2010 NBA Playoffs

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The 2010 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2009–10 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

For the 2nd time in 3 seasons and the first time since 2008, all Western Conference playoff teams had at least 50 wins. The 7 games separating 1–8 was tied for the smallest margin, also from 2008.

Cleveland's 61 in the NBA was the least win total for best record since the Pacers won 61 in 2004.1 The Cavaliers' second round playoff exit (4–2 vs. Boston) was the earliest for the top seed since the Dallas Mavericks' first round loss to the Golden State Warriors in 2007.

Many teams avenged previous losses by defeating teams who defeated them in recent years. The Spurs defeated the Mavericks, who beat them twice in the previous 4 seasons. The Cavs beat the Bulls for the first time since The Shot. The Suns defeated the Spurs, who won the previous 4 meetings in the last decade. The Lakers beat the Suns, who defeated them in the first round in 2006 and 2007. The Celtics defeated the Magic, who eliminated them in 2009. And in the finals, the Lakers beat the Celtics who defeated them in the 2008 NBA Finals.

Game 5 of the Magic-Celtics series was the last game played at Amway Arena (formerly Orlando Arena and TD Waterhouse Centre). The Magic, who last year upset the top-seeded Cavs in 6 after they went 8-0 through the first two rounds, also went 8-0 through two playoff series, only to suffer the same fate as the Cavaliers last year, losing to Boston in 6.

The Charlotte Bobcats made their first playoff appearance in franchise history. However, they failed to win a single playoff game in a loss to the Magic in the first round.

The Celtics-Cavs series marked the first time that each team lost a home playoff game by record margins: Boston lost Game 3 124-95; Cleveland lost Game 5 120-88.

The Oklahoma City Thunder made their first playoff appearance under that name; their last appearance was 2005 as the Seattle SuperSonics. Games 3, 4 and 6 were the first playoff games played at Ford Center (the arena's former tenants, the New Orleans Hornets, didn't play a single playoff game in the building). They made the most of their debut playoff appearance, pushing the eventual champion Lakers to 6.

The Mavericks would hold the dubious distinction of losing 3 first round series while holding the top 2 playoff seeds. They lost to the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs in 6. They have also lost a playoff series against the Seattle SuperSonics (1987, as the second seed) and the Golden State Warriors (2007, as the top seed).

Format

The 3 division winners and 5 other teams with the most wins from each conference 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.

Tiebreak procedures

The tiebreakers that determine seedings were:

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

If there were more than two teams tied, the team that wins the tiebreaker get 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.2

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

Team standings progression on the teams that qualified for the playoffs.
Seed Team Wins Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 61 March 83 March 174 April 25 April 46
2 Orlando Magic 59 March 167 April 58
3 Atlanta Hawks 53 March 219
4 Boston Celtics 50 March 2410 March 2611
5 Miami Heat 47 April 612
6 Milwaukee Bucks 46 April 613
7 Charlotte Bobcats 44 April 612
8 Chicago Bulls 41 April 1414

Western Conference

Team standings progression on the teams that qualified for the playoffs.
Seed Team Wins Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
1 Los Angeles Lakers 57 March 1915 April 316 April 917
2 Dallas Mavericks 55 March 2618 April 919
3 Phoenix Suns 54 March 3020
4 Denver Nuggets 53 3–1 vs. UTA March 2821 April 1422
5 Utah Jazz 53 1–3 vs. DEN March 2823
6 Portland Trail Blazers 50 6–1 vs. SA and OKC March 3124
7 San Antonio Spurs 50 3–4 vs. POR and OKC April 425
8 Oklahoma City Thunder 50 2–6 vs. POR and SA April 326

— = Not Applicable

Home-court advantage

The team with the better record earned the home-court advantage through any playoff round, regardless of seeding. (The NBA is the only one of the four major North American leagues that awards home advantage based strictly on record.)

Rank Team Conference Division Wins Losses
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Central 61 21
2 Orlando Magic Eastern Southeast 59 23
3 Los Angeles Lakers Western Pacific 57 25
4 Dallas Mavericks Western Southwest 55 27
5 Phoenix Suns Western Pacific 54 28
6 Denver Nuggets Western Northwest 53 29
7 Atlanta Hawks Eastern Southeast 53 29
8 Utah Jazz Western Northwest 53 29
9 Boston Celtics Eastern Atlantic 50 32
10 Portland Trail Blazers Western Northwest 50 32
11 San Antonio Spurs Western Southwest 50 32
12 Oklahoma City Thunder Western Northwest 50 32
13 Miami Heat Eastern Southeast 47 35
14 Milwaukee Bucks Eastern Central 46 36
15 Charlotte Bobcats Eastern Southeast 44 38
16 Chicago Bulls Eastern Central 41 41

Bracket

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. Home court advantage in the NBA Finals does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record (for example, the 4th seed in the Western Conference could have a better regular season record than the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and would therefore have home court advantage if the two met in the Finals); teams with home court advantage are shown in italics.

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Cleveland* 4
8 Chicago 1
1 Cleveland 2
4 Boston 4
4 Boston* 4
5 Miami 1
4 Boston 4
Eastern Conference
2 Orlando 2
3 Atlanta 4
6 Milwaukee 3
3 Atlanta 0
2 Orlando 4
2 Orlando* 4
7 Charlotte 0
E4 Boston 3
W1 L.A. Lakers 4
1 L.A. Lakers* 4
8 Oklahoma City 2
1 L.A. Lakers 4
5 Utah 0
4 Denver* 2
5 Utah 4
1 L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
3 Phoenix 2
3 Phoenix 4
6 Portland 2
3 Phoenix 4
7 San Antonio 0
2 Dallas* 2
7 San Antonio 4

Eastern Conference

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

First Round

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Chicago Bulls

April 17
3:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 96
Scoring by quarter: 18–32, 23–24, 19–17, 23–23
Pts: Derrick Rose 28
Rebs: Hinrich, Noah 8 each
Asts: Derrick Rose 10
Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 15
Asts: Mo Williams 10
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Eddie Rush, Bob Delaney, John Goble
April 19
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 112
Scoring by quarter: 22–28, 28–24, 27–25, 25–35
Pts: Joakim Noah 25
Rebs: Joakim Noah 13
Asts: Derrick Rose 8
Pts: LeBron James 40
Rebs: LeBron James 8
Asts: LeBron James 8
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Eric Lewis
April 22
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 106, Chicago Bulls 108
Scoring by quarter: 21–32, 24–24, 23–23, 38–29
Pts: LeBron James 39
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 11
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Derrick Rose 31
Rebs: Joakim Noah 15
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,991
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Jason Phillips, Tony Brothers
April 25
3:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 121, Chicago Bulls 98
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 38–31, 37–24, 22–22
Pts: LeBron James 37
Rebs: LeBron James 12
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Noah, Rose 21 each
Rebs: Joakim Noah 20
Asts: Derrick Rose 5
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,991
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan
April 27
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 94, Cleveland Cavaliers 96
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 22–28, 23–18, 23–23
Pts: Derrick Rose 31
Rebs: Taj Gibson 11
Asts: Derrick Rose 6
Pts: Antawn Jamison 25
Rebs: LeBron James 10
Asts: LeBron James 9
Cleveland wins series, 4–1
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy, Zach Zarba
Regular-season series

Teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

November 5, 2009
Chicago Bulls 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 85
December 4, 2009
Chicago Bulls 87, Cleveland Cavaliers 101
March 19, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers 92, Chicago Bulls 85
April 8, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers 108, Chicago Bulls 109

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3-0)

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats

April 18
5:30 pm
Charlotte Bobcats 89, Orlando Magic 98
Scoring by quarter: 20–31, 23–28, 23–17, 23–22
Pts: Gerald Wallace 25
Rebs: Gerald Wallace 17
Asts: Raymond Felton 4
Pts: Jameer Nelson 32
Rebs: Dwight Howard 7
Asts: Jameer Nelson 6
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, Sean Wright
April 21
7:00 pm
Charlotte Bobcats 77, Orlando Magic 92
Scoring by quarter: 14–18, 16–23, 25–34, 22–17
Pts: Stephen Jackson 27
Rebs: Boris Diaw 7
Asts: Diaw, Felton 4 each
Pts: Vince Carter 19
Rebs: Dwight Howard 9
Asts: Jameer Nelson 5
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Rodney Mott, Bill Spooner
April 24
2:00 pm
Orlando Magic 90, Charlotte Bobcats 86
Scoring by quarter: 29–27, 12–19, 25–20, 24–20
Pts: Jameer Nelson 32
Rebs: Gortat, Howard 8 each
Asts: Barnes, Howard, Lewis, Nelson 3 each
Pts: Stephen Jackson 19
Rebs: Gerald Wallace 8
Asts: Diaw, Felton 6 each
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ed Malloy, Leon Wood
April 26
8:00 pm
Orlando Magic 99, Charlotte Bobcats 90
Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 20–20, 28–23, 28–22
Pts: Vince Carter 21
Rebs: Dwight Howard 13
Asts: Carter, Nelson 4 each
Pts: Tyrus Thomas 21
Rebs: Tyrus Thomas 9
Asts: Stephen Jackson 8
Orlando wins series, 4–0
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,086
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Sean Corbin, Marc Davis
Regular-season series

The Orlando Magic lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 10, 2009
Orlando Magic 93, Charlotte Bobcats 81
November 16, 2009
Charlotte Bobcats 91, Orlando Magic 97
January 23, 2010
Orlando Magic 106, Charlotte Bobcats 95
March 14, 2010
Charlotte Bobcats 96, Orlando Magic 89

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Magic and Bobcats.

(3) Atlanta Hawks vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks

April 17
5:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 92, Atlanta Hawks 102
Scoring by quarter: 17–34, 23–28, 30–19, 22–21
Pts: Brandon Jennings 34
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 9
Asts: Brandon Jennings 3
Pts: Joe Johnson 22
Rebs: Josh Smith 10
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,729
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin
April 20
7:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 86, Atlanta Hawks 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–28, 26–24, 16–24, 24–20
Pts: John Salmons 21
Rebs: Ersan İlyasova 15
Asts: Delfino, Salmons 4 each
Pts: Joe Johnson 27
Rebs: Josh Smith 14
Asts: Josh Smith 9
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,938
Referees: Dan Crawford, Derrick Collins, Ed Malloy
April 24
7:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 89, Milwaukee Bucks 107
Scoring by quarter: 19–36, 21–16, 17–26, 32–29
Pts: Joe Johnson 25
Rebs: Josh Smith 12
Asts: Crawford, Johnson 4 each
Pts: John Salmons 22
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 13
Asts: John Salmons 10
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, James Capers
April 26
8:30 pm
Atlanta Hawks 104, Milwaukee Bucks 111
Scoring by quarter: 25–28, 25–26, 24–31, 30–26
Pts: Joe Johnson 29
Rebs: Josh Smith 9
Asts: Joe Johnson 9
Pts: Brandon Jennings 23
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 9
Asts: Brandon Jennings 6
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington, Tom Goble
April 28
8:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 91, Atlanta Hawks 87
Scoring by quarter: 24–23, 19–23, 18–23, 30–18
Pts: Brandon Jennings 25
Rebs: Ersan İlyasova 7
Asts: John Salmons 5
Pts: Al Horford 25
Rebs: Al Horford 11
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 19,304
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Dick Bavetta, Marc Davis
April 30
7:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 83, Milwaukee Bucks 69
Scoring by quarter: 16–19, 15–15, 29–11, 23–24
Pts: Jamal Crawford 24
Rebs: Al Horford 15
Asts: Joe Johnson 6
Pts: Carlos Delfino 20
Rebs: Kurt Thomas 9
Asts: John Salmons 4
Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Mike Callahan, Zach Zarba
May 2
1:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 74, Atlanta Hawks 95
Scoring by quarter: 13–20, 27–33, 20–20, 14–22
Pts: Brandon Jennings 15
Rebs: Ersan İlyasova 11
Asts: Brandon Jennings 5
Pts: Jamal Crawford 22
Rebs: Al Horford 15
Asts: Jamal Crawford 6
Atlanta wins series, 4–3
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 19,241
Referees: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Greg Willard

The Atlanta Hawks quickly took control of the series by winning the first 2 games against the Milwaukee Bucks, without star center Andrew Bogut. But the Bucks managed to take the next 3 games, including a shocking Game 5 win in Atlanta, where they overcame a 9-point deficit in the final 4 minutes. However, Atlanta managed to stave off elimination in front of a raucous Bradley Center crowd, coming away with an 83–69 Game 6 victory. The Hawks then finished off the Bucks in Game 7 and advanced to the next round.

Regular-season series

The Atlanta Hawks lead games 2–1 in the regular-season series:

February 28, 2010
Milwaukee Bucks 102, Atlanta Hawks 106
March 22, 2010
Atlanta Hawks 95, Milwaukee Bucks 98
April 12, 2010
Atlanta Hawks 104, Milwaukee Bucks 96

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference First Round (Milwaukee won 3-2)

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Miami Heat

April 17
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 76, Boston Celtics 85
Scoring by quarter: 29–28, 15–13, 22–23, 10–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 26
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Paul Pierce 16
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Dick Bavetta, Ed Malloy
April 20
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 77, Boston Celtics 106
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 10–26, 26–36, 18–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 29
Rebs: Michael Beasley 7
Asts: Dwyane Wade 5
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Eddie Rush, Bob Delaney, Marc Davis
April 23
7:00 pm
Boston Celtics 100, Miami Heat 98
Scoring by quarter: 27–29, 21–20, 32–23, 20–26
Pts: Paul Pierce 32
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Dwyane Wade 34
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,500
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Eric Lewis, Bill Spooner
April 25
1:00 pm
Boston Celtics 92, Miami Heat 101
Scoring by quarter: 18–31, 25–18, 34–22, 15–30
Pts: Rajon Rondo 23
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 9
Pts: Dwyane Wade 46
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 11
Asts: Wade, Chalmers 5 each
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,520
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard
April 27
7:00 pm
Miami Heat 86, Boston Celtics 96
Scoring by quarter: 21–29, 17–19, 27–23, 21–25
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Pts: Ray Allen 24
Rebs: Garnett, Rondo 8 each
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
Boston wins series, 4–1
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Derrick Stafford, James Capers
Regular-season series

The Boston Celtics lead games 3–0 in the regular-season series:

November 29, 2009
Boston Celtics 92, Miami Heat 85
January 6, 2010
Boston Celtics 112, Miami Heat 106
February 3, 2010
Miami Heat 102, Boston Celtics 107

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Celtics and Heat.

Conference Semifinals

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (4) Boston Celtics

May 1
8:00 pm
Boston Celtics 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 101
Scoring by quarter: 26–20, 28–23, 24–36, 15–22
Pts: Rajon Rondo 27
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
Pts: LeBron James 35
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 9
Asts: LeBron James 7
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Bill Spooner, Jason Phillips
May 3
8:00 pm
Boston Celtics 104, Cleveland Cavaliers 86
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 26–26, 31–12, 21–26
Pts: Ray Allen 22
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 19
Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: James, Varejão 7 each
Asts: Mo Williams 7
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Ed Malloy
May 7
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 124, Boston Celtics 95
Scoring by quarter: 36–17, 29–26, 31–27, 28–25
Pts: LeBron James 38
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 12
Asts: James, Williams 7 each
Pts: Kevin Garnett 19
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 5
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ken Mauer, Zach Zarba
May 9
3:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 87, Boston Celtics 97
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 23–23, 27–20, 15–23
Pts: LeBron James 22
Rebs: LeBron James 9
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Rajon Rondo 29
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 18
Asts: Rajon Rondo 13
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Mike Callahan, Michael Smith
May 11
8:00 pm
Boston Celtics 120, Cleveland Cavaliers 88
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 30–21, 30–19, 40–25
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Paul Pierce 11
Asts: Rondo, Pierce 7 each
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 21
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 8
Asts: LeBron James 7
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Crawford, Marc Davis, Greg Willard
May 13
8:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 85, Boston Celtics 94
Scoring by quarter: 22–25, 27–26, 18–25, 18–18
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: LeBron James 19
Asts: LeBron James 10
Pts: Kevin Garnett 22
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
Boston wins series, 4–2
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bob Delaney, Eddie F. Rush

The Cavaliers were considered heavy favorites coming in, but had to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to win Game 1. The Celtics took home-court in Game 2, as Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's 19 assists powered them past the Cavaliers to an 18 point victory. The Cavaliers struck back in Game 3 and handed the Celtics their worst home-playoff loss in franchise history. Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and 38 for the game. Antawn Jamison added another 20. Celtics forward Paul Pierce called the loss "embarrassing". Rondo's triple-double (29 points, a career playoff high 18 rebounds and 13 assists) pushed the Celtics to a Game 4 victory. The Celtics reciprocated their Game 3 humiliation with a 32 point victory in Cleveland during Game 5. LeBron James was held to 3 of 14 shooting. The Celtics clinched the series in Game 6, holding James to 8 of 21 shooting.

The Cavaliers early-exit led to James's departure for the Miami Heat during the offseason. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert then accused James of quitting on the team during the series and also alleged that he did the same thing the previous year's Conference Finals.27 The Cavaliers have not made the playoffs since, and in fact, they would be the first team Byron Scott failed to take to the playoffs during his tenure as head coach, he had led his two previous teams to the playoffs at least once.

Regular-season series

Teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

October 27, 2009
Boston Celtics 95, Cleveland Cavaliers 89
February 25, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers 108, Boston Celtics 88
March 14, 2010
Boston Celtics 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 104
April 4, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers 113, Boston Celtics 117

Last Playoff Meeting: 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Boston won 4-3)

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (3) Atlanta Hawks

May 4
8:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 71, Orlando Magic 114
Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 10–28, 11–32, 27–29
Pts: Josh Smith 14
Rebs: Johnson, Pachulia 7 each
Asts: Bibby, Johnson 3 each
Pts: Dwight Howard 21
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Jameer Nelson 5
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Bob Delaney, Tom Washington
May 6
8:00 pm
Atlanta Hawks 98, Orlando Magic 112
Scoring by quarter: 27–32, 30–17, 26–35, 15–28
Pts: Al Horford 24
Rebs: Marvin Williams 11
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
Pts: Dwight Howard 29
Rebs: Dwight Howard 17
Asts: Lewis, Nelson 6 each
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis
May 8
5:00 pm
Orlando Magic 105, Atlanta Hawks 75
Scoring by quarter: 28–18, 24–15, 27–22, 26–20
Pts: Rashard Lewis 22
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Jameer Nelson 4
Pts: Jamal Crawford 22
Rebs: Josh Smith 11
Asts: Al Horford 3
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,729
Referees: Ed Malloy, Dan Crawford, Eddie F. Rush
May 10
8:00 pm
Orlando Magic 98, Atlanta Hawks 84
Scoring by quarter: 34–23, 19–22, 22–21, 23–18
Pts: Vince Carter 22
Rebs: Anderson, Howard 8 each
Asts: Jameer Nelson 9
Pts: Jamal Crawford 18
Rebs: Josh Smith 8
Asts: Joe Johnson 5
Orlando wins series, 4–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 18,729
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Derrick Stafford

The Magic's victory was the most lopsided four game sweep in playoff history.

Regular-season series

The Orlando Magic lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 26, 2009
Orlando Magic 93, Atlanta Hawks 76
January 9, 2010
Atlanta Hawks 81, Orlando Magic 113
January 30, 2010
Atlanta Hawks 86, Orlando Magic 104
March 24, 2010
Orlando Magic 84, Atlanta Hawks 86

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Orlando won 4-1)

Conference Finals: (2) Orlando Magic vs. (4) Boston Celtics

May 16
3:30 pm
Boston Celtics 92, Orlando Magic 88
Scoring by quarter: 22–14, 19–18, 33–26, 18–30
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Vince Carter 23
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Carter, Howard, Lewis, Nelson 2 each
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Michael Smith
May 18
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 95, Orlando Magic 92
'Scoring by quarter: 27–28, 26–23, 25–19, 17–22
Pts: Paul Pierce 28
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Dwight Howard 30
Rebs: Dwight Howard 8
Asts: Lewis, Nelson, Redick 4 each
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy
May 22
8:30 pm
Orlando Magic 71, Boston Celtics 94
Scoring by quarter: 12–27, 22–24, 13–24, 24–19
Pts: Carter, Nelson 15 each
Rebs: Dwight Howard 7
Asts: Barnes, Carter, Redick 2 each
Pts: Glen Davis 17
Rebs: Paul Pierce 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 12
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Greg Willard
May 24
8:30 pm
Orlando Magic 96, Boston Celtics 92 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 31–26, 20–21, 16–21, 19–18, OT: 10–6
Pts: Dwight Howard 32
Rebs: Dwight Howard 16
Asts: Jameer Nelson 9
Pts: Paul Pierce 32
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford
May 26
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 92, Orlando Magic 113
Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 22–26, 26–27, 17–29
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 21
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 5
Asts: Ray Allen 7
Pts: Jameer Nelson 24
Rebs: Dwight Howard 10
Asts: Nelson, Williams 5 each
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,461
Referees: Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
May 28
8:30 pm
Orlando Magic 84, Boston Celtics 96
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 23–25, 19–27, 23–14
Pts: Dwight Howard 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 12
Asts: Jameer Nelson 4
Pts: Paul Pierce 31
Rebs: Paul Pierce 13
Asts: Rajon Rondo 6
Boston wins series, 4–2
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer

The Boston Celtics were able to hold off a late Magic rally to steal home-court advantage in Game 1. They even used that momentum to grab Game 2 in Orlando to take a 2-0 lead going into Boston. After winning back-to-back road games to begin a series for the first time in franchise history, the Celtics would go on to blow out the Magic by 23 points in Game 3 to take a 3 to nothing lead. The Magic, however, would rally for a desperate Game 4 victory in overtime to force Game 5 in Orlando. Dwight Howard poured in 32 points in that victory. The Celtics seemed to lose control of the series, as the Magic scored another victory in Game 5, making the series 3-2, to force it back to Boston. Boston fans began to become anxious, especially after recently seeing the Boston Bruins lose their playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers even though the Bruins had a 3-0 lead initially. No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a post-season series. However, Orlando fell short as the Celtics were able to advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years with a 12-point win in Game 6.

Regular-season series

The Orlando Magic lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 20, 2009
Orlando Magic 83, Boston Celtics 78
December 25, 2009
Boston Celtics 86, Orlando Magic 77
January 28, 2010
Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 96
February 7, 2010
Orlando Magic 96, Boston Celtics 89

Last Playoff Meeting: 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Orlando won 4-3)

Western Conference

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

First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Oklahoma City Thunder

April 18
3:00 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Los Angeles Lakers 87
Scoring by quarter: 13–27, 26–20, 17–17, 23–23
Pts: Kevin Durant 24
Rebs: Nick Collison 8
Asts: Russell Westbrook 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 21
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 3 each
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Jason Phillips, Tom Washington
April 20
10:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Los Angeles Lakers 95
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 29–19, 22–28, 23–22
Pts: Kevin Durant 32
Rebs: Kevin Durant 8
Asts: Sefolosha, Westbrook 3 each
Pts: Kobe Bryant 39
Rebs: Pau Gasol 12
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Scott Foster, Zach Zarba
April 22
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 96, Oklahoma City Thunder 101
Scoring by quarter: 27–22, 23–21, 25–31, 21–27
Pts: Kobe Bryant 24
Rebs: Pau Gasol 15
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Pts: Kevin Durant 29
Rebs: Kevin Durant 19
Asts: Durant, Westbrook 4 each
Ford Center, Oklahoma City
Attendance: 18,342
Referees: Joe Crawford, Sean Wright, Marc Davis
April 24
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 89, Oklahoma City Thunder 110
Scoring by quarter: 17–29, 25–26, 22–31, 25–24
Pts: Bynum, Gasol 13 each
Rebs: Andrew Bynum 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Kevin Durant 22
Rebs: Jeff Green 9
Asts: Russell Westbrook 6
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,342
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Sean Corbin, Michael Smith
April 27
10:30 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder 87, Los Angeles Lakers 111
Scoring by quarter: 16–31, 18–24, 26–33, 27–23
Pts: Kevin Durant 17
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 9
Asts: Russell Westbrook 6
Pts: Pau Gasol 25
Rebs: Bynum, Gasol 11 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Leon Wood
April 30
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 95, Oklahoma City Thunder 94
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 27–20, 23–26, 19–21
Pts: Kobe Bryant 32
Rebs: Pau Gasol 18
Asts: Derek Fisher 6
Pts: Kevin Durant 26
Rebs: Nenad Krstić 11
Asts: Russell Westbrook 9
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–2
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,342
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard
Regular-season series

The Los Angeles Lakers lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 3, 2009
Los Angeles Lakers 101, Oklahoma City Thunder 98
November 22, 2009
Oklahoma City Thunder 85, Los Angeles Lakers 101
December 22, 2009
Oklahoma City Thunder 108, Los Angeles Lakers 111
March 26, 2010
Los Angeles Lakers 75, Oklahoma City Thunder 91

Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–1 over Seattle, the predecessor to Oklahoma City)

(2) Dallas Mavericks vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

April 18
8:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 94, Dallas Mavericks 100
Scoring by quarter: 18–23, 27–27, 24–26, 25–24
Pts: Tim Duncan 27
Rebs: Duncan, McDyess 8 each
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 36
Rebs: Erick Dampier 12
Asts: Jason Kidd 11
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,372
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Michael Smith, Bill Kennedy
April 21
9:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 102, Dallas Mavericks 88
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 34–26, 24–26, 20–16
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Pts: Jason Terry 27
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,728
Referees: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Mike Callahan
April 23
9:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 90, San Antonio Spurs 94
Scoring by quarter: 16–23, 28–24, 26–19, 20–28
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 35
Rebs: Kidd, Nowitzki 7 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 6
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Dan Crawford, Rodney Mott
April 25
7:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 89, San Antonio Spurs 92
Scoring by quarter: 17–20, 31–17, 11–29, 30–26
Pts: Butler, Nowitzki 17 each
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 5
Pts: George Hill 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Scott Foster
April 27
9:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 81, Dallas Mavericks 103
Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 25–26, 18–29, 17–21
Pts: Tony Parker 18
Rebs: DeJuan Blair 8
Asts: Tony Parker 6
Pts: Caron Butler 35
Rebs: Caron Butler 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 7
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,728
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Pat Fraher, Greg Willard
April 29
8:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 87, San Antonio Spurs 97
Scoring by quarter: 8–22, 26–25, 29–23, 24–27
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 33
Rebs: Jason Kidd 8
Asts: Jason Kidd 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Tony Parker 8
San Antonio wins series, 4–2
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Bill Spooner, Tom Washington

The Mavs won 55 games and the Southwest Division title, but for the 3rd time in four years, they failed to escape the first round. The 2007 Mavericks were defeated by the Golden State Warriors as a No. 1 seed, and the 2008 Mavericks lost in the 1st round to the New Orleans Hornets. The Mavs took Game 1 in Dallas, but would go on to drop the next three games (including two in San Antonio) to wind up trailing 3 to 1. Dallas won Game 5 to keep their season alive, but the Spurs managed to finish them off with a 10-point win in Game 6.

Regular-season series

The Dallas Mavericks lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 11, 2009
Dallas Mavericks 83, San Antonio Spurs 92
November 18, 2009
San Antonio Spurs 94, Dallas Mavericks 99
January 8, 2010
Dallas Mavericks 112, San Antonio Spurs 103
April 14, 2010
San Antonio Spurs 89, Dallas Mavericks 96

Last Playoff Meeting: 2009 Western Conference First Round (Dallas won 4-1)

(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers

April 18
10:30 pm
Portland Trail Blazers 105, Phoenix Suns 100
Scoring by quarter: 25–24, 19–19, 26–29, 35–28
Pts: Andre Miller 31
Rebs: Marcus Camby 17
Asts: Andre Miller 8
Pts: Steve Nash 25
Rebs: Jason Richardson 10
Asts: Steve Nash 9
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Scott Foster, James Capers, Derrick Stafford
April 20
10:00 pm
Portland Trail Blazers 90, Phoenix Suns 119
Scoring by quarter: 26–32, 23–31, 19–31, 22–25
Pts: Martell Webster 16
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 3
Pts: Jason Richardson 29
Rebs: Grant Hill 8
Asts: Steve Nash 16
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18.422
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tom Washington, Greg Willard
April 22
10:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 108, Portland Trail Blazers 89
Scoring by quarter: 34–16, 32–21, 15–23, 27–29
Pts: Jason Richardson 42
Rebs: Jason Richardson 8
Asts: Steve Nash 10
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 17
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 9
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,271
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Pat Fraher, Bill Kennedy
April 24
4:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 87, Portland Trail Blazers 96
Scoring by quarter: 27–26, 23–28, 22–20, 15–22
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 26
Rebs: Grant Hill 12
Asts: Steve Nash 8
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 31
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 11
Asts: Andre Miller 8
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,151
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson
April 26
10:30 pm
Portland Trail Blazers 88, Phoenix Suns 107
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 19–30, 19–27, 22–23
Pts: Andre Miller 21
Rebs: Marcus Camby 11
Asts: Marcus Camby 5
Pts: Channing Frye 20
Rebs: Frye, Richardson 8 each
Asts: Steve Nash 10
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Joe Crawford, Jason Phillips, Bill Spooner
April 29
10:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 99, Portland Trail Blazers 90
Scoring by quarter: 24–17, 29–24, 21–24, 25–25
Pts: Jason Richardson 28
Rebs: Grant Hill 12
Asts: Steve Nash 6
Pts: Martell Webster 19
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 9
Asts: Jerryd Bayless 7
Phoenix wins series, 4–2
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,313
Referees: Sean Corbin, Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford
Regular-season series

The Portland Trail Blazers lead games 2–1 in the regular-season series:

December 17, 2009
Phoenix Suns 102, Portland Trail Blazers 105
February 10, 2010
Portland Trail Blazers 108, Phoenix Suns 101
March 21, 2010
Portland Trail Blazers 87, Phoenix Suns 93

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 3-0)

(4) Denver Nuggets vs. (5) Utah Jazz

April 17
10:30 pm
Utah Jazz 113, Denver Nuggets 126
Scoring by quarter: 28–30, 28–27, 30–31, 27–38
Pts: Deron Williams 26
Rebs: Paul Millsap 10
Asts: Deron Williams 11
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 42
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Zach Zarba
April 19
10:30 pm
Utah Jazz 114, Denver Nuggets 111
Scoring by quarter: 33–30, 30–21, 25–31, 26–29
Pts: Deron Williams 33
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 14
Asts: Deron Williams 14
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 32
Rebs: Anthony, Nenê, Smith 6 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 11
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bill Spooner, Leon Wood
April 23
10:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 93, Utah Jazz 105
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 21–31, 20–32, 25–21
Pts: Anthony, Billups 25 each
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 13
Asts: Billups, Carter 3 each
Pts: Deron Williams 24
Rebs: Paul Millsap 19
Asts: Deron Williams 10
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: David Jones, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster
April 25
9:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 106, Utah Jazz 117
Scoring by quarter: 25–31, 20–23, 23–32, 38–31
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 39
Rebs: Anthony, Nenê 11 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 4
Pts: Carlos Boozer 31
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 13
Asts: Deron Williams 13
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Pat Fraher
April 28
10:30 pm
Utah Jazz 102, Denver Nuggets 116
Scoring by quarter: 27–25, 25–25, 29–36, 21–30
Pts: Deron Williams 34
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 16
Asts: Deron Williams 10
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 26
Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 11
Asts: Billups, Nenê 4 each
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,155
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ron Garretson, Ed Malloy
April 30
10:00 pm
Denver Nuggets 104, Utah Jazz 112
Scoring by quarter: 23–32, 31–24, 26–27, 24–29
Pts: Chauncey Billups 30
Rebs: Carmelo Anthony 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Wesley Matthews 23
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 20
Asts: Deron Williams 10
Utah wins series, 4–2
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Marc Davis, Derrick Stafford
Regular-season series

The Denver Nuggets lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

October 28, 2009
Utah Jazz 105, Denver Nuggets 114
January 2, 2010
Denver Nuggets 105, Utah Jazz 95
January 17, 2010
Utah Jazz 112, Denver Nuggets 119
February 6, 2010
Denver Nuggets 106, Utah Jazz 116

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Western Conference Semifinals (Utah won 4-3)

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Utah Jazz

May 2
3:30 pm
Utah Jazz 99, Los Angeles Lakers 104
Scoring by quarter: 23–30, 22–23, 28–28, 26–23
Pts: Deron Williams 24
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 12
Asts: Deron Williams 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 31
Rebs: Gasol, Odom 12 each
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 4 each
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, James Capers
May 4
10:30 pm
Utah Jazz 103, Los Angeles Lakers 111
Scoring by quarter: 23–27, 23–31, 31–29, 26–24
Pts: Paul Millsap 26
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 12
Asts: Deron Williams 9
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Gasol, Odom 15 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Sean Corbin
May 8
8:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Utah Jazz 110
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 33–32, 32–26, 29–30
Pts: Kobe Bryant 35
Rebs: Pau Gasol 17
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
Pts: Deron Williams 28
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 14
Asts: Deron Williams 9
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Joe Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Greg Willard
May 10
10:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Utah Jazz 96
Scoring by quarter: 29–24, 29–17, 22–26, 31–29
Pts: Pau Gasol 33
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Millsap, Williams 21 each
Rebs: Carlos Boozer 14
Asts: Deron Williams 9
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–0
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City
Attendance: 19,911
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Tom Washington
Regular-season series

The Los Angeles Lakers lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

December 9, 2009
Utah Jazz 77, Los Angeles Lakers 101
December 12, 2009
Los Angeles Lakers 94, Utah Jazz 102
February 10, 2010
Los Angeles Lakers 96, Utah Jazz 81
April 2, 2010
Utah Jazz 92, Los Angeles Lakers 106

Last Playoff Meeting: 2009 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 4-1)

(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

May 3
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 102, Phoenix Suns 111
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 25–26, 28–28, 27–26
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 5
Pts: Steve Nash 33
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 13
Asts: Steve Nash 10
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Ken Mauer, Michael Smith
May 5
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 102, Phoenix Suns 110
Scoring by quarter: 30–21, 21–30, 25–27, 26–32
Pts: Tim Duncan 29
Rebs: Duncan, Jefferson 10 each
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 11
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 23
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Steve Nash 6
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford
May 7
9:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 110, San Antonio Spurs 96
Scoring by quarter: 19–28, 25–22, 27–22, 39–24
Pts: Goran Dragić 26
Rebs: Nash, Stoudemire 8 each
Asts: Steve Nash 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Ginóbili, Parker 5 each
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Scott Foster, James Capers, Bill Kennedy
May 9
8:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 107, San Antonio Spurs 101
Scoring by quarter: 19–25, 31–22, 22–24, 35–30
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 29
Rebs: Jason Richardson 8
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Pts: Tony Parker 22
Rebs: Duncan, Jefferson 8 each
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 9
Phoenix wins series, 4–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bob Delaney, Jason Phillips
Regular-season series

The Phoenix Suns lead games 2–1 in the regular-season series:

December 15, 2009
San Antonio Spurs 104, Phoenix Suns 116
February 28, 2010
Phoenix Suns 110, San Antonio Spurs 113
April 7, 2010
San Antonio Spurs 101, Phoenix Suns 112

Last Playoff Meeting: 2008 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 4-1)

Conference Finals: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Phoenix Suns

May 17
9:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 107, Los Angeles Lakers 128
Scoring by quarter: 26–35, 29–27, 24–31, 28–35
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 23
Rebs: Amundson, Lopez, Richardson 6 each
Asts: Steve Nash 13
Pts: Kobe Bryant 40
Rebs: Lamar Odom 19
Asts: Artest, Bryant, Farmar, Gasol 5 each
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Greg Willard
May 19
9:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 112, Los Angeles Lakers 124
Scoring by quarter: 24–36, 32–29, 34–25, 22–34
Pts: Jason Richardson 27
Rebs: Lopez, Stoudemire 6 each
Asts: Steve Nash 15
Pts: Pau Gasol 29
Rebs: Lamar Odom 11
Asts: Kobe Bryant 13
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Ed Malloy
May 23
8:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 109, Phoenix Suns 118
Scoring by quarter: 32–29, 15–25, 37–32, 25–32
Pts: Kobe Bryant 36
Rebs: Bryant, Gasol 9 each
Asts: Kobe Bryant 11
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 42
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Steve Nash 15
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
May 25
9:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 106, Phoenix Suns 115
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 32–41, 29–21, 22–30
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Lamar Odom 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 10
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 21
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 8
Asts: Dragić, Nash 8 each
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Ken Mauer
May 27
9:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 101, Los Angeles Lakers 103
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 24–29, 27–25, 29–25
Pts: Steve Nash 29
Rebs: Channing Frye 10
Asts: Steve Nash 11
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Lamar Odom 13
Asts: Kobe Bryant 9
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Bob Delaney
May 29
8:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Phoenix Suns 103
Scoring by quarter: 37–34, 28–19, 26–21, 20–29
Pts: Kobe Bryant 37
Rebs: Lamar Odom 12
Asts: Jordan Farmar 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 27
Rebs: Channing Frye 13
Asts: Steve Nash 9
L.A. Lakers win series, 4–2
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard

The Lakers put their home-court advantage to good use by winning the first two games at home. The Suns struck back to tie the series by taking Games 3 & 4 in Phoenix, but after a heart-breaking loss in Game 5 in which Ron Artest hit the game-winner at the buzzer, the Suns found themselves trailing 3-2. Los Angeles held off a late Suns rally to steal Game 6 in Phoenix, as Kobe Bryant poured in 37 points, including a long jump shot in the final minute that put the game out of reach.

Regular-season series

The Los Angeles Lakers lead games 3–1 in the regular-season series:

November 12, 2009
Phoenix Suns 102, Los Angeles Lakers 121
December 6, 2009
Phoenix Suns 88, Los Angeles Lakers 108
December 28, 2009
Los Angeles Lakers 103, Phoenix Suns 118
March 12, 2010
Los Angeles Lakers 102, Phoenix Suns 96

Last Playoff Meeting: 2007 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 4-1)

NBA Finals: (W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E4) Boston Celtics

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)
June 3
9:00 p.m.
Boston Celtics 89, Los Angeles Lakers 102
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 20–24, 23–34, 25–18
Pts: Paul Pierce 24
Rebs: Paul Pierce 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
Pts: Kobe Bryant 30
Rebs: Pau Gasol 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Derrick Stafford
June 6
8:00 p.m.
Boston Celtics 103, Los Angeles Lakers 94
Scoring by quarter: 29–22, 25–26, 18–24, 31–22
Pts: Ray Allen 32
Rebs: Rajon Rondo 12
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Pts: Pau Gasol 25
Rebs: Pau Gasol 8
Asts: Kobe Bryant 6
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer
June 8
9:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Boston Celtics 84
Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 26–23, 15–21, 24–23
Pts: Kobe Bryant 29
Rebs: Bynum, Gasol 10 each
Asts: Bryant, Gasol 4 each
Pts: Kevin Garnett 25
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 11
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Bennett Salvatore
June 10
9:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers 89, Boston Celtics 96
Scoring by quarter: 16–19, 29–23, 17–18, 27–36
Pts: Kobe Bryant 33
Rebs: Artest, Odom 7 each
Asts: Artest, Gasol 3 each
Pts: Paul Pierce 19
Rebs: Kendrick Perkins 7
Asts: Paul Pierce 5
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard
June 13
8:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers 86, Boston Celtics 92
Scoring by quarter: 20–22, 19–23, 26–28, 21–19
Pts: Kobe Bryant 38
Rebs: Pau Gasol 12
Asts: Kobe Bryant 4
Pts: Paul Pierce 27
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 8
TD Garden, Boston
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Derrick Stafford
June 15
9:00 p.m.
Boston Celtics 67, Los Angeles Lakers 89
Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 13–23, 20–25, 16–13
Pts: Ray Allen 19
Rebs: Glen Davis 9
Asts: Rajon Rondo 6
Pts: Kobe Bryant 26
Rebs: Pau Gasol 13
Asts: Pau Gasol 9
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer
June 17
9:00 p.m.
Boston Celtics 79, Los Angeles Lakers 83
Scoring by quarter: 23–14, 17–20, 17–19, 22–30
Pts: Paul Pierce 18
Rebs: Paul Pierce 10
Asts: Rajon Rondo 10
Pts: Kobe Bryant 23
Rebs: Pau Gasol 18
Asts: Pau Gasol 4
L.A. Lakers wins NBA Finals series, 4–3
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Crawford, Scott Foster

Last Playoff Meeting: 2008 NBA Finals (Boston won 4-2)

Statistic leaders

Category High Average
Player Team Total Player Team Avg. Games played
Points Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 46 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 33.2 5
Rebounds Carlos Boozer
Joakim Noah
Utah Jazz
Chicago Bulls
20
20
Carlos Boozer Utah Jazz 13.2 10
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 19 Deron Williams Utah Jazz 10.2 10
Steals John Salmons Milwaukee Bucks 6 Manu Ginóbili San Antonio Spurs 2.6 10
Blocks Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 9 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 3.5 14

References

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