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2001 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson 4
Philadelphia 76ers Larry Brown 1
Dates: June 6–15
MVP: Shaquille O'Neal
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Eastern Finals: 76ers defeated Bucks, 4–3
Western Finals: Lakers defeated Spurs, 4–0

The 2001 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2000–01 National Basketball Association season. 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.

The Lakers won the series 4 games to 1. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was named the Most Valuable Player of the the series for the second consecutive time.

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. However, the Lakers went on to win the next four games, despite being out-shot and out-rebounded 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 win the title.

2001 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion) Philadelphia 76ers (Eastern Conference Champion)
56–26 (.683)

1st Pacific, 2nd West, 2nd Overall

Regular season 56–26 (.683)

1st Atlantic, 1st East, 3rd Overall

Defeated the (7) Portland Trail Blazers, 4–0 First Round Defeated the (8) Indiana Pacers, 4–1
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

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Away Team
Game 1 June 6 Los Angeles 101–107 (OT) Philadelphia
Game 2 June 8 Los Angeles 98–89 Philadelphia
Game 3 June 10 Philadelphia 91–96 Los Angeles
Game 4 June 13 Philadelphia 86–100 Los Angeles
Game 5 June 15 Philadelphia 96–108 Los Angeles
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