1998–99 NBA season marked the National Basketball Association's 53rd season . Due to a , the lockout regular season began on February 5, 1999 , because only then could an agreement between the NBA and the NBPA players' association be reached. A total of 29 teams took part in the regular season. Each team played 50 games. The eight best in each conference qualified for the NBA playoffs . On June 25 , the season ended with the NBA Finals.
San Antonio Spurs defeated the New York Knicks 4-1 in the NBA Finals and became NBA champions for the first time in club history.
lockout , the NBA and the players' association only reached an agreement on a new collective agreement on January 18 , so that the regular season didn't start until February 1999 and was shortened to 50 games for each team. An
all-star game could not be held this season. Due to the
lockout , not only was the regular season shortened to 50 games. The preseason was also shorter than usual. There were only two instead of eight preparation games for the NBA teams. This season was the
rookie year of the German Dirk Nowitzki . In 47 games, of which he was 24 in the starting lineup of the Dallas Mavericks , he scored an average of 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds .
Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz was named Most Valuable Player , the best player in the league. The "Twin Towers" of the
San Antonio Spurs , center David Robinson and power forward Tim Duncan , led the team from Texas to a 37:13 record, the best in the Western Conference ; and finally to the NBA Finals. There they met the New York Knicks , who in the east after a 27:23 season had only just made it into the play-offs as eighth place in the Conference .
S = wins, N = defeats, PCT = percentage of wins, P = deficit on division leaders
The placements in the seed lists of the respective conference playoffs are listed in brackets.
Leading the player stats
play-off round was played in the best-of-five format. All other rounds were best-of-seven series.
NBA Finals 1999
June 16 San Antonio
18th of June San Antonio
June 21st new York
23rd June new York
25th June new York
Spurs' Tim Duncan has been named the Finals MVP .
Steve Kerr was the first player (with the exception of Celtics members) to win four consecutive championships. The Spurs sniper won the title with the Chicago Bulls in the previous three years . The Spurs were the first former ABA team to make it to an NBA final and even win it.
The Spurs set a new final game attendance record. Game 2 was visited by a total of 39,554 fans, in game 1 there were already 39,514 spectators.
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