2001 NBA Finals
Template:NBA Finals summary The 2001 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2000–01 National Basketball Association season. The Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference took on the Philadelphia 76ers of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Lakers holding home-court advantage in a best-of-seven format.
Allen Iverson scored 48 points in his only NBA Finals victory, as the 76ers took Game 1 107–101 in overtime, handing the Lakers their first (and only) loss of the playoffs. However, the Lakers went on to win the next four games, despite being outshot and outrebounded in the series. Los Angeles punished Philadelphia with their three-point shooting, which was the key to this series. In Game 3 Robert Horry hit a three-point shot in the last minute, and in the next two games the Lakers used hot 3-point shooting to build big leads and hold off late 76ers comeback attempts in games 4 and 5, pulling away for double-digit wins to capture the title.
Background[edit | edit source]
The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2000–01 NBA season as the defending NBA champions. The club lost a few players to free agency, but they signed veteran players like Isaiah Rider and Horace Grant. The Lakers began the season struggling on and off the court, as they were losing games at the beginning with the Shaq–Kobe feud. Injuries also riddled the team as they struggled through the season. But by April 1, 2001, the Lakers last loss was to the New York Knicks and they never looked back as the team closed out the season on an eight-game winning streak, thus finishing the season 56-26 and closing out as the number 2 seed in the West behind the San Antonio Spurs.
The Lakers began the 2001 NBA Playoffs versus the team against whom they played the previous year in the Western Conference finals, the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers were a team that struggled throughout the season but battled back to claim the 7th seed. The series wasn't close, as the Lakers swept the Trail Blazers by double digits in all three games. In the semifinals the Lakers took on the Sacramento Kings, a team who had also given the Lakers a tough series the previous season, but the Lakers took two close games at home and went to Sacramento to finish the Kings off with a 4–0 sweep as well. In the conference finals the Lakers went up against the number 1 seed San Antonio Spurs, who were expected[by whom?] to be more competitive than the Lakers' previous opponents. But the Lakers took games 1 and 2 in San Antonio, and then blew them out in games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles in another complete sweep as they became the second team in NBA history to sweep the conference playoffs at 11–0, the 1988-1989 Los Angeles Lakers being the first.
But the Lakers met a snag on their quest to the first NBA sweep in playoff history as they went up against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers, seeded number 1 in the Eastern Conference, had just come out of two straight seven-game series against the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. During the first game, the trio of Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo and Eric Snow, coming hot off a long Eastern Conference championship road, beat the Lakers in overtime, showcasing their endurance.
The Lakers then took Game 2. Afterwards, Kobe Bryant was quoted as saying he was coming to Philadelphia to cut their hearts out. The Sixers dropped all three games in Philadelphia, giving the Lakers their second straight championship.
Road to the Finals[edit | edit source]
|Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion)||Philadelphia 76ers (Eastern Conference Champion)|
Template:2000–01 NBA West standings2nd seed in the West, 2nd-best league record
Template:2000–01 NBA East standings1st seed in the East, 3rd-best league record
|Defeated the (7) Portland Trail Blazers, 3-0||First Round||Defeated the (8) Indiana Pacers, 3–1|
|Defeated the (3) Sacramento Kings, 4–0||Conference Semifinals||Defeated the (5) Toronto Raptors, 4–3|
|Defeated the (1) San Antonio Spurs, 4–0||Conference Finals||Defeated the (2) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–3|
Regular season series[edit | edit source]
Both teams split the two meetings, each won by the home team:
December 5, 2000
|Philadelphia 76ers 85, Los Angeles Lakers 96|
February 14, 2001
|Los Angeles Lakers 97, Philadelphia 76ers 112|
Starting lineups[edit | edit source]Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame‡
|Los Angeles||Position||width="125px" style="text-align:center; Template:NBA color cell2;" | Philadelphia|
|Derek Fisher||PG||Eric Snow|
|Kobe Bryant||SG||Allen Iverson‡|
|Rick Fox||SF||George Lynch|
|Horace Grant||PF||Tyrone Hill|
|Shaquille O'Neal‡||C||Dikembe Mutombo‡|
2001 NBA Finals rosters[edit | edit source]
Los Angeles Lakers[edit | edit source]
|2001 Los Angeles Lakers Finals roster|
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Philadelphia 76ers[edit | edit source]
|Bell, RajaRaja Bell||5||0||15.8||.308||.000||.500||1.8||0.8||2.0||0.0||2.6|
|Buford, RodneyRodney Buford||3||0||4.3||.167||.000||.000||2.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.7|
|Geiger, MattMatt Geiger||5||0||10.8||.667||.000||1.000||1.0||0.4||0.2||0.0||5.2|
|Hill, TyroneTyrone Hill||5||5||28.2||.394||.000||.778||6.6||0.4||0.0||1.2||6.6|
|Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson||5||5||47.4||.407||.282||.729||5.6||3.8||1.8||0.2||35.6|
|Jones, JumaineJumaine Jones||5||4||12.4||.400||.500||.000||2.0||0.2||0.2||0.4||2.0|
|Lynch, GeorgeGeorge Lynch||2||0||7.0||.333||.000||.000||2.5||0.5||1.0||0.0||1.0|
|MacCulloch, ToddTodd MacCulloch||5||0||6.2||.417||.000||.750||1.4||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.6|
|McKie, AaronAaron McKie||5||5||41.4||.313||.444||.667||5.4||6.0||1.2||0.6||8.0|
|Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo||5||5||41.6||.600||.000||.692||12.2||0.4||0.4||2.2||16.8|
|Ollie, KevinKevin Ollie||5||0||3.0||.333||.000||1.000||0.2||0.2||0.0||0.0||1.0|
|Snow, EricEric Snow||5||1||32.8||.407||.000||.731||4.4||6.0||1.6||0.2||12.6|
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
The Lakers won their third straight championship in a four-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets the following year. The Lakers won 58 games in the season, then defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in three games, the San Antonio Spurs in five games, and the Sacramento Kings in seven games before sweeping the Nets in the Finals.
The Sixers would win only 43 games in the 2001-02 NBA season, as injuries were the story of their season. Nevertheless, they made the playoffs as the sixth seed, but were defeated by the Boston Celtics in five games. The Celtics themselves came within two games of returning to the NBA Finals for the first time since Template:Nbafy, but were ousted by the upstart Nets, who made the NBA Finals for the first time, denying a possible Celtics-Lakers final. As for the Sixers, they would never challenge for the title again in the Allen Iverson era, with the team reaching the playoffs only twice for the next four years, winning only one series.
References[edit | edit source]
- Associated Press (March 9, 2007). "Kobe visits former school to say hi, 'smell the gym'". ESPN.com.
- Heisler, Mark (May 11, 2011). "Phil Jackson's tenure produced the most success and fun we've ever seen". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/11/sports/la-sp-heisler-lakers-20110512.
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- "Official website". Archived from the original on 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2007-05-27.
- ""Take Two for Tinseltown"". Archived from the original on 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2008-05-17. entry about Finals at NBA Encyclopedia
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