Round: Eastern Conference Finals
Dates: May 17-May 31
Winner: Bulls, 4 games to 3
Despite their own personal rivalry, Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller had never met in the playoffs before 1998. Jordan was on his way to yet another threepeat, but would have to endure perhaps the most grueling series of that title run against Indiana. Chicago took the series' first two, before Indiana responded in turn, highlighted by Reggie Miller's controversial winning shot in Game 4 to knot it at 2-2. Both teams would hold court again, pushing things to a deciding Game 7. The Pacers matched Chicago's effort, but Jordan's and Pippen's will proved too strong.