1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers season
Eighth NBA Championship
Head coach Pat Riley
Arena The Forum
Results
Record 62–20 (.756)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KHJ
Radio AM 570 KLAC
< 1983–84 1985–86 >

The 1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 39th season of the franchise, 37th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 25th in Los Angeles. After the previous seasons heart-breaking game 7 road defeat to the Boston Celtics in the finals, the Lakers were able to return to their championship ways and win their eighth NBA championship.

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 23 Earl Jones Center  United States District of Columbia

[1]

Transactions[edit]

The Lakers have been involved in the following transactions during the 1984–1985 season.

Free Agent Additions[edit]

Player Former team
Chuck Nevitt Houston Rockets
Ronnie Lester Chicago Bulls

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bob McAdoo Chuck Nevitt Earl Jones
PF Kurt Rambis Mitch Kupchak
SF James Worthy Larry Spriggs Jamaal Wilkes Injured
SG Byron Scott Mike McGee
PG Magic Johnson Michael Cooper Ronnie Lester

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 28–13 26–15 18–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20 33–8 15–26 17–13
x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26 32–9 10–31 14–16
Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31 31–10 10–31 16–14
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31 27–14 10–31 13–17
Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40 25–16 5–36 12–18


Game log[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 79 79 33.3 .599 .000 .732 7.9 3.2 0.8 2.1 22.0
Magic Johnson 77 77 36.1 .561 .189 .843 6.2 12.6 1.5 0.3 18.3
James Worthy 80 76 33.7 .572 .000 .776 6.4 2.5 1.1 0.8 17.6
Byron Scott 81 65 28.5 .539 .433 .820 2.6 3.0 1.2 0.2 16.0
Bob McAdoo 66 0 19.0 .520 .000 .753 4.5 1.0 0.3 0.8 10.5
Mike McGee 76 3 15.4 .538 .361 .588 2.2 0.9 0.5 0.1 10.2
Michael Cooper 82 20 26.7 .465 .285 .865 3.1 5.2 1.1 0.6 8.6
Jamaal Wilkes 42 8 18.1 .488 .000 .773 2.2 1.0 0.5 0.1 8.3
Larry Spriggs 75 32 17.2 .548 .000 .767 3.0 1.8 0.6 0.2 6.7
Mitch Kupchak 58 3 12.3 .504 .659 3.2 0.4 0.3 0.3 5.3
Kurt Rambis 82 46 19.7 .554 .660 6.4 0.8 1.0 0.6 5.2
Ronnie Lester 32 1 8.7 .415 .000 .677 0.8 2.5 0.5 0.1 2.8
Chuck Nevitt 11 0 5.4 .294 .250 1.8 0.3 0.0 1.4 1.1
Earl Jones 2 0 3.5 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Playoffs[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 18): Los Angeles 135, Phoenix 88
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 20): Los Angeles 122, Phoenix 94
  • Game 3 @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix (April 23): Los Angeles 114, Phoenix 94

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-2)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers: Lakers win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 125, Portland 101
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 30): Los Angeles 134, Portland 118
  • Game 3 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 3): Los Angeles 130, Portland 126
  • Game 4 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 5): Portland 115, Los Angeles 107
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 7): Los Angeles 139, Portland 120

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-1)

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) Denver Nuggets: Lakers win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 11): Los Angeles 139, Denver 122
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 14): Denver 136 , Los Angeles 114
  • Game 3 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 17): Los Angeles 136, Denver 118
  • Game 4 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 19): Los Angeles 120, Denver 116
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): Los Angeles 153, Denver 109

Last Playoff Meeting: 1979 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 2-1)

NBA Finals[edit]

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Games Wins
1 2 3 4 5 6
Los Angeles Lakers 114 109 136 105 120 111 4
Boston Celtics 148 102 111 107 111 100 2

Lakers Roster[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]