Pistons' playoff history

Originally Published: May 5, 2004

SERIES BY SERIES BREAKDOWN
2003-04
Defeated Milwaukee, 4-1, first round
2002-03
Defeated Orlando, 4-3, first round
Defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, conference semifinals
Lost to New Jersey, 4-0, conference finals
2001-02
Defeated Toronto, 3-2, first round
Lost to Boston, 4-1, conference semifinals
1999-00
Lost to Miami, 3-0, first round
1998-99
Lost to Atlanta, 3-2, first round
1996-97
Lost to Atlanta, 3-2, first round
1995-96
Lost to Orlando, 3-0, first round
1991-92
Lost to New York, 3-2, first round
1990-91
Defeated Atlanta, 3-2, first round
Defeated Boston, 4-2, conference semifinals
Lost to Chicago, 4-0, conference finals
1989-90
Defeated Indiana, 3-0, first round
Defeated New York, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Chicago, 4-3, conference finals
Defeated Portland, 4-1, NBA Finals
1988-89
Defeated Boston, 3-0, first round
Defeated Milwaukee, 4-0, conference semifinals
Defeated Chicago, 4-2, conference finals
Defeated L.A. Lakers, 4-0, NBA Finals
1987-88
Defeated Washington, 3-2, first round
Defeated Chicago, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Boston, 4-2, conference finals
Lost to L.A. Lakers, 4-3, NBA Finals
1986-87
Defeated Washington, 3-0, first round
Defeated Atlanta, 4-1, conference semifinals
Lost to Boston, 4-3, conference finals
1985-86
Lost to Atlanta, 3-1, first round
1984-85
Defeated New Jersey, 3-0, first round
Lost to Boston, 4-2, conference semifinals
1983-84
Lost to New York, 3-2, first round
1976-77
Lost to Golden State, 2-1, first round
1975-76
Defeated Milwaukee, 2-1, first round
Lost to Golden State, 4-2, conference semifinals
1974-75
Lost to Seattle, 2-1, first round
1973-74
Lost to Chicago, 4-3, conference semifinals
1967-68
Lost to Boston, 4-2, division semifinals
1962-63
Lost to St. Louis, 3-1, division semifinals
1961-62
Defeated Cincinnati, 3-1, division semifinals
Lost to L.A. Lakers, 4-2, division finals
1960-61
Lost to L.A. Lakers, 3-2, division semifinals
1959-60
Lost to Minneapolis, 2-0, division semifinals
1958-59
Lost to Minneapolis, 2-1, division semifinals
1957-58
Defeated Cincinnati, 2-0, division semifinals
Lost to St. Louis, 4-1, division finals
1956-57
Lost to St. Louis, division tiebreaker
Lost to Minneapolis, 2-0, division semifinals
1955-56
Defeated St. Louis, 3-2, division finals
Lost to Philadelphia, 4-1, NBA Finals
1954-55
Defeated Minneapolis, 3-1, division finals
Lost to Syracuse, 4-3, NBA Finals
1953-54
Lost to Rochester and Minneapolis, 4-0, round-robin
1952-53
Defeated Rochester, 2-1, division semifinals
Lost to Minneapolis, 3-2, division finals
1951-52
Lost to Rochester, 2-0, division semifinals
1950-51
Lost to Rochester, 2-1, division semifinals
1949-50
Defeated Chicago, third-place tiebreaker
Defeated Rochester, 2-0, division semifinals
Lost to Minneapolis, 2-0, division final
Note: Fort Wayne Pistons in playoff seasons from 1949-50 to 1956-57