2012 NBA 플레이 오프 - 2012 NBA playoffs

2012 NBA 플레이 오프
날짜 2012 년 4 월 28 일 ~ 6 월 21 일
시즌 2011–12
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수비 챔피언 달라스 매버릭스
챔피언 마이애미 히트 (두 번째 타이틀)
준우승 오클라호마 시티 썬더 (4 차 결승 진출)
준결승 진출 자

2012 NBA 플레이 오프 의 포스트 시즌 토너먼트이었다 전국 농구 협회2011-12 시즌 . 토너먼트는 동부 컨퍼런스 챔피언 마이애미 히트NBA 파이널 에서 서부 컨퍼런스 챔피언 오클라호마 시티 썬더를 4 대 1로 물리 치는 것으로 끝났습니다 . LeBron JamesNBA Finals MVP로 선정되었습니다 .

로스 앤젤레스 클리퍼스유타 재즈를 제외하고 플레이 오프는 2011 년 부터 같은 팀을 선보였습니다 . 동부에서 온 8 명 모두 작년과 같았습니다. 또한 2005 년 이후 처음으로 모두 .500 이상의 기록을 보유하고 있습니다. 클리퍼스는 2006 년 이후 처음으로 플레이 오프를 치렀고 , 유타는 지난 6 년 동안 5 번째로 플레이 오프를했고 , 1988 년 이후 제리 슬론 이 감독이 아닌 첫 번째 경기 였습니다.

인디애나 페이서스는 이후 처음으로 집에서 플레이 오프를 열어 2004 그동안, 멤피스 그리즐리스는 프랜차이즈 역사상 처음으로 홈 코트 이점을 받았다. 2006 년 이후 네 번째로 디비전 우승자 (이 경우 Atlantic Division 챔피언 Boston Celtics )가 길에서 플레이 오프를 시작했습니다.

디펜딩 챔피언 댈러스 매버릭스를 하여 후 첫 라운드에서 스윕 할 세 번째 방어 챔피언이되고, 오클라호마 시티 썬더 4-0 휩쓸했다 필라델피아 전사1957마이애미 히트 에서 2007 , 둘째 마이애미는 그렇게 할 수하는 후 7 게임 시리즈. Mavericks가 7 게임 시리즈에서 휩쓸린 것은 처음이었고 1990 년 이후 두 번째 스윕이었습니다 .

뉴욕 닉스는 행진을 잃고 가장 긴 플레이 오프를 위해 2004-06 년에서 멤피스 '기록을 깨는, 히트에 3 차전에서 자신의 13 회 연속 결승 경기를 잃었다.

8 번 시드 필라델피아 76ers 는 1 번 시드 Bulls를 4-2로 물리 치고 NBA 역사상 5 번째 팀이되었습니다. Grizzlies의 2011 년 1 번 시드 스퍼스의 화난 이후, 이것은 연속 시즌에서 처음으로 8 번 시드가 # 1 시드를 화나게했습니다. 76ers는 Grizzlies와 같은 운명을 겪었고 다음 시리즈를 Game 7로 강제했지만 길에서졌습니다.

Lakers–Nuggets 시리즈의 Game 7은 적어도 한 번의 Game 7을 플레이 한 포스트 시즌 13 연속을 보장했습니다. 하나가없는 마지막은 1999 년 NBA 플레이 오프 였다.

스퍼스는 4 번째 팀이되었고 2003 년 1 라운드 형식이 7 경기로 변경된 이후 플레이 오프의 첫 2 라운드에서 8-0을 기록한 서부에서 처음으로 팀이되었습니다. 2005 년 The Heat , 2009 년 Cavs, 2010 년 Magic 도 처음 두 라운드 동안 8-0을 기록했습니다. 또한 3 명의 모든 대회 결승전에서 1 차전에서 패했습니다. Spurs는 Western Conference Finals의 Game 1에서 Thunder를 물리쳐 이러한 추세를 깨뜨 렸습니다. 20 경기 연속 우승으로 정규 시즌에서 플레이 오프까지 이월 된 최장 연승 기록을 세웠으며, 경기 3 패로 무너졌고, 단 한 번의 무패 플레이 오프 최장 기록을 꺾는 데 못 미쳤습니다. 포스트 시즌. [1] 그들은 2-0을 리드 한 후 시리즈 4-2를 잃었습니다.

시카고 불스를 잃은 후 탈락했다 데릭 로즈조아킴 노아 부상하고 뉴욕 닉스가 받는 손실 마이애미 히트 잃는 동안 배런 데이비스이만 셤 퍼트를 무릎 부상. 히트는 면역되지 않았 으며 챔피언십을 향한 대부분의 플레이 오프에서 Chris Bosh잃었 습니다. David Stern 커미셔너 는 처음에 부상과 124 일 만에 정규 시즌을 66 경기로 압축시킨 폐쇄 사이에는 아무런 관련이 없다고 말했습니다 . 그러나 그는 일주일 후 더 많은 연구가 필요하다고 말하면서 그 의견을 철회했습니다. [2] [3]

체재

각 컨퍼런스에서 가장 많은 승리를 거둔 6 개 디비전 우승팀과 10 개의 다른 팀이 플레이 오프에 진출했습니다. seedings은 각 팀의 기록을 기반으로; 그러나 디비전 우승자는 기록에 관계없이 4 위 이상이 보장됩니다.

타이 브레이크 절차

시드를 결정하는 타이 브레이커는 다음과 같습니다.

  1. 디비전 리더가 디비전을 이끌지 않는 팀에서 무승부
  2. 일대일 기록
  3. 디비전 기록 (모든 동점 팀이 같은 디비전에있는 경우)
  4. 회의 기록
  5. 기록 대 플레이 오프 팀, 자체 회의
  6. 기록 대 플레이 오프 팀, 기타 회의 (2 방향 동점에만 해당)
  7. 포인트 차이 , 모든 게임

두 개 이상의 팀이 동점 인 경우, 타이 브레이커에서 승리 한 팀이 가장 높은 시드를받는 반면, 다른 팀은 모든 동점이 해결 될 때까지 첫 번째 단계부터 "재 파손"되었습니다. 3 개 부문 우승자는 상위 4 위 자리를 보장 받았기 때문에 부문 우승자를 결정하기위한 동점은 다른 동점보다 먼저 깨져야했습니다. [4]

플레이 오프 예선

동부 컨퍼런스

기록 클린치
플레이 오프 정박지 부문 명
컨퍼런스 최고 기록

NBA 최고 기록
1 시카고 불스 50 ~ 16 3 월 24 일 4 월 12 일 4 월 24 일 4 월 26 일
2 마이애미 히트 46 ~ 20 4 월 3 일 4 월 15 일
인디애나 페이서스 42 ~ 24 4 월 13 일
4 보스턴 셀틱스 39 ~ 27 4 월 14 일 4 월 18 일
5 애틀랜타 호크스 40 ~ 26 4 월 16 일
6 올랜도 매직 37 ~ 29 4 월 15 일
7 뉴욕 닉스 36 ~ 30 4 월 23 일
8 필라델피아 76ers 35 ~ 31 세 4 월 19 일

— = 달성하지 못함

웨스턴 컨퍼런스

기록 클린치
플레이 오프 정박지 부문 명
컨퍼런스 최고 기록

NBA 최고 기록
1 샌 안토니오 스퍼스 50 ~ 16 3 월 24 일 4 월 14 일 4 월 23 일
2 오클라호마 시티 썬더 47 ~ 19 4 월 1 일 4 월 7 일
로스 앤젤레스 레이커스 41 ~ 25 [a] 4 월 15 일 4 월 24 일
4 멤피스 그리즐리스 41 ~ 25 [a] 4 월 18 일
5 로스 앤젤레스 클리퍼스 40 ~ 26 4 월 16 일
6 덴버 너기츠 38 ~ 28 4 월 18 일
7 달라스 매버릭스 36 ~ 30 [b] 4 월 19 일
8 유타 재즈 36 ~ 30 [b] 4 월 22 일

— = 달성하지 못함

메모

  1. ^ a b 로스 앤젤레스 레이커스태평양 디비전 우승을 바탕으로 멤피스 그리즐리스상대로 # 3 시드를 확정 했습니다 .
  2. ^ a b Dallas Mavericks정규 시즌 3-1 시리즈 기록을 바탕으로 Utah Jazz제치고 7 위를 차지 했습니다.

까치발

대담한 팀은 다음 라운드로 진출했습니다. 각 팀의 왼쪽에있는 숫자는 회의에서 팀의 시드를 나타내고 오른쪽에있는 숫자는 해당 라운드에서 팀이이긴 게임 수를 나타냅니다. 디비전 챔피언은 별표로 표시됩니다. 홈 코트 이점은 시드에 관계없이 정규 시즌 기록이 더 좋은 팀에 속합니다. (동일한 기록을 가진 두 팀이 한 라운드에서 만나는 경우 사용되는 순위 결정자는 일대일 및 기록 대 반대 회의입니다.) 홈 코트에서 유리한 팀은 아래 차트에서 기울임 꼴로 표시됩니다.


첫 번째 라운드 컨퍼런스 준결승 컨퍼런스 결승 NBA 결승
E1 시카고 * 2
E8 필라델피아 4
E8 필라델피아
E4 보스턴 * 4
E4 보스턴 * 4
E5 애틀랜타 2
E4 보스턴 *
동부 컨퍼런스
E2 마이애미 * 4
E3 인디애나 4
E6 올랜도 1
E3 인디애나 2
E2 마이애미 * 4
E2 마이애미 * 4
E7 뉴욕 1
E2 마이애미 * 4
W2 오클라호마 시티 * 1
W1 샌 안토니오 * 4
W8 유타 0
W1 샌 안토니오 * 4
W5 LA 클리퍼스 0
W4 멤피스
W5 LA 클리퍼스 4
W1 샌 안토니오 * 2
웨스턴 컨퍼런스
W2 오클라호마 시티 * 4
W3 LA 레이커스 * 4
W6 덴버
W3 LA 레이커스 * 1
W2 오클라호마 시티 * 4
W2 오클라호마 시티 * 4
W7 달라스 0


* 디비전 우승자
Bold Series 우승자
Italic Team with home-court Advantage


동부 컨퍼런스

모든 시간은 동부 일광 절약 시간 ( UTC−4 )입니다.

첫 번째 라운드

(1) 시카고 불스 vs. (8) 필라델피아 76ers

4 월 28 일
오후 1시
필라델피아 76ers 91, 시카고 불스 103
분기 별 점수 : 24– 28 , 18– 25 , 24– 26 , 25 –24
Pts : Elton Brand 19
Rebs : Brand , Holiday 7 각
Asts : Iguodala , Turner 각 5
Pts : Derrick Rose 23
Rebs : Joakim Noah 13
Asts : Derrick Rose 9
Bulls 리드 시리즈, 1–0
유나이티드 센터 , 시카고
참석자 : 21,943 명
심판 : 데릭 스태포드, 제이슨 필립스, 마이클 스미스,
5 월 1 일
오후 8시
필라델피아 76ers 109 , 시카고 불스 92
: 분기 별 채점 25- 28 , 22- 27 , 36 -14, 26 -23
승점 : 쥬 홀리데이 (26)
남군 : 라 보이 알렌 (9)
하는 AST : 휴일 , 터너 , 윌리엄 6 각
Pts : Joakim Noah 21
Rebs : Joakim Noah 8
Asts : Hamilton , Noah 각 5 개
시리즈 동점, 1–1
유나이티드 센터 , 시카고
참석자 : 22,067 명
심판 : Greg Willard, Courtney Kirkland, Rodney Mott ,
5 월 4 일
오후 8시
시카고 불스 74, 필라델피아 76ers 79
: 분기 별 채점 (20) -19, 19- 21 , 21 -11, 14 - 28
승점 : Carlos Boozer 18
Rebs : Carlos Boozer 10
Asts : Richard Hamilton 7
Pts : Spencer Hawes 21 Rebs
: Thaddeus Young 11
Asts : Jrue Holiday 6
76ers 리드 시리즈, 2–1
Wells Fargo Center , Philadelphia
참석 : 20,381 명
심판 : Joe Crawford , Tony Brothers, Eric Lewis,
5 월 6
일 오후 1시
시카고 불스 82, 필라델피아 76ers 89
분기 별 점수 : 15 ~ 24 , 27 ~ 20, 21 ~ 20, 19 ~ 25
Pts : Carlos Boozer 23
Rebs : Taj Gibson 12
Asts : Boozer , Watson 각 4 개
Pts : Spencer Hawes 22 Rebs
: Andre Iguodala 12
Asts : Jrue Holiday 6
76ers 리드 시리즈, 3–1
Wells Fargo Center , Philadelphia
참석자 : 20,412 명
심판 : Dan Crawford , Dick Bavetta , Marc Davis,
5 월 8
일 오후 9시 30 분
필라델피아 76ers 69, 시카고 불스 77
분기 별 채점 : 16 17 , 10 18 , 22-22, 21 -20
승점 : 쥬 홀리데이 (16)
남군 : 스펜서 호즈 (14 명)
하는 AST : 쥬 홀리데이 4
Pts : Luol Deng 24
Rebs : Carlos Boozer 13
Asts : CJ Watson 7
76ers 리드 시리즈, 3–2
유나이티드 센터 , 시카고
참석자 : 22,093 명
심판 : Ken Mauer , Bill Kennedy, Leon Wood ,
5 월 10 일
오후 7시
시카고 불스 78, 필라델피아 76ers 79
분기 별 점수 : 22 ~ 24 , 18 ~ 24 , 23 ~ 15, 15 ~ 16
Pts : Deng , Hamilton 19 각
Rebs : Luol Deng 17
Asts : CJ Watson 10
점수 : Andre Iguodala 20
Rebs : Spencer Hawes 10
Asts : Andre Iguodala 7
필라델피아, 시리즈 우승, 4–2
Wells Fargo Center , Philadelphia
참석자 : 20,362 명
심판 : Monty McCutchen , Ron Garretson , Sean Wright,

Bulls는 2 년 연속 첫 번째 종합 시드로 플레이 오프에 진출했습니다. 한편 76ers는 플레이 오프에서 최악의 기록을 가진 팀으로 플레이 오프에 진출했습니다. Bulls는 76ers를 빠르게 처리하여 1 차전을 이겼습니다. 그러나 Bulls가 1:20으로 12 차를 앞두고 4 번째 진출을 위해 Derrick RoseACL을 찢어 버리고 플레이 오프에서 제외되었고 Bulls 챔피언십에 희망을 걸었습니다. 심각한 위험에 처해 있습니다. 76ers는 Bulls를 제거하기 위해 다음 세 경기를 치렀습니다. 경기 3에서 Joakim NoahAndre Iguodala 를 밟았을 때 부상을 입었습니다.다음 두 게임에서 그를 쫓아 내고 있습니다. Bulls는 홈에서 5 차전에서 승리함으로써 탈락을 막았습니다. 6 차전에서 불스가 1 위로 올라 갔고 7 초 남았습니다. 외 메르 아 식은 두 번의 중요한 자유투를 놓쳤습니다. Iguodala는 공을 리바운드하고 코트 반대편으로 전력 질주했습니다. 그는 슛을 시도하는 동안 Aşık에게 파울을당했습니다. Iguodala는 자유투를 만들어 76ers를 리드했습니다. 타임 아웃을 벗어난 불스는 7 경기를 강요 할 마지막 기회를 가졌지 만 CJ 왓슨 의 하프 코트가 림 뒤에서 튀어 나와 76ers에게 시리즈를 제공했습니다. 그들은 2003 년 이후 처음으로 준결승에 진출했다. 한편, 불스는 8 번 시드에 화가 난 다섯 번째 1 번 시드 팀이되었다.

정규 시즌 시리즈

이것은 두 팀 간의 세 번째 플레이 오프 회의였으며 Bulls가 처음 두 회의에서 승리했습니다.

(2) 마이애미 히트 vs. (7) 뉴욕 닉스

4 월 28 일
오후 3시 30 분
뉴욕 닉스 67, 마이애미 히트 100
분기 별 점수 : 18 ~ 24 , 13 ~ 30 , 16 ~ 27 , 20 ~ 19
포인트 : JR 스미스 17
Rebs : Carmelo Anthony 10
Asts : Carmelo Anthony 3
Pts : LeBron James 32
Rebs : Udonis Haslem 8
Asts : Mario Chalmers 9
히트 리드 시리즈, 1–0
American Airlines Arena , Miami
참석자 : 19,621 명
심판 : Dan Crawford , Ed Malloy, Gary Zielinski,
4 월 30 일
오후 7시
뉴욕 닉스 94, 마이애미 히트 104
: 분기 별 채점 24 (27) , 23- 26 , 22- 25 , 25- (26)
Pts : Carmelo Anthony 30
Rebs : Carmelo Anthony 9
Asts : 남작 데이비스 6
Pts : Dwyane Wade 25
Rebs : Udonis Haslem 8
Asts : LeBron James 9
히트 리드 시리즈, 2–0
American Airlines Arena , Miami
참석자 : 19,684 명
심판 : Joe Crawford , Bennie Adams , Bill Spooner,
5 월 3 일
오후 7시
마이애미 히트 87 , 뉴욕 닉스 70
: 분기 별 채점 19-19, 17- 21 , 22 -16, 29 -14
Pts : 르브론 제임스 32
Rebs : 크리스 보쉬 10
Asts : 르브론 제임스 5
Pts : Carmelo Anthony 22
Rebs : Tyson Chandler 15
Asts : 남작 데이비스 3
히트 리드 시리즈, 3–0
Madison Square Garden , New York City
참석자 : 19,763 명
심판 : Mike Callahan, David Guthrie, Eddie F. Rush ,
5 월 6 일
오후 3시 30 분
마이애미 히트 87, 뉴욕 닉스 89
분기 별 점수 : 18 ~ 20 , 26 ~ 18, 17 ~ 26 , 26 ~ 25
Pts : 르브론 제임스 27
Rebs : Chris Bosh 9
Asts : Dwyane Wade 6
Pts : Carmelo Anthony 41
Rebs : Amar'e Stoudemire 10
Asts : Anthony , Smith 각 4 개
히트 리드 시리즈, 3–1
매디슨 스퀘어 가든 , 뉴욕시
참석 : 19,763 명
심판 : Monty McCutchen , Derrick Collins, Tom Washington,
5 월 9 일
오후 7시
뉴욕 닉스 94, 마이애미 히트 106
: 분기 별 채점 24 28 , 20 27 , 23- 26 , 27 -25
포인트 : Carmelo Anthony 35
Rebs : Tyson Chandler 11
Asts : Mike Bibby 6
Pts : 르브론 제임스 29
Rebs : 르브론 제임스 8
Asts : 르브론 제임스 7
마이애미, 시리즈 우승, 4-1
American Airlines Arena , Miami
참석자 : 19,754 명
심판 : Greg Willard, James Capers, John Goble

Heat는 1 차전에서 Knicks를 33 점차로 이겼습니다. 2 차전은 훨씬 가까웠습니다. Knicks의 선발 신인 가드 Iman Shumpert 는 이전 경기에서 ACL 부상을 입었지만 여전히 히트는 10 차로 이겼습니다. MSG의 3 차전에서 Heat는 전반전에 잘못된 끝을 발견했습니다. , 7-0 런으로 절반을 마감하기 전에 11 포인트만큼 후행합니다. 3 쿼터 이후 2 위의 히트. 그러나 르브론 제임스 는 4 쿼터를 시작하기 위해 8-0으로 재빨리 뛰며 10 점 차로 앞서고 있습니다. Knicks는 회복하지 못했습니다. 제임스 자신은 17-14에서 네 번째로 Knicks를 능가했습니다. 3 차전을 잃고함으로써, 닉스는 13 개 연속 플레이 오프 게임을 잃고 새로운 리그 기록을 4 월 29 일 오는 그들의 마지막 승리 2001 그들에, 시리즈랩터. [6] 4 차전에서 Knicks의 선발 가드 Baron Davis 는 3 쿼터에 부상을 입었고 들것에 실려 코트 밖으로 나갔습니다. 그러나 Carmelo Anthony 의 41이 이끄는 Knicks는 89-87 승을 거두었고 Wade의 잠재적 인 시리즈 우승 3이 버저에서 놓치면서 스윕을 피했습니다. Game 5에서 Knicks는 강하게 시작했지만 Miami가 나머지를 차지했습니다. 전반전 말에 11이 이끄는 Heat. Heat는 결코 리드를 낭비하지 않았고, Battier의 3 점슛으로 게임과 시리즈를 효과적으로 봉쇄하여 Heat가 게임에서 1 분 남았을 때 14 점 차로 앞서게했습니다. Knicks는 Anthony의 35가 이끌었습니다. Amar'e Stoudemire한편,은 (는) 더러운 문제에 시달렸습니다. 그는 경기에서 약 4 분 남았다.

정규 시즌 시리즈

이것은 두 팀 간의 다섯 번째 플레이 오프 회의였으며 Knicks는 처음 네 회의 중 세 번을 이겼습니다.

(3) 인디애나 페이서스 vs. (6) 올랜도 매직

4 월 28 일
오후 7시
올랜도 매직 81 , 인디애나 페이서스 77
: 분기 별 채점 21- 22 , 30 -22, 13- 19 , 17 -14
PTS : 넬슨 , 리차드슨 17 각
남군 : 글렌 데이비스 13
하는 AST : 자밀 넬슨 9
Pts : David West 19
Rebs : Roy Hibbert 13
Asts : Darren Collison 5
매직 리드 시리즈, 1–0
Bankers Life Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
참석자 : 18,165 명
심판 : Ken Mauer , David Jones, Leon Wood ,
4 월 30 일
오후 7시 30 분
올랜도 매직 78, 인디애나 페이서스 93
분기 별 점수 : 21 ~ 24 , 23 ~ 18, 13 ~ 30 , 21 ~ 21
Pts : Glen Davis 18
Rebs : Glen Davis 10
Asts : Nelson , Redick , Richardson 3 각
Pts : Granger , Hill , West 각 18
Rebs : Roy Hibbert 13
Asts : David West 4
시리즈 동점, 1–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
참석자 : 18,165 명
심판 : Derrick Stafford, Bill Kennedy, Gary Zielinski,
5 월 2 일
오후 7시 30 분
인디애나 페이서스 97 , 올랜도 매직 74
: 분기 별 채점 (23) -14, 21- 24 , 32 -17, 21 -19
포인트 : Danny Granger 26
Rebs : Roy Hibbert 10
Asts : Paul George 4
Pts : Glen Davis 22 Rebs
: Quentin Richardson 10
Asts : Jameer Nelson 5
Pacers 리드 시리즈, 2–1
Amway Center , Orlando, Florida
참석자 : 18,846 명
심판 : Dan Crawford , Bennie Adams , Bill Spooner,
5 월 5 일
2:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 101 , Orlando Magic 99 (OT)
: 분기 별 채점 (22) -19, 24 25 , 27 -17, 16 (28) , 시간외 : 12 -10
포인트 : David West 26
Rebs : David West 12
Asts : Darren Collison 9
Pts : Jason Richardson 25 Rebs
: Glen Davis 11
Asts : Jameer Nelson 11
Pacers 리드 시리즈, 3–1
Amway Center , Orlando, Florida
참석자 : 18,846 명
심판 : Mike Callahan, Ed Malloy, Violet Palmer ,
5 월 8 일
오후 7시
올랜도 매직 87, 인디애나 페이서스 105
: 분기 별 채점 19- 28 , 28 -22, 24 -19, 16 (36)
승점 : 자밀 넬슨 (27)
남군 : 글렌 데이비스 8
하는 AST : 자밀 넬슨 (5)
Pts : Danny Granger 25
Rebs : David West 8
Asts : Darren Collison 6
인디애나, 시리즈 우승, 4-1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse , Indianapolis
참석자 : 18,165 명
심판 : Monty McCutchen , Marc Davis, David Guthrie,

Pacers는 Magic이 Dwight Howard 없이 Pacers를 물리 치려고하기 때문에 시리즈에서 가장 좋아하는 것으로 간주되었습니다 . Magic은 게임 1의 확률을 무시했습니다. Pacers는 게임의 마지막 4 분 동안 무득점을 기록하여 Magic이 게임을 끝내고 1-0 시리즈 선두를 차지할 수 있도록 11-0으로 진행했습니다. Pacers는 재빨리 복수를했고, 집과 길에서 다음 두 경기에서 평균 19 점 차로 승리했습니다. 게임 4는 가까웠고 게임은 연장전으로 진행되었습니다. 그러나 George HillPacers가 시리즈에서 3-1 선두를 차지하기 위해 2 초 남았습니다. 경기 5는 처음 3 쿼터 동안 끝났으며 매직은 4 쿼터로 2 점 앞섰습니다. 그러나 Indiana는 Pacers에게 시리즈 승리를 4-1로주기 위해 4 번째에서 Magic 36-16을 능가했습니다.

정규 시즌 시리즈

이것은 두 팀 간의 세 번째 플레이 오프 회의였으며 각 팀이 한 시리즈 씩 승리했습니다.

(4) 보스턴 셀틱스 vs. (5) 애틀랜타 호크스

4 월 29 일
7:00 pm
보스턴 셀틱스 74, 애틀랜타 호크스 83
: 분기 별 채점 18 (31) , 17- 18 , 18 -16, 21 -18
Pts : Garnett , Rondo 20
Rebs : Kevin Garnett 12
Asts : Rajon Rondo 11
점수 : Josh Smith 22
Rebs : Josh Smith 18
Asts : Joe Johnson 5
Hawks 리드 시리즈, 1–0
필립스 아레나 , 애틀랜타
참석자 : 19,292 명
심판 : Mike Callahan, Marc Davis, John Goble,
5 월 1 일
오후 7시 30 분
보스턴 셀틱스 87 , 애틀랜타 호크스 80
: 분기 별 채점 24-24, 17- 20 , 20 22 , 26 -14
Pts : 폴 피어스 36
Rebs : 폴 피어스 14
Asts : Kevin Garnett 5
Pts : Joe Johnson 22
Rebs : Josh Smith 12
Asts : Johnson , Smith 각각 5 개
시리즈 동점, 1–1
Philips Arena , Atlanta
참석자 : 19,308 명
심판 : Scott Foster, Ed Malloy, Scott Wall,
5 월 4 일
오후 7시 30 분
Atlanta Hawks 84, Boston Celtics 90 (OT)
: 분기 처치 19 -17, 19- 23 , 20-20, 22 , -20 시간외 : 4- (10)
Pts : Joe Johnson 29
Rebs : Marvin Williams 11
Asts : Jeff Teague 6
Pts : Paul Pierce 21
Rebs : Rajon Rondo 14
Asts : Rajon Rondo 12
Celtics 리드 시리즈, 2–1
TD Garden , Boston
참석자 : 18,624 명
심판 : Monty McCutchen , Ron Garretson , Zach Zarba ,
5 월 6 일
오후 7시
애틀랜타 호크스 79, 보스턴 셀틱스 101
: 분기 별 채점 19- 32 , 22- 32 , 22- 26 , 16 -11
포인트 : Josh Smith 15
Rebs : Josh Smith 13
Asts : Josh Smith 5
Pts : Paul Pierce 24
Rebs : Allen , Bass , Garnett 각 5 개
Asts : Rajon Rondo 16
Celtics 리드 시리즈, 3–1
TD Garden , Boston
참석자 : 18,624 명
심판 : Joe Crawford , Tony Brothers, Pat Fraher,
5 월 8 일
오후 8시
보스턴 셀틱스 86, 애틀랜타 호크스 87
: 분기 별 채점 (21) -15, 19- 25 , 24 26 , 22 -21
Pts : Garnett , Pierce 각 16
Rebs : Bass , Garnett 7 각
Asts : Rajon Rondo 12
Pts : Al Horford 19
Rebs : Josh Smith 16
Asts : Josh Smith 6
Celtics 리드 시리즈, 3–2
필립스 아레나 , 애틀랜타
참석자 : 19,319 명
심판 : Dan Crawford , David Jones, Tom Washington,
5 월 10 일
오후 8시
애틀랜타 호크스 80, 보스턴 셀틱스 83
: 분기 별 채점 (23) -20, 18 27 , 22 -20, 17 -16
Pts : Josh Smith 18
Rebs : Horford , Smith 각 9 점
Asts : Jeff Teague 6
Pts : Kevin Garnett 28
Rebs : Kevin Garnett 14
Asts : Rajon Rondo 8
보스턴, 시리즈 우승, 4–2
TD Garden , Boston
참석자 : 18,624 명
심판 : Derrick Stafford, Bill Kennedy, Eric Lewis,

Hawks는 두 팀 중 더 좋은 시즌 기록을 가지고있어 낮은 시드 팀 임에도 불구하고이 시리즈에서 홈 코트 이점을 가졌습니다. Celtics는 디비전 타이틀을 획득하여 4 번째 시드를 차지했습니다. 호크스는 1 차전에서 9 점차로 승리했지만 셀틱스는 다음 3 차전에서 호크스를 제거 직전까지 밀어 붙였습니다. 게임 2와 3은 셀틱스의 근접 승리였으며 게임 4는 엄청난 승리였습니다. 애틀랜타에서 열린 5 차전은 치열한 경기였습니다. 마지막 초에, 호크스가 1 차로 올라 갔을 때 , Rajon Rondo 는 인바운드 패스를 훔쳐서 셀틱스가 호크스를 끝낼 기회를주었습니다. 그러나 Josh SmithKevin Garnett를 위한 론도 패스를 벗겨 냈습니다., 호크스가 살아남아 게임 6을 강요하도록하였습니다. 게임 6에서 가넷은 셀틱스를 83-80 승리와 진격으로 이끌었습니다. Hawks는 자유투를 통해 게임을 동점으로 만들었습니다. 그러나 Al Horford 는 리드를 1로 줄일 수있는 첫 번째 자유투를 놓쳤습니다. 밤새 자유투 라인에서 호크스의 유일한 미스였다. 그는 두 번째로 그것을 1로 자르고 Hawks는 Paul Pierce를 재빨리 더럽 혔습니다 . Pierce는 두 번의 자유투를 모두 성공시켜 Celtics의 우위를 3으로 늘 렸습니다. 경기에서 동점 기회를 잡은 Jeff Teague 는 패스를 엉망 으로 만들어 보스턴의 시리즈 를 마무리했습니다 .

정규 시즌 시리즈

이것은 두 팀 간의 11 번째 플레이 오프 회의였으며 Celtics는 처음 10 번의 회의 중 9 번을 이겼습니다.

Conference Semifinals

(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) Indiana Pacers

May 13
3:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 86, Miami Heat 95
Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 25–22, 22–28, 16–25
Pts: Hibbert, West 17 each
Rebs: David West 12
Asts: Darren Collison 6
Pts: LeBron James 32
Rebs: LeBron James 15
Asts: LeBron James 5
Heat leads series, 1–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: Scott Foster, Tom Washington, Sean Wright
May 15
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 78, Miami Heat 75
Scoring by quarter: 17–21, 16–17, 28–14, 17–23
Pts: David West 16
Rebs: George, Hibbert 11 each
Asts: Danny Granger 3
Pts: LeBron James 28
Rebs: LeBron James 9
Asts: LeBron James 5
Series tied at, 1–1
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 19,828
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bennie Adams, Ed Malloy,
May 17
7:00 pm
Miami Heat 75, Indiana Pacers 94
Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 17–26, 12–26, 20–25
Pts: Mario Chalmers 25
Rebs: Ronny Turiaf 8
Asts: Mario Chalmers 5
Pts: George Hill 20
Rebs: Roy Hibbert 18
Asts: George Hill 5
Pacers leads series, 2–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, John Goble
May 20
3:30 pm
Miami Heat 101, Indiana Pacers 93
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 28–29, 30–16, 25–23
Pts: LeBron James 40
Rebs: LeBron James 18
Asts: LeBron James 9
Pts: Danny Granger 20
Rebs: Roy Hibbert 9
Asts: Paul George 5
Series tied at, 2–2
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy
May 22
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 83, Miami Heat 115
Scoring by quarter: 20–26, 20–23, 17–27, 26–39
Pts: Paul George 11
Rebs: Roy Hibbert 12
Asts: Paul George 3
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: Mario Chalmers 11
Asts: LeBron James 8
Heat leads series, 3–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,097
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Jason Phillips, Greg Willard,
May 24
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 105, Indiana Pacers 93
Scoring by quarter: 21–28, 30–25, 28–16, 26–24
Pts: Dwyane Wade 41
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 10
Asts: LeBron James 7
Pts: David West 24
Rebs: Paul George 10
Asts: George Hill 5
Miami wins series, 4–2
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: Scott Foster, Marc Davis, Ken Mauer,

Even though the Heat won the regular season series, 3–1, this playoff series was expected to be a close one. In Game 1, the Heat took a major blow when Chris Bosh got injured in the first half. He was expected to be out for the rest of the series. However, James and Wade took over in the second half to give the Heat the win, 95–86. In Game 2, the Heat started strong, at one point taking a 9-point lead. The Pacers answered that by outscoring the Heat 28–14 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead going to the fourth quarter. The Heat would come back, taking a 72–71 lead with 4:11 to go. However, with James and Wade missing key chances, the Pacers tied the series with a 78–75 win. Game 3 marked one of the worst playoff games for Wade, as he scored just 5 points on 2-of-13 shooting. Without Wade's contribution, the Heat found themselves down in the series 2–1 as the Pacers blew out the Heat, 94–75. Before Game 4, the Heat regrouped and refocused on the series. The result was a 101–93 victory over the Pacers in Game 4 to tie the series at 2–2. James scored 40 in the game, to go along with 18 rebounds and 9 assists. Wade recovered from his Game 3 performance by scoring 30. In Game 5, it was the Pacers who took the major blow when Danny Granger got injured in the second quarter by stepping on James's foot. He tried to come back in the third quarter but he aggravated his injury after fouling James. Then, after the third period, West left the game with a knee injury. Without Granger and West, the Pacers were unable to stop the Heat, as the Heat won 115–83 to take a 3–2 series lead, putting them a win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 6, West and Granger started for the Pacers despite their injuries. The Pacers started strong, even taking a 19–8 lead in the first quarter. However, the third quarter was decisive, with the Heat outscoring the Pacers 28–16 to take a 79–69 lead going to the fourth quarter. Led by Wade's 41 and James's 28, the Heat won three straight, 105–93, to take the series, 4–2.

Regular-season series

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pacers winning the first meeting.

(4) Boston Celtics vs (8) Philadelphia 76ers

May 12
8:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 91, Boston Celtics 92
Scoring by quarter: 28–18, 19–24, 24–25, 20–25
Pts: Andre Iguodala 19
Rebs: Evan Turner 10
Asts: Andre Iguodala 6
Pts: Kevin Garnett 29
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 17
Celtics leads series, 1–0
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Greg Willard, James Capers, David Jones,
May 14
7:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 82, Boston Celtics 81
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 15–13, 21–11, 25–32
Pts: Jrue Holiday 18
Rebs: Spencer Hawes 10
Asts: Andre Iguodala 7
Pts: Ray Allen 17
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 13
Series tied at, 1–1
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Dan Crawford, Jason Phillips, Michael Smith,
May 16
7:00 pm
Boston Celtics 107, Philadelphia 76ers 91
Scoring by quarter: 28–33, 32–16, 29–17, 18–25
Pts: Kevin Garnett 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 13
Asts: Rajon Rondo 14
Pts: Thaddeus Young 22
Rebs: Evan Turner 8
Asts: Jrue Holiday 9
Celtics leads series, 2–1
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Attendance: 20,351
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan, Eric Lewis,
May 18
8:00 pm
Boston Celtics 83, Philadelphia 76ers 92
Scoring by quarter: 24–12, 22–19, 17–28, 20–33
Pts: Paul Pierce 24
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 15
Pts: Iguodala, Turner 16 each
Rebs: Lavoy Allen 10
Asts: Louis Williams 8
Series tied at, 2–2
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Attendance: 20,411
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Bill Spooner,
May 21
7:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 85, Boston Celtics 101
Scoring by quarter: 27–23, 23–24, 16–28, 19–26
Pts: Elton Brand 19
Rebs: Evan Turner 10
Asts: Jrue Holiday 7
Pts: Brandon Bass 27
Rebs: Bass, Garnett 6 each
Asts: Rajon Rondo 14
Celtics leads series, 3–2
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Rodney Mott,
May 23
8:00 pm
Boston Celtics 75, Philadelphia 76ers 82
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 17–11, 20–27, 19–22
Pts: Paul Pierce 24
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 6
Pts: Jrue Holiday 20
Rebs: Elton Brand 10
Asts: Holiday, Williams 6 each
Series tied at, 3–3
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Attendance: 20,403
Referees: Joe Crawford, James Capers, Ron Garretson,
May 26
8:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 75, Boston Celtics 85
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 13–21, 19–14, 23–30
Pts: Andre Iguodala 18
Rebs: Thaddeus Young 10
Asts: Jrue Holiday 9
Pts: Garnett, Rondo 18 each
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 13
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Boston wins series, 4–3
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, Mike Callahan,

The Sixers came off fresh of an upset over the injury-laden Bulls. Both the Celtics and the Sixers clinched their first round series on the same day. In Game 1, Rondo had another triple-double, but the Sixers held a 10-point lead with 10:53 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Celtics eventually came back, winning Game 1 by a point to take a 1–0 series lead. On the final possession, the Sixers were unable to foul a speedy Rondo, who dribbled out the clock. Game 2 saw the visitors lead for most of the game. With the Sixers leading 78–75 with 12 seconds to go, the Celtics squandered a chance to tie the game, as Garnett was called for an offensive foul. The Sixers then hit their final four free-throws to tie the series at 1 going back to Philadelphia. In Game 3, the Sixers held their last lead with 9:09 left in the second quarter as the Celtics took over the rest of the game to lead them to a 2–1 series advantage. In Game 4, the Celtics led by as much as 18 in the third quarter. Facing the prospect of trailing 1–3 in the series, the Sixers came back to take the game from the Celtics and tie the series going back to Boston. Game 5 saw Brandon Bass score 27 points, including 18 in the third quarter as the Celtics blew out the Sixers, 101–85, to push them a win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. Before the start of Game 6, Allen Iverson presented the game ball, prompting huge cheers from the crowd. It was enough to motivate the Sixers to defeat the Celtics 82–75 to force a Game 7. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points, including two free-throws with 31 seconds to go to put the game away. Game 7 was a tight contest, with the two teams going back-and-forth. Paul Pierce fouled out late in the fourth quarter, but Rondo had his second triple-double of the series, including a fourth quarter that helped the Celtics advance to the Conference Finals to face the Miami Heat.

This series is an important plot point in the 2019 film Uncut Gems, in which Garnett co-stars.[11]

Regular-season series

This was the 20th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning 11 of the first 19 meetings.

Conference Finals: (2) Miami Heat vs. (4) Boston Celtics

May 28
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 79, Miami Heat 93
Scoring by quarter: 11–21, 35–25, 15–26, 18–21
Pts: Kevin Garnett 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 7
Pts: LeBron James 32
Rebs: LeBron James 13
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
Heat leads series, 1–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 19,912
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ed Malloy, Jason Phillips,
May 30
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 111, Miami Heat 115 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 29–28, 22–35, 24–18, Overtime: 12–16
Pts: Rajon Rondo 44
Rebs: Brandon Bass 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Pts: LeBron James 34
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 11
Asts: LeBron James 7
Heat leads series, 2–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 19,973
Referees: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Tom Washington,
June 1
8:30 pm
Miami Heat 91, Boston Celtics 101
Scoring by quarter: 28–30, 14–25, 21–30, 28–16
Pts: LeBron James 34
Rebs: LeBron James 8
Asts: Mario Chalmers 6
Pts: Kevin Garnett 24
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Heat leads series, 2–1
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott
June 3
8:30 pm
Miami Heat 91, Boston Celtics 93 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 23–34, 24–27, 21–12, 21–16, Overtime: 2–4
Pts: LeBron James 29
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 17
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Paul Pierce 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 14
Asts: Rajon Rondo 15
Series tied at, 2–2
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard,
June 5
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 94, Miami Heat 90
Scoring by quarter: 16–24, 24–18, 25–18, 29–30
Pts: Kevin Garnett 26
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 13
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 14
Asts: Chalmers, Wade 3 each
Celtics leads series, 3–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,021
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford,
June 7
8:30 pm
Miami Heat 98, Boston Celtics 79
Scoring by quarter: 26–16, 29–26, 19–19, 24–18
Pts: LeBron James 45
Rebs: LeBron James 15
Asts: LeBron James 5
Pts: Rajon Rondo 21
Rebs: Brandon Bass 7
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Series tied at, 3–3
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, Tom Washington
June 9
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 88, Miami Heat 101
Scoring by quarter: 27–23, 26–23, 20–27, 15–28
Pts: Rajon Rondo 22
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 14
Pts: LeBron James 31
Rebs: LeBron James 12
Asts: Mario Chalmers 7
Miami wins series 4–3
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,114
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster

This series marked the third straight year that the Heat and Celtics faced each other in the playoffs. They faced each other in the Eastern Conference First Round in 2010 (won by the Celtics, 4–1) and in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2011 (won by the Heat, 4–1). In addition, LeBron faced the Celtics for the third straight year in the playoffs. The LeBron-led Cavs also faced the Celtics in 2010 only to be defeated 4–2, which led to James' arrival on the Heat.

In Game 1, the Celtics started poorly, scoring only 11 points in the first quarter. The Heat had a 10-point lead after 1. The Celtics were hot in the second, scoring 35 points en route to tying the game at halftime. Behind a big second half, the Heat eventually defeated the Celtics 93–79 to take a 1–0 series lead. Game 2 was very different, with the Celtics starting very strong. Midway through the second quarter, a Rondo jumper extended their lead to 15. However, the Heat cut it to 7 at halftime. Miami had another big 3rd quarter. With the Celtics up 71–66 with 4:24 left in the third, a block by Wade on Allen ignited a 15–4 run by the Heat to end the quarter, as they took a 6-point lead heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter was close. With Miami leading 99–96 with 34 seconds left, Allen made a 3 to tie it. It eventually sent the game to OT, with James missing two chances to win the game. Miami eventually won 115–111 to take a 2–0 series lead. Rondo led the Celtics with a career-high 44 points, along with 8 rebounds and 10 assists. There was controversy in regards to the officiating as the Heat shot 18 more free throws, the Celtics committed 33 fouls to the Heat's 18, as well as a play in overtime in a tie game where Rondo was hit in the head by Wade and no foul was called, leading to a fast break dunk for Udonis Haslem. In Game 3, the Celtics got strong performances from Rondo, Garnett, and Pierce. LeBron was also hot in the first quarter, scoring 16 points and making 7 of his first 9 shots. However, despite this performance, the second and third quarters were decisive, with the Celtics outscoring the Heat a combined 55–35 in the two quarters as they had an 85–63 lead heading into the fourth. Miami made a comeback, hitting 3's and dunks to cut the lead to 8. However, Boston held on for a 101–91 victory to make it 2–1. Game 4 was the same story, with the Celtics hitting several 3's and putting on a lead as big as 18. Miami tried another comeback in the third and fourth quarters. Unlike Game 3, they took the lead. Boston answered back, holding a 3-point lead in the final minute before James hit a 3 to tie it with 36 seconds left. This led to the second overtime game of the series. It was a low-scoring affair in OT, with both teams only making one field goal. With 4:22 left, Pierce fouled out, giving Miami a big chance. However, James fouled out with 1:51 left. The Celtics still held a 2-point lead in the dying seconds, but Wade missed a potential game-winning 3 at the buzzer, giving the Celtics a 93–91 win to tie the series going back to Miami. Celtics proceeded to lead the series, 3–2, with a 94–90 win in Game 5. In the game, Bosh returned for the first time since he got injured in Game 1 of the Heat-Pacers series but was not much of a help on the offensive end. He came off the bench in the game and scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes played. With the Celtics leading by 1 with less than a minute to go, Pierce knocked down a crucial three-pointer that gave the Celtics the lead for good. The Heat prevented a celebration from happening in Game 6 with a 98–79 blowout win at Boston to send the series back to Miami for a seventh and deciding game. James had one of his best playoff games, scoring 45 points and getting 15 rebounds, 30 of his 45 came in the first half alone. In Game 7, the Celtics started strong. In the second quarter, Garnett picked up his third foul, giving the Heat a chance to try and take a lead. However, Bass led a run that pushed the Celtics' lead to 11. The Celtics would still have a 7-point lead at halftime. The third quarter was decisive once again, letting the Heat tie the game going to the fourth quarter, which was even more decisive. With the Celtics leading by 1 with 8 minutes left, James had a dunk that gave the Heat the lead. It was soon followed by Bosh's third three-pointer of the night (a career-high three 3 pointers) that gave the Heat the lead for good. The Celtics never recovered as the Heat booked a return trip to the Finals with a 101–88 Game 7 win in Miami.

Regular-season series

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

Western Conference

First Round

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Utah Jazz

April 29
1:00 pm
Utah Jazz 91, San Antonio Spurs 106
Scoring by quarter: 22–28, 25–26, 23–31, 21–21
Pts: Paul Millsap 20
Rebs: Jefferson, Millsap 9 each
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Tony Parker 28
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Spurs leads series, 1–0
May 2
7:00 pm
Utah Jazz 83, San Antonio Spurs 114
Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 11–25, 25–34, 30–27
Pts: Howard, Jefferson 10 each
Rebs: Enes Kanter 10
Asts: Gordon Hayward 4
Pts: Tony Parker 18
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Tony Parker 9
Spurs leads series, 2–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Tony Brown, Bill Kennedy,
May 5
10:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 102, Utah Jazz 90
Scoring by quarter: 30–28, 22–22, 23–18, 27–22
Pts: Tony Parker 27
Rebs: Tiago Splitter 8
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 10
Pts: Harris, Jefferson 21 each
Rebs: Favors, Jefferson, Millsap 11 each
Asts: Harris, Hayward 5 each
Spurs leads series, 3–0
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Leon Wood,
May 7
8:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 87, Utah Jazz 81
Scoring by quarter: 22–19, 28–23, 18–16, 19–23
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 17
Rebs: Stephen Jackson 6
Asts: Tony Parker 3
Pts: Al Jefferson 26
Rebs: Paul Millsap 19
Asts: Devin Harris 7
San Antonio wins series, 4–0
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Scott Foster, John Goble, Jason Phillips,

The Spurs were touted the heavy favorites in the series, following their 10-game winning streak to end the regular season and their 3–1 season series victory over the Jazz. They quickly worked their way through the Jazz, scoring 31 points in the third quarter to blow the game open. They eventually won Game 1 106–91. In Game 2, the Spurs shot 10 three-pointers and shot more than 50% as they blew out the Jazz 114–83 to take a 2–0 series lead. Game 3 was close throughout the first half, with the Spurs leading only by 2 after the first half. However, the Spurs blew the game open in the second half and won by 12 to take a 3–0 lead in the series. The odds were stacked against the Jazz as no team in NBA history have managed to win a series after trailing 3–0. Notably, before Game 4 had even been played, Jazz forward Al Jefferson commented that he didn't think any team would defeat the Spurs[14] In Game 4, it seemed like the Spurs would complete the sweep when they had a 21-point lead. However, the Jazz eventually cut the lead to just 4 with 49.4 seconds left in the fourth. However, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili eventually sealed the series by stealing the ball and scoring on a basket respectively. The Spurs eventually completed the sweep, winning Game 4 by 6.

Regular-season series

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Jazz winning three of the first four meetings.

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

April 28
9:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 98, Oklahoma City Thunder 99
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 25–26, 22–21, 25–30
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 25
Rebs: Shawn Marion 8
Asts: Kidd, Terry 5 each
Pts: Russell Westbrook 28
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 8
Asts: Russell Westbrook 5
Thunder leads series, 1–0
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Joe Crawford, Tony Brothers, David Guthrie,
April 30
9:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 99, Oklahoma City Thunder 102
Scoring by quarter: 24–32, 26–25, 27–22, 22–23
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 31
Rebs: Shawn Marion 8
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
Pts: Russell Westbrook 29
Rebs: Kevin Durant 10
Asts: James Harden 5
Thunder leads series, 2–0
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Zach Zarba,
May 3
9:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 95, Dallas Mavericks 79
Scoring by quarter: 32–26, 18–15, 25–16, 20–22
Pts: Kevin Durant 31
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 11
Asts: Kevin Durant 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 17
Rebs: Shawn Marion 10
Asts: Jason Terry 6
Thunder leads series, 3–0
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,640
Referees: Greg Willard, Marc Davis, David Jones,
May 5
7:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Dallas Mavericks 97
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 21–23, 21–34, 35–16
Pts: James Harden 29
Rebs: Kevin Durant 11
Asts: Russell Westbrook 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 34
Rebs: Vince Carter 8
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Oklahoma City wins series, 4–0
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,533
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Spooner, Sean Wright,

The Mavericks came into the playoffs only as the 7th-seed, one of the lowest placements for a defending champion. Game 1 was a very close affair, with both teams going back and forth in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. However, Kevin Durant scored on a one-handed jumper with just about 1 second remaining. The Mavs still tried to win but Shawn Marion failed to get a shot off at the buzzer, giving the Thunder a one-point victory and a 1–0 series lead. Game 2 was also a close one but the Thunder held on and managed to squeak a 102–99 win and 2–0 series lead over the defending champs. In Game 3, the Mavs were no match for the Thunder, with the Thunder eventually blowing out the defending champs 95–79 to send the Mavs into the brink of a sweep. In Game 4, it looked as if the Mavs would stave off elimination when they led by 13 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Thunder outscored the Mavs 35–16 in the fourth and held on for a 103–97 victory over the Mavs. Following the sweep, the Mavs became just the 3rd defending champion to be swept in the first round.

Regular-season series

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

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Denver Nuggets

April 29
3:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 88, Los Angeles Lakers 103
Scoring by quarter: 14–27, 26–23, 24–27, 24–26
Pts: Danilo Gallinari 19
Rebs: Faried, Miller 8 each
Asts: Andre Miller 7
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 13
Asts: Pau Gasol 8
Lakers lead series, 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson,
May 1
10:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 100, Los Angeles Lakers 104
Scoring by quarter: 25–32, 23–23, 26–26, 26–23
Pts: Ty Lawson 25
Rebs: Kenneth Faried 10
Asts: Andre Miller 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Hill, Gasol 10 each
Asts: Pau Gasol 5
Lakers lead series, 2–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Pat Fraher, Tom Washington,
May 4
10:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 84, Denver Nuggets 99
Scoring by quarter: 14–30, 25–25, 26–17, 19–27
Pts: Kobe Bryant 22
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 12
Asts: Bryant, Sessions 6 each
Pts: Ty Lawson 25
Rebs: Faried, McGee 15 each
Asts: Ty Lawson 7
Lakers lead series, 2–1
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Dan Crawford, Jason Phillips, Michael Smith,
May 6
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 92, Denver Nuggets 88
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 19–23, 25–20, 22–17
Pts: Kobe Bryant 22
Rebs: Jordan Hill 11
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 6 each
Pts: Danilo Gallinari 20
Rebs: Faried, Miller 7 each
Asts: Ty Lawson 6
Lakers lead series, 3–1
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Greg Willard, David Jones, Bill Kennedy,
May 8
10:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 102, Los Angeles Lakers 99
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 23–20, 27–22, 26–34
Pts: Andre Miller 24
Rebs: JaVale McGee 14
Asts: Lawson, Miller 8 each
Pts: Kobe Bryant 43
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 11
Asts: Ramon Sessions 6
Lakers lead series, 3–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Tony Brothers, Zach Zarba,
May 10
10:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 96, Denver Nuggets 113
Scoring by quarter: 20–30, 25–24, 23–36, 28–23
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 16
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Ty Lawson 32
Rebs: Kenneth Faried 11
Asts: Afflalo, Gallinari 7 each
Series tied at, 3–3
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,770
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Rodney Mott,
May 12
10:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 87, Los Angeles Lakers 96
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 18–23, 26–21, 19–27
Pts: Lawson, Harrington 24 each
Rebs: JaVale McGee 14
Asts: Andre Miller 8
Pts: Pau Gasol 23
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 18
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–3
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan, Bill Spooner,

The Lakers won the opening game 103–88 after Andrew Bynum had a triple-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots. The blocked shots broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise record of nine, and tied the NBA playoff record set by Mark Eaton and Hakeem Olajuwon. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and Pau Gasol added 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.[17] The Lakers then won a close Game 2 but the Nuggets proceeded to blow out the Lakers in Game 3 99–84 to prevent the Lakers from taking a commanding 3–0 lead. Game 4 was close but Sessions and Blake hit pivotal 3's to put the Lakers in the lead for good and take a 3–1 series lead. Before Game 5, Bynum said that "Close-out games are actually kind of easy."[18] The Nuggets responded by taking Game 5 102–99. The game saw the Lakers erase a 90–75 deficit with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter. In Game 6, Bryant played despite having a stomach illness, but still managed to score 31 points. However, with little contribution from Gasol and Bynum, the Nuggets forced Game 7 with a 113–96 blowout win over the Lakers. The Lakers won the series 4–3, and avoided becoming the ninth team in NBA history to be eliminated after blowing a 3–1 series lead. Gasol had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, Bynum had 16 points and a playoff career-high 18 rebounds, and Steve Blake scored a playoff career-high 19 points in a 96–87 win in Game 7. The Lakers blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Gasol put the Lakers ahead for good with a tip-in basket with 6:30 left. Kobe Bryant sealed Denver's fate by hitting a 3 with 48.3 seconds left to put the Lakers up 8. Denver had 19 turnovers in the game and shot just 7-of-27 in the fourth quarter. Returning from his seven-game suspension, Metta World Peace scored 15 points, while Bryant had 17 points, and 8 assists.[19]

Regular-season series

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning the first five meetings.

(4) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers

April 29
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 99, Memphis Grizzlies 98
Scoring by quarter: 16–34, 23–24, 25–27, 35–13
Pts: Nick Young 19
Rebs: Reggie Evans 13
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Pts: Rudy Gay 19
Rebs: Marreese Speights 9
Asts: Mike Conley 8
Clippers lead series, 1–0
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Greg Willard, Eric Lewis, Tom Washington,
May 2
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 98, Memphis Grizzlies 105
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 21–28, 22–24, 29–30
Pts: Chris Paul 29
Rebs: Blake Griffin 9
Asts: Chris Paul 6
Pts: Rudy Gay 21
Rebs: Zach Randolph 8
Asts: Mike Conley 6
Series tied at, 1–1
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Sean Wright,
May 5
4:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 86, Los Angeles Clippers 87
Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 24–27, 25–14, 15–23
Pts: Rudy Gay 24
Rebs: Marc Gasol 10
Asts: Mike Conley 8
Pts: Chris Paul 24
Rebs: Reggie Evans 11
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Clippers lead series, 2–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Derrick Stafford, John Goble, Rodney Mott,
May 7
10:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 97, Los Angeles Clippers 101 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 26–32, 19–19, 19–18, 23–18, Overtime: 10–14
Pts: Mike Conley 25
Rebs: Zach Randolph 9
Asts: Mike Conley 8
Pts: Blake Griffin 30
Rebs: Chris Paul 9
Asts: Griffin, Paul 7 each
Clippers lead series, 3–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,167
Referees: Mike Callahan, James Capers, Scott Wall,
May 9
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 80, Memphis Grizzlies 92
Scoring by quarter: 22–36, 20–21, 23–20, 15–15
Pts: Mo Williams 20
Rebs: Blake Griffin 11
Asts: Chris Paul 4
Pts: Marc Gasol 23
Rebs: Zach Randolph 10
Asts: Mike Conley 6
Clippers lead series, 3–2
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Spooner, Gary Zielinski,
May 11
9:00 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 90, Los Angeles Clippers 88
Scoring by quarter: 25–16, 17–22, 24–28, 24–22
Pts: Marc Gasol 23
Rebs: Zach Randolph 15
Asts: Mike Conley 9
Pts: Blake Griffin 15
Rebs: Reggie Evans 10
Asts: Chris Paul 7
Series tied at, 3–3
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Dan Crawford, Marc Davis, Jason Phillips,
May 13
1:00 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 82, Memphis Grizzlies 72
Scoring by quarter: 16–13, 23–25, 16–18, 27–16
Pts: Chris Paul 19
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 10
Asts: Chris Paul 4
Pts: Gasol, Gay 19 each
Rebs: Zach Randolph 12
Asts: Mike Conley 5
L.A. Clippers win series, 4–3
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Monty McCutchen,

The Clippers rallied to win Game 1 in one of the largest comebacks in playoff history. Trailing by as many as 27, and down 95–71 with 9:13 left, the Clippers held the Grizzlies to just one field goal the rest of the game and pulled off an improbable 99–98 victory before a stunned, sold-out crowd of 18,119 at FedExForum.[21] In Game 2, the Grizzlies avenged their embarrassing Game 1 loss by winning a close Game 2 to even the series going to Los Angeles. In Game 3, the Clippers survived a late Grizzlies rally in the final minute as Rudy Gay's 3 missed at the buzzer to give the Clippers an 87–86 victory and a 2–1 series lead. Game 4 was close, with the game going to overtime. With Chris Paul's heroics, the Clippers managed to win Game 4 and take a commanding 3–1 series lead. Back at home for Game 5, the Grizzlies tried to stave off elimination, at one point taking a 24-point lead in the third before the Clippers cut the lead again. However, the Grizzlies made sure there would be no collapse, using a 7–1 run in the final 1:44 to win Game 5 92–80. Facing elimination on the road, the Grizzlies gathered themselves, storming back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to win Game 6 90–88, to force a decisive Game 7. In Game 7, the Clipper bench outscored their Grizzlies counterparts, 41–11, and it was enough as the Clippers won on the road, becoming the 6th NBA road team to do so after leading series 3–1, to advance to the semifinals against the Spurs.

Regular-season series

This was the first playoff meeting between the Clippers and the Grizzlies.[22]

Conference Semifinals

This is the first playoffs that the city of Los Angeles has both teams participating in the Conference Semifinals. The last time the Lakers and Clippers were in the Conference Semifinals was 1974, when the Clippers franchise was the Buffalo Braves. Also, another team based out of Staples Center, the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, participated in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. As a result of these 3 teams sharing one arena, Games 3 and 4 of the Thunder–Lakers and Spurs–Clippers series were played back-to-back on May 18–19 and 19–20 respectively, to avoid scheduling conflicts.

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers

May 15
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 92, San Antonio Spurs 108
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 20–28, 23–30, 20–21
Pts: Eric Bledsoe 23
Rebs: Griffin, Jordan 9 each
Asts: Chris Paul 10
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Boris Diaw 12
Asts: Tony Parker 11
Spurs leads series, 1–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Scott Foster, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson,
May 17
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 88, San Antonio Spurs 105
Scoring by quarter: 21–29, 21–17, 25–32, 21–27
Pts: Blake Griffin 20
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 7
Asts: Chris Paul 5
Pts: Tony Parker 22
Rebs: Parker, Duncan 5 each
Asts: Parker, Ginóbili 5 each
Spurs leads series, 2–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Leon Wood,
May 19
3:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 96, Los Angeles Clippers 86
Scoring by quarter: 11–33, 32–20, 26–8, 27–25
Pts: Tony Parker 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Tony Parker 10
Pts: Blake Griffin 28
Rebs: Blake Griffin 16
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Spurs leads series, 3–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Tony Brothers, Tom Washington,
May 20
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 102, Los Angeles Clippers 99
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 25–26, 23–28, 28–24
Pts: Tim Duncan 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Chris Paul 23
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 8
Asts: Chris Paul 11
San Antonio wins series, 4–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Joe Crawford, James Capers, Bill Spooner,

The Spurs won their last 14 games coming into this series. They were also well prepared because they were able to sweep their previous opponent, the Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, the Clippers were coming off a tough seven-game series against the Memphis Grizzlies and had to play Game 1 just 2 days after the Game 7 ended. Game 1 was close as the teams were tied coming into the 2nd quarter. However, the Spurs quickly took control in the 2nd and 3rd quarters as they defeated the Clippers, 108–92, and took a 1–0 series lead. Game 2 then saw a Spurs team taking control in the second half to defeat the Clippers and take a 2–0 lead. Going to Los Angeles for a back-to-back Games 3 and 4, the Clippers looked confident to defeat the Spurs, as they quickly took a 40–16 lead with 9:17 to go in the 2nd. However, the Spurs quickly cut the lead to 7 with 36.4 seconds before the half, with the half ending with a 10-point Clipper lead. Then, with the Clippers holding on to a 12-point lead with 9:39 to go in the 3rd, the Spurs unleashed a ferocious 24–0 run to take a 69–57 lead with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd. The Clippers never got closer than seven down the stretch as they watched the Spurs take a commanding 3–0 lead in the series. Game 4 was a close one, with the Clippers leading for much of the fourth quarter before the Spurs took the lead on a Duncan hook shot. Then, in the final moments of the game, Paul made several mistakes, a bad pass and an off-balanced jump shot that missed, that ultimately led to Clippers' demise. Following Parker's free-throw that extended the Spurs' lead to 3, the Clippers had one last chance. However, out of timeouts, the Clippers were forced to take a long inbound pass. Mo Williams managed to catch the ball but was unable to get a shot off as the Spurs completed the sweep of the Clippers. The Spurs became just the fourth team to go 8–0 through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Regular-season series

This was the first playoff meeting between the Clippers and the Spurs.[23]

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers

May 14
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 90, Oklahoma City Thunder 119
Scoring by quarter: 23–30, 21–29, 24–39, 22–21
Pts: Bryant, Bynum 20 each
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 14
Asts: Steve Blake 4
Pts: Russell Westbrook 27
Rebs: Kevin Durant 8
Asts: Russell Westbrook 9
Thunder leads series, 1–0
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Greg Willard, Tony Brothers, David Guthrie,
May 16
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 75, Oklahoma City Thunder 77
Scoring by quarter: 22–21, 23–27, 18–12, 12–17
Pts: Bryant, Bynum 20 each
Rebs: Pau Gasol 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Kevin Durant 22
Rebs: Kevin Durant 7
Asts: Kevin Durant 5
Thunder leads series, 2–0
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Rodney Mott, Jason Phillips,
May 18
10:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 96, Los Angeles Lakers 99
Scoring by quarter: 15–23, 32–27, 23–19, 26–30
Pts: Kevin Durant 31
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 11
Asts: Thabo Sefolosha 4
Pts: Kobe Bryant 36
Rebs: Bynum, Gasol 11 each
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 6 each
Thunder leads series, 2–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Marc Davis, Zach Zarba,
May 19
10:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Los Angeles Lakers 100
Scoring by quarter: 24–29, 22–27, 25–24, 32–20
Pts: Russell Westbrook 37
Rebs: Kevin Durant 13
Asts: Russell Westbrook 5
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 9
Asts: Bryant, Sessions 5 each
Thunder leads series, 3–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Ken Mauer,
May 21
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 90, Oklahoma City Thunder 106
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 30–28, 26–29, 13–23
Pts: Kobe Bryant 42
Rebs: Pau Gasol 16
Asts: Metta World Peace 5
Pts: Russell Westbrook 28
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 11
Asts: Durant, Harden, Westbrook 4 each
Oklahoma City wins series, 4–1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Scott Foster, John Goble, Tom Washington,

Much like the Spurs-Clippers series, the series featured a team that swept their first round opponents and another team that were coming off a tough seven-game series. As such, the Thunder had the advantage in Game 1. The result was a convincing 29-point blowout by the Thunder to the Lakers. The Thunder quickly took control through the first three quarters and stretched their lead to as high as 35. Game 2 was much closer, with the Lakers shocking the Thunder by leading by 7 with 2 minutes to go that would seemingly tie the series at 1. However, the Lakers would fail to keep the lead, with the Thunder eventually going on a 9–0 run to take a 2–0 series lead. In Game 3, the Lakers collaborated on both ends to prevent the Thunder from taking a 3–0 lead putting them back into the series. Game 4 saw the Lakers start strong, taking a 10-point lead at halftime. They were able to have a 13-point lead in the fourth. However, Thunder outscored the Lakers 25–9 the rest of the way to take a 3–1 series lead, putting the Lakers into the brink of elimination. With the score tied at 98, Russell Westbrook committed a crucial turnover when he slipped and lost the ball. However, Pau Gasol's pass was taken by Durant, setting up Durant's 3-pointer that gave the Thunder the lead for good. The Lakers still had one last chance to tie but Kobe Bryant's three missed, with Harden hitting two free-throws to effectively seal the deal. In Game 5, Lakers were able to keep the game close throughout the first three quarters before the Thunder closed the series on a flurry, starting with two threes by Kevin Durant. The Lakers were not able to respond as they watched the Thunder take the series, 4–1, to send the Lakers back home for the second straight season in the Conference Semifinals.

Regular-season series

This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning six of the first eight meetings.

Conference Finals: (1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder

May 27
8:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 98, San Antonio Spurs 101
Scoring by quarter: 18–24, 29–22, 24–16, 27–39
Pts: Kevin Durant 27
Rebs: Kevin Durant 10
Asts: Russell Westbrook 5
Pts: Manu Gin