Shaq's Top 10 Plays 2001 NBA Finals. © 2021 WWB Holdings, LLC. League leaders for the 2001-02 NBA season. Looking back, this may have been the biggest difference between Game 1 and the rest of the series. Thanks for taking the journey with me. Lakers vs 76ers, 4-1 - 2001 NBA Finals Team and players stats from the NBA Finals series played between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 Playoffs. Absolutely. The series wasn't close, as the Lakers swept the Trail Blazers by double digits in all three games. Do I have a soft spot in my heart for Iverson because he was one of the people who inspired my love for basketball? Site Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 4:16AM Question, Comment, Feedback, … The Lakers won the series 4 games to 1 Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers Box Score, June 6, 2001. The 76ers turned the game around and even went up by 15 points during the third quarter before the Lakers started a comeback. Philadelphia coming through with Game 7 wins in back-to-back series was great theater, and added to the myth of Iverson's 2001 season. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 108-96 in Game 5 of NBA Finals 2001, completing the most dominating playoff run in NBA history. Forget Bryant, McKie could not consistently stay in front of Rick Fox in the final game of the series, who forced McKie into several cheap personal fouls on drives after beating him with minimal effort. Once the series got real, the Sixers slowly but surely lost that mental toughness, and it was a major part of their undoing. Take a trip down memory lane and relive the powerful moves from Shaquille O'Neal in the Lakers' journey to the 2001 NBA championship. NBA MVP 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 only loss of the playoffs. • Early on in this game, there was a glimpse of the difference between an elite team with championship pedigree and experience and an elite team for one season just finding themselves on a big stage. The 2001 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2000-01 season.The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1. Collins departed NBC following the series to serve as head coach of the Washington Wizards. His work protecting the rim against Kobe Bryant and Co. in Game 1 was the exception to this rule, but as the series wore on Mutombo wasn't even making real attempts to make weakside recoveries, knowing that would mean leaving O'Neal for an open dunk on a pass or an easier offensive rebound. Despite their points, the 76ers kept a close lead as Larry Brown ran over 10 plays searching for the right quartet, and the fact that all the Lakers besides Bryant and O'Neal were shooting only at 27%. 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. Afterwards, Kobe Bryant ball quoted as saying he was coming to Philadelphia to cut their hearts out. 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. As the underdog, these are the sort of moments and mistakes you simply can't afford to make. Take nothing away from the season and the guys who got them there, but the journey proved too costly in the end. One of the most memorable moments of the 2001 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers was Allen Iverson stepping … Shaquille O'Neal was a major factor in the comeback, scoring 18 points in the quarter. Duncan was named the NBA Finals MVP. The total difference in the four losses was just 40 points. The Lakers dominated for the first half of the overtime, scoring 5 points, Raja Bell then hit a tough layup to answer followed by Allen Iverson scoring 7 straight points, including a three pointer to give them the lead followed by and step back 2-pointer over Tyronn Lue which is famously known as he stepped over Lue after hitting the shot. ... 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010. 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. Scoring 16 straight points, the Lakers took a 21–9 lead over the Allen Iverson-led 76ers. • I simply don't believe there's a version of this series the Sixers could have won with Aaron McKie playing this poorly. The Sixers would win only 43 games in the 2001-02 NBA season, as injuries were the story of their season. Before the game, Lakers coach Phil Jackson had growled at O'Neal, "Don't be afraid to block a shot!" Philadelphia police officer accused of sexually assaulting a minor, New drug stops COVID-19 from spreading in nursing homes, drug maker says, 'The Shape of Water,' 'Keeping up with the Kardashians,' coming to Hulu this February, Sixers intend to sign Rayjon Tucker to a two-way contract. If the Sixers won Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2001, owner Pat Croce planned to climb down from a helicopter and hang a team banner over the H in the city’s famous HOLLYWOOD sign. 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. On the road with nothing to lose and everyone expecting them to get blown off of the floor, Philadelphia's poise was apparent. See more ideas about 2001 nba finals, Nba finals, Nba. Audio languages. The playmaking McKie had used to boost the second unit was on display in very short bursts in this Friday night defeat, but this was a nightmare series for him. If there was anybody in the league who didn't need help, it was this guy at the peak of his powers, and he got plenty in this series. The Lakers’ stunning defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons in 2004 Finals seemed to mark the beginning of the end.… The Celtics themselves came within two games of returning to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987, but were ousted by the upstart Nets, who made the NBA Finals for the first time, denying a possible Celtics-Lakers final. This Sixers team had absolutely nothing going on offense except for this little guy, and he found ways to score anyway, hoisting jumper after jumper and taking punishment in the paint as many times as it took to get the job done. 2001 NBA Eastern Conferenece Finals Game 5 Part 4 - YouTube Closed out on their home floor, the Sixers lost 108-96 and watched their dream season come to an end. 1. 2001 NBA Finals Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers (6/10/2001) March 31, 2020. He was one man trying to push this large, unremarkable boulder up a steep hill, and he managed to push that rock within view of the summit. The team got off to a division-leading 26–13 start, and were 10 games over .500 as late as March 6. Los Angeles punished Philadelphia with their three-point shooting, which was the key to this series. But Ratliff had the foot speed and willingness to make those recovery plays, the legs to run and score in transition, get up for lobs in the halfcourt, and additional offensive options to help out Iverson in times of need. The Lakers won the series 4 games to 1. 2001–02 is one of the most memorable seasons in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks. after O'Neal failed to block a shot in Game 1.. The Sixers ran out of gas by the time Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals rolled around, and you could afford nothing less than your best against the dominant Lakers team of that era. TV-G. Subtitles. • I will continue to stress this in spite of O'Neal's comical numbers from this series: Dikembe Mutombo's effort guarding the Finals MVP is a lot better than I remembered. The club lost a few players to free agency, but they signed veteran players like Isaiah Rider and Horace Grant. The Lakers then took Game 2. Even though the 76ers were within 3 points of the Lakers, the 6 of 16 foul shooting in the fourth quarter put them behind permanently. On June 17, 2008, in the series-ending Game 6 of the NBA Finals , Allen tied an NBA Finals record with seven three-pointers in the Celtics' 131–92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers . That seems to be a pretty obvious thing that the officials were not sure of throughout this series. Hell, NBC even showed a freaking montage during this game showing three different occasions where O'Neal threw his arm into Mutombo's face — one that was a no-call, one that was an offensive foul, and one that resulted in an and-one for O'Neal. Since 2001, the 76ers have not advanced beyond … Neither play offered any real value to the Sixers, and Iverson allowed those calls to get the best of him. • Salute to Tyrone Hill, who waited until everyone else on the team had run out of gas to play his first good game of the series. The Lakers played fantastically during the 4th quarter, and Tyronn Lue came off the bench and limited Allen Iverson to merely 3 points and had 3 assists and 2 steals of his own. (Via MerlinFTP Drop) Each time he hit the floor, he seemed to get up slower, and even with his body failing Iverson still came up with several individual scoring runs to try to claw back into the game. The Lakers won their third straight championship in a four-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets the following year. Ahmad Rashād served as the studio host in place of Hannah Storm, who took a maternity leave during the finals. As of the 2018–19 season[update], the series remains the 76ers’ last NBA Finals appearance. The defending NBA champion 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.. Iverson's ability to collapse the paint helped him generate trip after trip to the free-throw line, but it left him drawing dead against a big, physical defense like L.A,'s, and his best outlets were to guys who were often stationed as closely as 15 feet away. With Bryant preferring the mid-range and O'Neal wanting the ball as close to the basket as he could get it, the Lakers made sure to put players around them who could provide as much space as possible and serve as outlets when double teams eventually came. Shaq had 29 points, 13 boards, 5 blocks and about 10 elbows to the face of Dikembe Mutombo in the fifth and final game of the 2001 NBA Finals. Talk about having a sense of the moment. Absolutely. 1h 39min. 2001 NBA Finals Game 5 Dr. Jack Ramsay (L) and Brett Musburger announcers for ABC sports. CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (, "Kobe visits former school to say hi, 'smell the gym, "Phil Jackson's tenure produced the most success and fun we've ever seen", The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2001_NBA_Finals&oldid=998318447, June 2001 sports events in the United States, Pages using Template:College with unsupported name, CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown, Articles containing potentially dated statements from May 2018, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 January 2021, at 21:06. The NBA Finals 2001 became a homecoming for Kobe Bryant as the Philadelphia native helped L.A. defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in five games to win back-to-back championships. 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