2009 nba finals
A number of games were nationally televised by ABC, ESPN and TNT, while some games were televised by NBA TV. On the ensuing Magic possession, the Lakers played great defense and forced Courtney Lee to miss an awkward layup shot with 10.5 seconds left. On October 27, the regular season opened with a record of 83 international players on the opening night rosters, tying the records set in the, On January 27, the NBA suspended Washington Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the rest of the season. Bill and Luke Walton became the third father and son pair to each win a championship as a player; the other father–son combinations are Matt Guokas, Sr. (1947) with Matt Jr. (1967) and Rick Barry (1975) with son Brent (2005 and 2007). Four teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats had not have any national TV appearances on ABC, ESPN and TNT. On the bench to witness it was the previous record holder, his assistant coach Patrick Ewing, who had 8 in Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals while with the New York Knicks. Or write about sports? The 2009 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2008–09 season. The Los Angeles Lakers, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the Orlando Magic, third-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, four games to one in a best-of-seven series. As for the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs, they failed to advance past the first round for the first time since 2000. This was the first NBA Finals series since 1984 to have two games go into overtime (Games 2 and 4); both were won by the Lakers. Down 40–36 with 7:11 in the 2nd quarter, the Lakers went on a 16–0 run, fueled by two 3-pointers and solid defensive play from Trevor Ariza. The Magic were the first of these teams to make the NBA Finals (1995). , For the 2008–09 season, the salary cap was set at $58.68 million ($0.98 million), while the tax level was $71.15 million ($1.23 million). The division champions are marked by an asterisk. The Lakers have made the most NBA Finals in history with 29 but are just 14-15 in those series. Seven expansion teams have been added to the NBA since 1989. The New Jersey Nets became the fifth team in NBA history to lose 70 games in a season. The Lakers have made the most NBA Finals in history with 29 but are just 14-15 in those series. The Bulls would go on to win in 2OT. This was the first playoff meeting between the Cavaliers and the Magic.. The margin tied the most lopsided victory in playoff history set 53 years ago by the Minneapolis Lakers. Although the Magic won both regular-season matchups with the Lakers, Los Angeles was able to take 4 out of 5 games in this series. The Hawks also tied a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game. The Magic were the first of these teams to make the NBA Finals (1995). Last Season:Lost in Eastern Conference semifinals. Lue and another backup point guard, Anthony Johnson were the only players on Orlando's roster with NBA finals experience. However, despite the incredible shooting percentage, the Lakers managed to stay close for much of the game. On the next Magic possession, Howard was fouled by Bryant with 11 seconds remaining. The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. The Los Angeles Lakers, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the Orlando Magic, third-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, four games to one in a best-of-seven series. Due to stellar defense by the Lakers, Dwight Howard was a dismal 1–6 from the field, his fewest made field goals in his playoff career, and finished with 12 points, 10 of which came from free throws. Kobe Bryant was named NBA Finals MVP. For the second time in NBA history, all eight Western Conference playoff teams won at least 50 games, and only 7 wins separated the Western Conference #1 seed from #8 seed. The Heat won Game 3 at home, almost in similar fashion as the Hawks' victory in Game 1. All four players were given technical fouls in the incident. The Atlanta Hawks won a first round series for the first time since 1999, but were swept by the Cavs after enduring a tough 7-game series with the Miami Heat, who made the playoffs for the fifth time in 6 years. Italic Team with home-court advantage. However, Kobe Bryant kept the Lakers in the game, scoring 13 of the team's 20 first-quarter points. Türkoğlu made another jumper with 1:34 remaining to give the Magic a 5-point lead. This also included a 75% first quarter, also an NBA Finals record. The Los Angeles Lakers returned to the Finals for the 30th time in franchise history, an NBA record, and for the second consecutive year, marking the first time that the previous year's runner-up won the NBA Finals since the Detroit Pistons in 1988 and 1989. 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. Orlando is one of two franchises to make the NBA Finals but not win a game (Cavaliers). The 2010 NBA All-Star Game was played at Cowboys Stadium, in Texas, on February 14, 2010, with the East winning in a closely contested game, 141–139, and the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade being named the MVP. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers winning the first meeting. The Nuggets routed the Hornets in Game 1, led by hometown player Chauncey Billups's 36 points in his playoff debut for the Nuggets. They pushed the eventual champion Lakers to a Game 7 before losing. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. For more, visit AccuScore or see the NBA trends page. The Celtics were previously 32–0 when leading a series 3–2, and 17–3 previously in Game 7s at home. Totals; Per Game; Per 36 … Last Season:Lost in Western Conference first round, Championships: 14 (5 as Minneapolis Lakers). The tradition began in 2005 and ended for the 2010 series. Rose also became the second player to have a 35-point, 10-assist game in their playoff debut in history, after Chris Paul did the feat in 2008; his 36 points was also the highest points scored by a Bull in a playoff game since Michael Jordan retired. The game had record-breaking attendance, with 108,713. The Magic were overlooked by many to even reach the Eastern Conference Finals, as they played in the shadows of the #1-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, led by regular-season MVP LeBron James, and defending champion #2-seed Boston Celtics. On October 23, the NBA and its referees announced that they have agreed on a new labor agreement for the next two seasons, thus ending the lockout of referees. Paul Pierce went 21-for-21 from the free throw line on April 19, 2003, against the Pacers, the most free throws made in a playoff game without a miss. The 3 division winners and 5 other teams with the most wins from each conference qualify for the playoffs. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Magic winning the first meeting. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Daily Dime: Fisher's big shots help Lakers win Game 4, PER Diem: Magic need to return to bread and butter, Adande: Bryant's winning touch missing in Game 3, Daily Dime: Different game for Dwight Howard, PER Diem: 2-3-2 format fuss much ado about nothing. Having achieved three Game 1 victories throughout the postseason (first round vs. Utah, conference finals vs. Denver, and NBA Finals vs. Orlando), Phil Jackson-coached teams are now 44-0 in series where they win Game 1. https://basketball.fandom.com/wiki/2009_NBA_Finals?oldid=69140, Belize: Great Belize Television and Tropical Vision Limited (all games except games 2 and 5 joined in progress; Sunday games covered in full), China: CCTV-5, several provincial broadcasters, Hong Kong: ESPN, Cable TV Hong Kong Sports Channel, Star Sports, TVB HD, Japan: J Sports Plus, NHK BS-1, SkyPerfecTV. Fisher then hit a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 94–91 lead. Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant (32.4 / 5.6 / 7.4) 2009 Playoff Leaders: PTS: Kobe Bryant (695) TRB: Dwight Howard (353) AST: Rajon Rondo (137) WS: LeBron James (4.8) More playoffs info. However, neither saw playing time during the series, as Lue was inactive with an injury and Johnson lost his minutes to teammate Jameer Nelson, who returned from a shoulder injury in time for the Finals.