Center, Chicago
Attendance: 21,661
Referees: James Williams, Bill Spooner, Monty McCutchen
April 23
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 113, Milwaukee Bucks 106 (2OT)
Scoring by quarter: 27–27, 22–26, 25–18, 21–24Overtime: 6–6, 12–5
Pts: Derrick Rose 34
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Derrick Rose 8
Pts: Giannis Antetokounmpo 25
Rebs: John Henson 14
Asts: Michael Carter-Williams 9
Chicago leads series, 3–0
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy
April 25
5:30 pm
Chicago Bulls 90, Milwaukee Bucks 92
Scoring by quarter: 23–19, 27–31, 21–23, 19–19
Pts: Jimmy Butler 33
Rebs: Pau Gasol 10
Asts: Derrick Rose 6
Pts: O. J. Mayo 18
Rebs: Giannis Antetokounmpo 8
Asts: three players 5 each
Chicago leads series, 3–1
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Zach Zarba, David Guthrie, Jason Phillips

During the final minute of the game, Derrick Rose drove inside then passed to Pau Gasol who laid it in as he was fouled. Gasol would then make the free throw and tie the game at 90. Then, when Rose tried to win the series for Chicago, he crossed but then was stripped by Khris Middleton. He then attempted a half court shot, which was blocked by Jimmy Butler when timeout was called. With 1.3 seconds left, Jared Dudley found the lead pass for Jerryd Bayless, due to a defensive breakdown by Derrick Rose, who then hit the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer, allowing the Bucks to stave off elimination for at least one more game.

April 27
8:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 94, Chicago Bulls 88
Scoring by quarter: 23–22, 29–27, 24–21, 18–18
Pts: Michael Carter-Williams 22
Rebs: John Henson 14
Asts: Michael Carter-Williams 9
Pts: Pau Gasol 25
Rebs: Joakim Noah 13
Asts: Butler, Noah, 6 each
Chicago leads series, 3–2
United Center, Chicago
Attendance: 21,814
Referees: Joe Crawford, Sean Corbin, Sean Wright
April 30
7:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 120, Milwaukee Bucks 66
Scoring by quarter: 34–16, 31–17, 26–19, 29–14
Pts: Mike Dunleavy 20
Rebs: Joakim Noah 10
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
Pts: Zaza Pachulia 8
Rebs: Miles Plumlee 6
Asts: Jerryd Bayless 5
Chicago wins series, 4–2
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Mike Callahan, Derrick Stafford, Tom Washington

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bucks winning two out of the first three meeting.

(4) Toronto Raptors vs. (5) Washington Wizards[edit]

April 18
12:30 pm
Washington Wizards 93, Toronto Raptors 86 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 19–23, 27–19, 19–14, 17–26Overtime: 11–4
Pts: Paul Pierce 20
Rebs: Nenê 13
Asts: John Wall 8
Pts: Amir Johnson 18
Rebs: DeMar DeRozan 11
Asts: DeMar DeRozan 6
Washington leads series, 1–0
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, Josh Tiven
April 21
8:00 pm
Washington Wizards 117, Toronto Raptors 106
Scoring by quarter: 26–31, 34–18, 37–26, 20–31
Pts: Bradley Beal 28
Rebs: Nenê, Porter 9 each
Asts: John Wall 17
Pts: DeRozan, Williams 20 each
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 10
Asts: DeMar DeRozan 7
Washington leads series, 2–0
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Courtney Kirkland
April 24
8:00 pm
Toronto Raptors 99, Washington Wizards 106
Scoring by quarter: 35–33, 13–21, 22–18, 29–34
Pts: DeMar DeRozan 32
Rebs: Amir Johnson 12
Asts: Kyle Lowry 7
Pts: Marcin Gortat 24
Rebs: Marcin Gortat 13
Asts: John Wall 15
Washington leads series, 3–0
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,356
Referees: Tony Brothers, Sean Corbin, John Goble
April 26
6:30 pm
Toronto Raptors 94, Washington Wizards 125
Scoring by quarter: 22–36, 28–30, 20–36, 24–23
Pts: Kyle Lowry 21
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 9
Asts: three players 4 each
Pts: Bradley Beal 23
Rebs: Marcin Gortat 11
Asts: John Wall 10
Washington wins series, 4–0
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,356
Referees: Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Raptors and Wizards.[27]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Washington Wizards[edit]

May 3
1:00 p.m.
Washington Wizards 104, Atlanta Hawks 98
Scoring by quarter: 26–37, 27–26, 28–20, 23–15
Pts: Bradley Beal 28
Rebs: Marcin Gortat 12
Asts: John Wall 13
Pts: DeMarre Carroll 24
Rebs: Al Horford 17
Asts: Paul Millsap 8
Washington leads series, 1–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,148
Referees: Scott Foster, Pat Fraher, Ron Garretson
May 5
8:00 p.m.
Washington Wizards 90, Atlanta Hawks 106
Scoring by quarter: 20–28, 26–25, 29–27, 15–26
Pts: Bradley Beal 20
Rebs: Marcin Gortat 9
Asts: Bradley Beal 7
Pts: DeMarre Carroll 22
Rebs: Paul Millsap 11
Asts: Jeff Teague 8
Series tied, 1–1
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,131
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Josh Tiven
May 9
5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks 101, Washington Wizards 103
Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 25–28, 23–29, 35–18
Pts: Schröder, Teague 18 each
Rebs: Al Horford 10
Asts: Jeff Teague 7
Pts: three players 17 each
Rebs: Otto Porter 9
Asts: Bradley Beal 8
Washington leads series, 2–1
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,356
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bennett Salvatore, Zach Zarba

The Hawks rallied from a 19-point deficit heading into the final period to tie the score at 101 with a basket. On the ensuing possession, Paul Pierce, who was double-teamed, hit a fadeaway jumper off the backboard at the buzzer to give the Wizards a 103–101 victory and a 2–1 lead in the series. After the game, when ESPN analyst Chris Broussard asked Pierce if he called bank on that shot, he responded, "I called game!"

May 11
7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks 106, Washington Wizards 101
Scoring by quarter: 29–26, 36–29, 20–20, 21–26
Pts: Jeff Teague 26
Rebs: Al Horford 10
Asts: Schröder, Teague 8 each
Pts: Bradley Beal 34
Rebs: Marcin Gortat 8
Asts: Bradley Beal 7
Series tied, 2–2
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,356
Referees: Ken Mauer, John Goble, Ed Malloy
May 13
8:00 p.m.
Washington Wizards 81, Atlanta Hawks 82
Scoring by quarter: 19–23, 28–18, 15–22, 19–19
Pts: Bradley Beal 23
Rebs: Otto Porter 10
Asts: John Wall 7
Pts: Al Horford 23
Rebs: Al Horford 11
Asts: Dennis Schröder 7
Atlanta leads series, 3–2
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,854
Referees: Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers, Tom Washington

With 8.3 seconds left, Kyle Korver inbounded the ball to Dennis Schroder, who drives for the layup that was blocked by John Wall, then Al Horford gets the offensive rebound and hits the game-winning layup with 1.9 seconds left. John Wall then misses the half-court buzzer beater, and the Hawks take the 3–2 series lead.

May 15
7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks 94, Washington Wizards 91
Scoring by quarter: 19–20, 26–19, 27–25, 22–27
Pts: DeMarre Carroll 25
Rebs: Paul Millsap 13
Asts: Jeff Teague 7
Pts: Bradley Beal 29
Rebs: Nenê 11
Asts: John Wall 13
Atlanta wins series, 4–2
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,356
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, Derrick Stafford

The Hawks were up by 3, with 6.4 seconds to go. Bradley Beal's inbound pass goes to John Wall who tries to get open with time running down, then he gives to Paul Pierce who hits the off-balanced game-tying 3. But then, after the officials review the play, they said the shot did not count. The Hawks won the series and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1970.

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Wizards (formerly known as the Bullets) winning three out of the first four meetings.

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (3) Chicago Bulls[edit]

May 4
7:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 99, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
Scoring by quarter: 27–15, 22–29, 32–26, 18–22
Pts: Derrick Rose 25
Rebs: Pau Gasol 10
Asts: Jimmy Butler 6
Pts: Kyrie Irving 30
Rebs: LeBron James 15
Asts: LeBron James 9
Chicago leads series, 1–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy

The Bulls led wire to wire to go up 1–0 in the series, leading by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. The Cavs rallied to tie the game early in the third quarter. However, the Bulls went on a 15–0 run in the third quarter to regain control before holding off the Cavs late in the 4th quarter.

May 6
7:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 91, Cleveland Cavaliers 106
Scoring by quarter: 18–38, 27–26, 26–23, 20–19
Pts: Jimmy Butler 18
Rebs: Derrick Rose 7
Asts: Derrick Rose 10
Pts: LeBron James 33
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 12
Asts: Matthew Dellavedova 9
Series tied, 1–1
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, James Williams

Facing the possibility of going down 2–0 heading to Chicago, the Cavaliers blew out the Bulls in Game 2, leading wire to wire as they evened the series 1–1. The Cavs outscored the Bulls by 20 points in the first quarter and never looked back. The Bulls got no closer than 11 for the rest of the game. LeBron led the Cavs with 33 points on 13/29 shooting while Irving chipped in 21 points.

May 8
8:00 p.m.
Cleveland Cavaliers 96, Chicago Bulls 99
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 25–29, 24–27, 23–25
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 13
Asts: LeBron James 14
Pts: Derrick Rose 30
Rebs: Joakim Noah 11
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
Chicago leads series, 2–1
United Center, Chicago
Attendance: 22,246
Referees: Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers, Eric Lewis

J.R. Smith returned to the lineup after missing the first two games due to suspension. This was a very competitive game that saw neither team lead by more than 8 points. Trailing 94–93, LeBron James missed a go ahead layup with under 24 seconds to play. Taj Gibson was fouled and made two free throws to make it 96–93 Bulls. James found Smith, who hit the game tying three to make it 96–96. The Bulls called timeout on their final possession of regulation. Rose shot a deep three that went off the backboard and into the basket, giving the Bulls a 99–96 win and a 2–1 series lead. Rose led the Bulls with 30 points. LeBron led the Cavs with 27, but he continued to struggle with his shot and Jimmy Butler's defense, going 8/25 for the game and 1/7 on threes.

May 10
3:30 p.m.
Cleveland Cavaliers 86, Chicago Bulls 84
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 23–17, 12–23, 25–16
Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: LeBron James 14
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Derrick Rose 31
Rebs: Joakim Noah 15
Asts: Derrick Rose 4
Series tied, 2–2
United Center, Chicago
Attendance: 22,256
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Tom Washington

Looking to go up 3–1 and take complete control of the series, the Bulls went up 37–29 early in the second quarter. However, the Cavs scored 16 unanswered points to go up 45-37 before settling for a 49–45 halftime lead. The Bulls dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 23–12. They led by as many as 11 points before settling for a 68–61 lead heading into the 4th quarter. Led by J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov, the Cavs would rally, opening the 4th quarter on a 19–5 run to take an 80–73 lead with just under 5 minutes to play. With just under 40 seconds to play, LeBron hit two consecutive free throws to put the Cavs up 84–79. Butler hit a three on the Bulls' next possession, cutting the deficit to 84–82. The Cavs were forced to burn three consecutive timeouts as they were unable to inbound the ball. Once they inbounded the ball, James tried to burn the clock down as he was double teamed by Rose and Dunleavy. However, he swung his arm and committed an offensive foul on Dunleavy, giving the ball back to the Bulls with 14 seconds remaining. Rose tied the game with a layup to even the game at 84–84 with 8 seconds remaining. James rushed down the court and tried to score the go-ahead layup but was blocked. The ball went out of bounds with 1.5 seconds remaining. On the Cavs' final possession, Matthew Dellavedova inbounded the ball to James. James fired a jumper over Butler that went through the hoop as the buzzer sounded, giving the Cavs an 86–84 win. The Cavs regained homecourt advantage as they evened up the series at 2–2. James led the team with 25 points (10/30 shooting) while Rose led the Bulls with 31 points on 11/23 shooting.

This game was particularly controversial due to a timeout that wasn't called late in the game. After Rose made the layup to tie the game at 84–84, Cavaliers head coach, David Blatt, attempted to call timeout. However, the Cavs were out of timeouts. Calling a timeout without having one would have resulted in a technical foul and possession of the ball would go to the Bulls. Tyron Lue held back Blatt and prevented him from getting that timeout. None of the officials noticed Blatt signaling timeout as James ran up the court for what would eventually lead to his game winning buzzer beater.

Following the game, the NBA officiating report revealed that Blatt should have been charged with a timeout that would have drawn a technical and Cavs turnover.

May 12
7:00 p.m.
Chicago Bulls 101, Cleveland Cavaliers 106
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 20–29, 27–26, 30–26
Pts: Jimmy Butler 29
Rebs: three players 9 each
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
Pts: LeBron James 38
Rebs: LeBron James 12
Asts: LeBron James 6
Cleveland leads series, 3–2
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Zach Zarba

The Bulls scored the first 8 points of the contest and led 18-8 early in the first quarter. However, the Cavs closed the first quarter on a 17–6 run to take a 25–24 lead into the 2nd quarter. The Cavs' momentum carried over into the 2nd quarter as they built a 54–44 halftime lead. James, who had struggled mightily with his shooting throughout the series, scored 24 points on 10/12 shooting in the first half. The Cavaliers controlled the third quarter and led by 9 after three quarters. Early in the 4th quarter, Dellavedova fell down, and Gibson's legs got tangled up with his. Gibson, attempting to break free, kicked Dellavedova. Gibson was charged with a flagrant 2 and ejected. The Cavs went up by as many as 17 points in the 4th quarter and led 97v82 with just over 6 minutes to play. However, the Bulls would rally, going on a 17–4 run to make it 101–99 Cavs with just over one minute to play. Trailing by 2, Butler attempted a three that would have given the Bulls to lead. However, he missed. James ran the clock down and missed a shot on the Cavs' next possession. However, Shumpert grabbed the offensive rebound. With 20 seconds remaining, and trailing by 2, the Bulls were forced to foul. However, the Cavs made their free throws and closed the game out, winning 106–101 and taking a 3–2 series lead. James led the Cavaliers with 38 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 6 assists and 0 turnovers. Butler led the Bulls with 29 points. Rose scored 12 points in the first quarter on 5/9 shooting. He had only 5 points on 2/15 shooting in the final three quarters, including 0 made baskets in the second half.

May 14
8:00 p.m.
Cleveland Cavaliers 94, Chicago Bulls 73
Scoring by quarter: 33–31, 25–13, 15–16, 21–13
Pts: Matthew Dellavedova 19
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 17
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Jimmy Butler 20
Rebs: Joakim Noah 11
Asts: Derrick Rose 6
Cleveland wins series, 4–2
United Center, Chicago
Attendance: 22,695
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Sean Wright

After three consecutive contests came down to the final minute, the Cavaliers finally finished off the Bulls, eliminating them 94–73 at the United Center to win the series 4–2. The Bulls led 40–38 halfway through the second quarter. However, the Cavs closed the half on a 20–4 run, leading by 14 at halftime. The Cavs never relinquished control, leading by double digits for the entire second half and going up by as many as 27 points in the 4th quarter. Irving was forced out of the game after suffering an injury in the second quarter. However, Dellavedova led the way, scoring a playoff career high and season high 19 points to lead the Cavaliers. James had 15–9–11, one rebound shy of a triple double. Butler led the Bulls with 20 points. The Bulls scored 31 points in the 1st quarter. However, they were held to 42 points in the final three quarters, including 29 in the second half.

It was the 4th time in the last 6 seasons that the Bulls were eliminated by a team with LeBron James on its roster.

This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning five out of the first six meetings.

Conference Finals: (1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

May 20
8:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 97, Atlanta Hawks 89
Scoring by quarter: 20–26, 31–25, 23–16, 23–22
Pts: LeBron James 31
Rebs: Timofey Mozgov 11
Asts: Irving, James 6 each
Pts: Jeff Teague 27
Rebs: three players 7 each
Asts: Schröder, Teague 4 each
Cleveland leads series, 1–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,489
Referees: Scott Foster, Pat Fraher, Jason Phillips

The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 97–89, stealing homecourt advantage and taking a 1-0 series lead. LeBron led the team with 31 points while J.R. Smith chipped in 28 points, going 8/12 on threes and setting a Cavaliers franchise record for made threes in a playoff game. The game was tied 63–63 in the 3rd quarter. However, the Cavs, led by Smith's hot shooting, went on a 22-4 run (including an 11–0 run to start the fourth quarter) as they went up 85–67 and seized control. The Hawks would attempt to mount a rally, cutting an 18-point deficit down to 4 with under 50 seconds remaining. However, James drove through the lane and made a dunk to put the Cavs up 6. After Paul Millsap missed a three that would have made it a one possession game with 23 seconds remaining, the Cavs made their free throws to close it out.

May 22
8:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 94, Atlanta Hawks 82
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 28–28, 30–17, 10–16
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 16
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Dennis Schröder 13
Rebs: Mike Scott 7
Asts: Jeff Teague 6
Cleveland leads series, 2–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,670
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Bill Spooner

With Irving sitting out due to injury, the Hawks were in a great position to even up the series. However, the Cavaliers blew out the Hawks and took a commanding 2–0 series lead, winning 94–82. The Cavs led 54–49 at halftime. Coming out of halftime, the Cavs seized control, outscoring the Hawks 30-17 in the third quarter, leading by as many as 20 before settling for an 84–66 lead heading into the 4th quarter. The Cavs scored only 10 points in the final period, but the Hawks trailed by double digits for the entire quarter and failed to make a significant run, managing 16 points. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs, scoring 30 points while having 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points off the bench. It was the first time this season that the Hawks had lost consecutive home games. The game was memorable when Hawks' 3-point specialist Kyle Korver sprain his right ankle after the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova fell on his right leg while attempting to dive for a loose ball. This injury kept Korver out for the rest of the postseason and would require surgery in the off-season along with an injured elbow that bothered him for most of the season.

May 24
8:30 pm
Atlanta Hawks 111, Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 25–27, 27–33, 28–23, Overtime: 7–10
Pts: Jeff Teague 30
Rebs: Millsap, Scott 9 each
Asts: Jeff Teague 7
Pts: LeBron James 37
Rebs: LeBron James 18
Asts: LeBron James 13
Cleveland leads series, 3–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers, Ed Malloy

In a pivotal Game 3, LeBron James got off to an awful start, going 0/9 in the first quarter as the Hawks led 24–21. Near the end of the second quarter, Al Horford and Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up on the floor. Horford, who had scored 15 points on 7/10 shooting in the first half, swung his elbow at Dellavedova. He received a Flagrant 2 and was ejected. Many believe he shouldn't have been ejected because Dellavadova seemed to be looking to perform another bad injury like he did on Kyle Korver during game 2 injuring him for the entire playoffs. The Hawks led 49–48 at halftime. However, the Cavs would dominate the third quarter again, outscoring the Hawks 33–27 to take a 5-point lead into the 4th quarter. The Cavs led by as many 10 in the 4th quarter, leading 88–78. However, the Hawks, led by Jeff Teague, would go on a 26–12 run, taking a four-point lead with just under 1:45 to play. The Cavs scored the final four points of regulation to tie up the game. The Hawks had the final possession of regulation. However, Teague's potential game winning three missed at the buzzer, and the game went into overtime. With just under one minute to play in overtime, the Hawks trailed 109–108. Teague hit a three pointer over Thompson to put the Hawks up 111–109. On the Cavs' next possession, James attempted a jumper that rimmed out. However, Thompson grabbed the offensive rebound and passed it back to James. James went behind the three point line and shot a three that went down, putting the Cavs back ahead 112–111. Out of the timeout, the Hawks turned it over on their next possession. On the Cavs' next possession, James ran the shot clock down before driving into the paint and making a layup to put the Cavs up 114–111. The Hawks had two chances to tie the game and potentially force a second overtime, but Shelvin Mack missed both game tying three point attempts, sending the Hawks to their third straight loss as the Cavs went up 3–0 in the series. James recorded his 51st career triple-double (12th of the postseason) with 37 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists. Teague led the Hawks with 30 points.

May 26
8:30 pm
Atlanta Hawks 88, Cleveland Cavaliers 118
Scoring by quarter: 20–32, 22–27, 18–26, 28–33
Pts: Jeff Teague 17
Rebs: Paul Millsap 10
Asts: Horford, Millsap 5 each
Pts: LeBron James 23
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 11
Asts: LeBron James 7
Cleveland wins series, 4–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Derrick Stafford

After missing the last two games against the Hawks, Irving made his return to the lineup. The Cavaliers routed the Hawks by 30 points, dominating from start to finish. The Cavs led 32–20 after the first quarter and never looked back. After leading by 17 at halftime, the Cavs controlled the entire second half. The Cavs led 85–60 heading into the fourth quarter, a quarter where very few starters logged minutes. The Cavaliers went on to win 118–88 as the franchise clinched their second Eastern Conference Championship in franchise history and returned to the Finals for the first time since 2007. The Atlanta Hawks became the first #1 seed to be swept in the Conference Finals since the Nets swept the Pistons in the 2003 Conference Finals. LeBron James and James Jones also became the first non-Celtics to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals series.

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Cavaliers winning the only prior meeting.

Western Conference[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

First Round[edit]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) New Orleans Pelicans[edit]

April 18
3:30 pm
New Orleans Pelicans 99, Golden State Warriors 106
Scoring by quarter: 13–28, 28–31, 25–25, 33–22
Pts: Anthony Davis 35
Rebs: Aşık, Pondexter 9 each
Asts: Cole, Pondexter 6 each
Pts: Stephen Curry 34
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 14
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Golden State leads series, 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Tony Brothers, Sean Corbin, Jason Phillips
April 20
10:30 pm
New Orleans Pelicans 87, Golden State Warriors 97
Scoring by quarter: 28–17, 24–38, 19–16, 16–26
Pts: Anthony Davis 26
Rebs: Ömer Aşık 13
Asts: Tyreke Evans 7
Pts: Klay Thompson 26
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 14
Asts: Stephen Curry 6
Golden State leads series, 2–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Sean Wright
April 23
9:30 pm
Golden State Warriors 123, New Orleans Pelicans 119 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 25–26, 27–37, 17–26, 39–19, Overtime: 15–11
Pts: Stephen Curry 40
Rebs: Draymond Green 17
Asts: Stephen Curry 9
Pts: Anthony Davis 29
Rebs: Anthony Davis 15
Asts: Tyreke Evans 8
Golden State leads series, 3–0
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 18,444
Referees: Scott Foster, Kane Fitzgerald, Derrick Stafford

After Anthony Davis split a pair of free throws, Curry missed an attempted game-tying three, but Marreese Speights grabbed the offensive rebound and Curry hit another three to tie the game at 108. The Warriors would win in OT.

April 25
8:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 109, New Orleans Pelicans 98
Scoring by quarter: 31–24, 36–30, 21–13, 21–31
Pts: Stephen Curry 39
Rebs: Draymond Green 10
Asts: Stephen Curry 9
Pts: Anthony Davis 36
Rebs: Anthony Davis 11
Asts: Evans, Gordon 5 each
Golden State wins series, 4–0
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 18,443
Referees: Danny Crawford, Derrick Collins, Marc Davis

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Warriors and Pelicans.[31]

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks[edit]

April 18
9:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 108, Houston Rockets 118
Scoring by quarter: 19–32, 36–27, 22–25, 31–34
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 24
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 18
Asts: Rajon Rondo 5
Pts: James Harden 24
Rebs: Trevor Ariza 11
Asts: James Harden 11
Houston leads series, 1–0
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,231
Referees: Joe Crawford, Tony Brown, Ron Garretson
April 21
9:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 99, Houston Rockets 111
Scoring by quarter: 24–23, 27–30, 29–28, 19–30
Pts: Monta Ellis 24
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Ellis, Felton 3
Pts: Dwight Howard 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Josh Smith 9
Houston leads series, 2–0
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,243
Referees: Ken Mauer, David Jones, Ed Malloy
April 24
7:00 pm
Houston Rockets 130, Dallas Mavericks 128
Scoring by quarter: 42–36, 23–36, 36–27, 29–29
Pts: James Harden 42
Rebs: Dwight Howard 26
Asts: James Harden 9
Pts: Ellis, Nowitzki 34 each
Rebs: Nowitzki, Chandler 8 each
Asts: Barea, Ellis 9 each
Houston leads series, 3–0
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,651
Referees: Mike Callahan, Michael Smith, Tom Washington
April 26
9:00 pm
Houston Rockets 109, Dallas Mavericks 121
Scoring by quarter: 34–25, 19–36, 22–33, 34–27
Pts: James Harden 24
Rebs: Dwight Howard 7
Asts: Harden, Prigioni 5
Pts: Monta Ellis 31
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 14
Asts: José Juan Barea 10
Houston leads series, 3–1
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,589
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, Josh Tiven
April 28
8:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 94, Houston Rockets 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 28–25, 25–26, 19–21
Pts: Monta Ellis 25
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14
Asts: José Juan Barea 9
Pts: James Harden 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 19
Asts: James Harden 8
Houston wins series, 4–1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,231
Referees: Tony Brothers, John Goble, Zach Zarba

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Mavericks winning both previous meetings.

(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (6) San Antonio Spurs[edit]

April 19
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 92, Los Angeles Clippers 107
Scoring by quarter: 18–30, 25–19, 21–30, 28–28
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 18
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
Pts: Chris Paul 32
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 14
Asts: Griffin, Paul 6 each
Los Angeles Clippers lead series, 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,309
Referees: Ken Mauer, David Jones, Ed Malloy
April 22
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 111, Los Angeles Clippers 107 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 28–24, 24–23, 25–27, 17–20Overtime: 17–13
Pts: Tim Duncan 28
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Boris Diaw 6
Pts: Blake Griffin 29
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 15
Asts: Blake Griffin 11
Series tied, 1–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,482
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Sean Wright
April 24
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 73, San Antonio Spurs 100
Scoring by quarter: 16–25, 22–21, 11–24, 24–30
Pts: Blake Griffin 14
Rebs: Blake Griffin 10
Asts: Blake Griffin 5
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 32
Rebs: Tim Duncan 7
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
San Antonio leads series, 2–1
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bill Spooner, Gary Zielinski
April 26
3:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 114, San Antonio Spurs 105
Scoring by quarter: 25–25, 26–22, 30–29, 33–29
Pts: Chris Paul 34
Rebs: Blake Griffin 19
Asts: Griffin, Paul 7 each
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 14
Asts: Kawhi Leonard 5
Series tied, 2–2
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, Tom Washington
April 28
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 111, Los Angeles Clippers 107
Scoring by quarter: 22–27, 31–27, 29–28, 29–25
Pts: Tim Duncan 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
Pts: Blake Griffin 30
Rebs: Griffin, Jordan 14 each
Asts: Chris Paul 10
San Antonio leads series, 3–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,571
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Josh Tiven
April 30
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 102, San Antonio Spurs 96
Scoring by quarter: 26–26, 25–25, 25–21, 26–24
Pts: Blake Griffin 26
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 14
Asts: Chris Paul 15
Pts: Marco Belinelli 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Series tied, 3–3
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Zach Zarba
May 2
8:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 109, Los Angeles Clippers 111
Scoring by quarter: 30–28, 25–29, 23–22, 31–32
Pts: Tim Duncan 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
Pts: Chris Paul 27
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 14
Asts: Blake Griffin 10
Los Angeles Clippers win series, 4–3
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,588
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, Jason Phillips

In Game 1, the Clippers had a dominant game. It was close in the first half, but the Clippers pulled away in the second half. Chris Paul scored 32 points, while Blake Griffin scored 27 points. This helped the Clippers win 107–92.

Game 2 was much closer, requiring overtime. The Spurs won 111–107 in the Staples Center, tying the series 1–1, lead by Tim Duncan's 27 points.

In Game 3, the Spurs completely controlled the offense, and never trailed. They won 100–73 with Kawhi Leonard scoring 32 points. In Game 4, the Clippers won 114–105. Chris Paul scored 34 points and 7 assists.

It was a tight game in Game 5 in the Staples Center, especially in the 4th quarter. At the end of the game, DeAndre Jordan tipped the ball in; however, the refs called goaltending. The Spurs prevailed 111–107, lead by Tim Duncan's 24 points and 11 rebounds.

In Game 6, Spurs Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard along with Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin struggled offensively. The Spurs gave up a 10-point lead, allowing the Clippers to win 102-96.

Game 7 was a very tight game, featuring 31 lead changes and 19 ties. In the first half, Chris Paul injured his hamstring, but returned in the third quarter, concluding that quarter with a buzzer beater 3-pointer, giving them a 79–78 lead. The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Spurs leading in the beginning and the Clippers at the end. With 1 second left in the game, Chris Paul hit the game winner, and the Clippers moved on to the second round by a meager two-point margin. The final score was 111–109.

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Spurs winning the only meeting.

(4) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (5) Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

April 19
8:00 pm
Portland Trail Blazers 86, Memphis Grizzlies 100
Scoring by quarter: 15–25, 24–33, 23–28, 24–14
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 32
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 14
Asts: Batum, Blake 4 each
Pts: Beno Udrih 20
Rebs: Randolph, Gasol 11 each
Asts: Gasol, Udrih 7 each
Memphis leads series, 1–0
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: James Capers, Eric Lewis, Tom Washington
April 22
8:00 pm
Portland Trail Blazers 82, Memphis Grizzlies 97
Scoring by quarter: 21–19, 18–31, 21–23, 22–24
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 24
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 14
Asts: Nicolas Batum 7
Pts: Lee, Conley 18 each
Rebs: Zach Randolph 10
Asts: Mike Conley 6
Memphis leads series, 2–0
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Tony Brothers, Leroy Richardson, Bill Spooner
April 25
10:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 115, Portland Trail Blazers 109
Scoring by quarter: 24–19, 38–30, 23–26, 30–34
Pts: Marc Gasol 25
Rebs: Marc Gasol 7
Asts: three players 4 each
Pts: Nicolas Batum 27
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 7
Asts: Damian Lillard 9
Memphis leads series, 3–0
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,945
Referees: Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte, Bill Kennedy
April 27
10:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 92, Portland Trail Blazers 99
Scoring by quarter: 22–27, 26–28, 27–13, 17–31
Pts: Marc Gasol 21
Rebs: Tony Allen 10
Asts: Marc Gasol 6
Pts: Damian Lillard 32
Rebs: Batum, Leonard 13 each
Asts: Damian Lillard 7
Memphis leads series, 3–1
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,541
Referees: Danny Crawford, Derrick Collins, Marc Davis
April 29
9:30 pm
Portland Trail Blazers 93, Memphis Grizzlies 99
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 19–26, 27–22, 27–31
Pts: C. J. McCollum 33
Rebs: Nicolas Batum 10
Asts: Nicolas Batum 7
Pts: Marc Gasol 26
Rebs: Marc Gasol 14
Asts: Allen, Calathes 4 each
Memphis wins series, 4–1
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Blazers and Grizzlies.[34]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (5) Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

May 3
3:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 86, Golden State Warriors 101
Scoring by quarter: 25–32, 27–29, 14–22, 20–18
Pts: Marc Gasol 21
Rebs: Gasol, Randolph 9 each
Asts: Zach Randolph 5
Pts: Stephen Curry 22
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 6
Asts: Stephen Curry 7
Golden State leads series, 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Joe Crawford, Tom Washington, Sean Wright
May 5
10:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 97, Golden State Warriors 90
Scoring by quarter: 28–22, 22–17, 23–24, 24–27
Pts: Mike Conley 22
Rebs: Carter, Randolph 7 each
Asts: Zach Randolph 4
Pts: Stephen Curry 19
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 12
Asts: Stephen Curry 6
Series tied, 1–1
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Jason Phillips
May 9
8:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 89, Memphis Grizzlies 99
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 19–32, 25–24, 25–20
Pts: Stephen Curry 23
Rebs: Bogut, Thompson 8 each
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Pts: Zach Randolph 22
Rebs: Marc Gasol 15
Asts: Mike Conley 5
Memphis leads series, 2–1
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brown, James Capers
May 11
9:30 pm
Golden State Warriors 101, Memphis Grizzlies 84
Scoring by quarter: 28–20, 33–24, 21–20, 19–20
Pts: Stephen Curry 33
Rebs: Draymond Green 10
Asts: Stephen Curry 7
Pts: Marc Gasol 22
Rebs: Zach Randolph 11
Asts: Mike Conley 7
Series tied, 2–2
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers, Pat Fraher
May 13
10:30 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies 78, Golden State Warriors 98
Scoring by quarter: 25–26, 16–23, 16–25, 21–24
Pts: Marc Gasol 18
Rebs: Marc Gasol 12
Asts: Marc Gasol 6
Pts: Klay Thompson 21
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 9
Asts: Draymond Green 9
Golden State leads series, 3–2
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Bill Spooner
May 15
9:30 p.m.
Golden State Warriors 108, Memphis Grizzlies 95
Scoring by quarter: 32–19, 26–30, 18–19, 32–27
Pts: Stephen Curry 32
Rebs: Draymond Green 12
Asts: Stephen Curry 10
Pts: Marc Gasol 21
Rebs: Marc Gasol 15
Asts: Mike Conley 9
Golden State wins series, 4–2
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Joe Crawford, John Goble, Zach Zarba

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Warriors and Grizzlies.[35]

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

May 4
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 117, Houston Rockets 101
Scoring by quarter: 19–25, 27–25, 37–27, 34–24
Pts: Blake Griffin 26
Rebs: Blake Griffin 14
Asts: Blake Griffin 13
Pts: Dwight Howard 22
Rebs: Dwight Howard 10
Asts: James Harden 12
Los Angeles Clippers lead series, 1–0
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,231
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bill Spooner, Derrick Stafford
May 6
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 109, Houston Rockets 115
Scoring by quarter: 24–35, 41–21, 20–27, 24–32
Pts: Blake Griffin 34
Rebs: Blake Griffin 15
Asts: Barnes, Crawford 5 each
Pts: James Harden 32
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: James Harden 7
Series tied, 1–1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,310
Referees: Joe Crawford, David Jones, Zach Zarba
May 8
10:30 pm
Houston Rockets 99, Los Angeles Clippers 124
Scoring by quarter: 24–33, 33–31, 19–35, 23–25
Pts: James Harden 25
Rebs: Dwight Howard 14
Asts: James Harden 11
Pts: J. J. Redick 31
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 15
Asts: Chris Paul 7
Los Angeles Clippers lead series, 2–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,367
Referees: Ken Mauer, John Goble, David Guthrie
May 10
8:30 pm
Houston Rockets 95, Los Angeles Clippers 128
Scoring by quarter: 33–30, 21–30, 25–43, 16–25
Pts: James Harden 21
Rebs: Ariza, Harden 8 each
Asts: James Harden 6
Pts: DeAndre Jordan 26
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 17
Asts: Chris Paul 12
Los Angeles Clippers lead series, 3–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,490
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Ron Garretson
May 12
9:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Clippers 103, Houston Rockets 124
Scoring by quarter: 22–27, 26–36, 28–27, 27–34
Pts: Blake Griffin 30
Rebs: Blake Griffin 16
Asts: Chris Paul 10
Pts: James Harden 26
Rebs: Dwight Howard 15
Asts: James Harden 10
Los Angeles Clippers lead series, 3–2
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,142
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, Sean Wright
May 14
10:30 p.m.
Houston Rockets 119, Los Angeles Clippers 107
Scoring by quarter: 25–29, 37–35, 17–28, 40–15
Pts: James Harden 23
Rebs: Dwight Howard 21
Asts: Jason Terry 5
Pts: Chris Paul 31
Rebs: Matt Barnes 10
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Series tied, 3–3
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,417
Referees: Scott Foster, Pat Fraher, Jason Phillips
May 17
3:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Clippers 100, Houston Rockets 113
Scoring by quarter: 21–28, 25–28, 22–29, 32–28
Pts: Blake Griffin 27
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 17
Asts: Chris Paul 10
Pts: James Harden 31
Rebs: Dwight Howard 15
Asts: James Harden 8
Houston wins series, 4–3
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,463
Referees: Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers, Mike Callahan

The Rockets recover from a 3–1 deficit for the first time since 1995. They unexpectedly forced a Game 7 by overcoming a 19–point deficit on an incredible 49–18 run to end the game. The Clippers missed 14 straight shots as Josh Smith and Corey Brewer dominated much of the 4th quarter. The three-point shots led Houston to a decisive Game 7, and they completed one of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history. This was the ninth time in NBA history a team has come back from a 3–1 deficit to win a series.

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Rockets winning the only previous meeting.

Conference Finals: (1) Golden State Warriors vs. (2) Houston Rockets[edit]

May 19
9:00 pm
Houston Rockets 106, Golden State Warriors 110
Scoring by quarter: 31–24, 24–34, 24–26, 27–26
Pts: James Harden 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 13
Asts: James Harden 9
Pts: Stephen Curry 34
Rebs: Draymond Green 12
Asts: Draymond Green 8
Golden State leads series, 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Sean Wright
May 21
9:00 pm
Houston Rockets 98, Golden State Warriors 99
Scoring by quarter: 28–36, 27–19, 20–22, 23–22
Pts: James Harden 38
Rebs: Dwight Howard 17
Asts: James Harden 9
Pts: Stephen Curry 33
Rebs: Bogut, Green 8 each
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Golden State leads series, 2–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, John Goble
May 23
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 115, Houston Rockets 80
Scoring by quarter: 30–18, 32–19, 30–24, 23–19
Pts: Stephen Curry 40
Rebs: Draymond Green 13
Asts: Stephen Curry 7
Pts: James Harden 17
Rebs: Dwight Howard 14
Asts: Harden, Smith 4 each
Golden State leads series, 3–0
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,282
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Zach Zarba
May 25
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 115, Houston Rockets 128
Scoring by quarter: 22–45, 37–24, 25–30, 31–29
Pts: Klay Thompson 24
Rebs: Draymond Green 15
Asts: three players 4 each
Pts: James Harden 45
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Harden, Smith 5 each
Golden State leads series, 3–1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,239
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Tom Washington
May 27
9:00 pm
Houston Rockets 90, Golden State Warriors 104
Scoring by quarter: 22–17, 24–35, 22–22, 22–30
Pts: Dwight Howard 18
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: James Harden 5
Pts: Stephen Curry 26
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 14
Asts: Curry, Iguodala 6
Golden State wins series, 4–1
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers, Ed Malloy

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Warriors and Rockets.

NBA Finals: (W1) Golden State Warriors vs. (E2) Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

June 4
9:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 100, Golden State Warriors 108 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 22–29, 22–25, 25–25, Overtime: 2–10
Pts: LeBron James 44
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 15
Asts: Irving, James 6 each
Pts: Stephen Curry 26
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 7
Asts: Stephen Curry 8
Golden State leads series, 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, Jason Phillips
June 7
8:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Golden State Warriors 93 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 27–25, 15–14, 25–28Overtime: 8–6
Pts: LeBron James 39
Rebs: LeBron James 16
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Klay Thompson 34
Rebs: Green, Bogut 10 each
Asts: Curry, Iguodala 5 each
Series tied, 1–1
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Zach Zarba
June 9
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 91, Cleveland Cavaliers 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 17–20, 18–28, 36–24
Pts: Stephen Curry 27
Rebs: Ezeli, Green 7 each
Asts: Stephen Curry 6
Pts: LeBron James 40
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 13
Asts: LeBron James 8
Cleveland leads series, 2–1
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Derrick Stafford
June 11
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 82
Scoring by quarter: 31–24, 23–18, 22–28, 27–12
Pts: Curry, Iguodala 22 each
Rebs: three players 8 each
Asts: Curry, Green 6 each
Pts: Timofey Mozgov 28
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 13
Asts: LeBron James 8
Series tied, 2–2
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer
June 14
8:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 91, Golden State Warriors 104
Scoring by quarter: 22–22, 28–29, 17–22, 24–31
Pts: LeBron James 40
Rebs: LeBron James 14
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Stephen Curry 37
Rebs: Harrison Barnes 10
Asts: Andre Iguodala 7
Golden State leads series, 3–2
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, Jason Phillips
June 16
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 105, Cleveland Cavaliers 97
Scoring by quarter: 28–15, 17–28, 28–18, 32–36
Pts: Curry, Iguodala 25 each
Rebs: Draymond Green 11
Asts: Draymond Green 10
Pts: LeBron James 32
Rebs: LeBron James 18
Asts: LeBron James 9
Golden State wins NBA Finals, 4–2
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Scott Foster, Marc Davis, Zach Zarba

This was the first meeting in the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Category High Average
Player Team High Player Team Avg. Games played
Points James Harden Houston Rockets 45 Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 31.5 4
Rebounds Dwight Howard Houston Rockets 26 Dwight Howard Houston Rockets 14.0 17
Assists John Wall Washington Wizards 17 John Wall Washington Wizards 11.9 7
Steals Kyle Korver
Stephen Curry
Jamal Crawford
Zaza Pachulia
Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks
6 Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls 2.4 12
Blocks Timofey Mozgov
Dwight Howard
Al Horford
Danny Green
Marc Gasol
Andrew Bogut
Draymond Green
Cleveland Cavaliers
Houston Rockets
Atlanta Hawks
San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies
Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
5 Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 3.0 4

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV broadcast the NBA Playoffs nationally. In the first round the regional sports networks affiliated with the teams can also broadcast the games. Throughout the first two rounds, TNT televises games Saturday through Thursday, ESPN televises games on Friday and Sunday, and ABC televises select games on Saturday and Sunday, usually in the afternoon. NBA TV televises select games in the first round. TNT televises the Eastern Conference Finals and ESPN the Western Conference Finals. ABC televises the NBA Finals for the thirteenth consecutive year.

Radio[edit]

ESPN Radio has exclusive national radio rights to broadcast the playoffs in the United States. They broadcast mostly ABC games during the first two rounds, all of the conference finals, and the NBA Finals.

See also[edit]

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