2004-2005

Spurs Outlast Pistons For Third Title

Detroit had won 10 straight post-season games with a chance to eliminate its opponent, but that string came to an end as San Antonio prevailed in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to win its third championship in seven years.  The Spurs looked like they were going to roll to another title after winning the first two games at home in convincing fashion.  But Detroit responded with two blowout wins in Games 3 and 4 setting the stage for the last three games, which all went down to the wire.  Tim Duncan won his third MVP of the Finals despite struggling in Games 5 and 6.  The big man responded with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the Spurs’ 81-74 win in Game 7.  In winning the title, San Antonio showed they deserved the top Dunkel rating during the regular season (120.9) and improved that mark 3.4 points by defeating Denver, Seattle, Phoenix and Detroit along the way.  Detroit once again made a strong move in the playoffs, jumping four spaces to No. 2 with series wins over Philadelphia, Indiana and Miami.  Here are the final NBA rankings for the 2004-05 season.

TEAMS RATING SEASON
RECORD
PLAYOFF
RECORD
DIVISION
1 San Antonio 124.3 59-23 16-7 Southwest
2 Detroit 124.0 54-28 15-10 Central
3 Phoenix 122.0 62-20 9-6 Pacific
4 Miami 120.4 59-23 11-4 Southeast
5 Dallas 119.0 58-24 6-7 Southwest
6 Seattle 118.0 52-30 6-5 Northwest
7 Houston 117.9 51-31 3-4 Southwest
8 Denver 115.9 49-33 1-4 Northwest
9 Indiana 115.7 44-38 6-7 Central
10 Minnesota 115.3 44-38 Northwest
11 Sacramento 114.5 50-32 1-4 Pacific
12 Memphis 114.5 45-37 0-4 Southwest
13 Washington 114.1 45-37 4-6 Southeast
14 Boston 113.9 45-37 3-4 Atlantic
15 Golden State 113.7 34-48 Pacific
16 Cleveland 113.3 42-40 Central
17 Chicago 113.1 47-35 2-4 Central
18 Philadelphia 112.5 43-39 1-4 Atlantic
19 New York 112.3 33-49 Atlantic
20 L.A. Clippers 112.3 37-45 Pacific
21 Toronto 112.2 33-49 Atlantic
22 New Jersey 111.7 42-40 0-4 Atlantic
22 L.A. Lakers 111.5 34-48 Pacific
24 Milwaukee 111.2 30-52 Central
25 Orlando 111.0 36-46 Southeast
26 Portland 110.4 27-55 Northwest
27 Utah 110.3 26-56 Northwest
28 New Orleans 109.0 18-64 Southwest
29 Charlotte 107.3 18-64 Southeast
30 Atlanta 104.1 13-69 Southeast