1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers season
Tenth NBA Championship
Head coach Pat Riley
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena The Forum
Results
Record 65–17 (.793)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Prime Ticket, KHJ
Radio AM 570 KLAC
< 1985–86 1987–88 >

The highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers season was winning their tenth NBA title over the defending champions, Boston Celtics.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
1 23 Ken Barlow  United States Notre Dame
3 69 Andre Turner  United States Memphis State

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Mychal Thompson Mike Smrek
PF A. C. Green Kurt Rambis
SF James Worthy Billy Thompson Adrian Branch
SG Byron Scott Michael Cooper
PG Magic Johnson Wes Matthews

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793 37–4 28–13 24–6
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 16 34–7 15–26 17–13
x-Golden State Warriors 42 40 .512 23 25–16 17–24 17–13
x-Seattle SuperSonics 39 43 .476 26 25–16 14–27 15–15
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 29 26–15 10–31 14–16
Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 53 9–32 3–38 3–27


Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets: Lakers win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 128, Denver 95
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 139, Denver 127
  • Game 3 @ Denver: Los Angeles 140, Denver 103

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Golden State Warriors: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 125, Golden State 116
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 116, Golden State 101
  • Game 3 @ Golden State: Los Angeles 133, Golden State 108
  • Game 4 @ Golden State: Golden State 129, Los Angeles 121
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 118, Golden State 106

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics: Lakers win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 92, Seattle 87
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 112, Seattle 104
  • Game 3 @ Seattle: Los Angeles 122, Seattle 121
  • Game 4 @ Seattle: Los Angeles 133, Seattle 102

NBA finals[edit]

Main article: 1987 NBA Finals

The Celtics remained competitive in 1986–87, going 59–23 and again winning the Eastern Conference Championship. Unfortunately, in the Finals the great 1986 Celtics were overpowered by the best team in NBA history. The Lakers at home dominated the great Celtics team, in Boston the games were much more competitive. Eventually, the Celtics would lose 4 games to 2.

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics Lakers win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 126, Boston 113
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 141, Boston 122
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 109, Los Angeles 103
  • Game 4 @ Boston: Los Angeles 107, Boston 106
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 123, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 106, Boston 93

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; MPG= Minutes per Game; REB = Rebounds; AST = Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; PPG = Points per Game

Season[edit]

Player GP MPG REB AST STL BLK PTS PPG
Magic Johnson 80 36.3 504 977 138 36 1909 23.9
James Worthy 82 34.4 466 226 108 83 1594 19.4
Byron Scott 82 33.3 286 281 125 18 1397 17.0
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 78 31.3 523 203 49 97 1366 17.5
Michael Cooper 82 27.5 254 373 78 43 859 10.5
A.C. Green 79 28.4 615 84 70 80 852 10.8
Kurt Rambis 78 19.4 453 63 74 41 446 5.7
Mychal Thompson 33 20.6 136 28 14 30 333 10.1
Billy Thompson 59 12.9 171 60 15 30 332 5.6
Wes Matthews 50 10.6 47 100 23 4 208 4.2
Frank Brickowski 37 10.9 97 12 14 4 146 3.9
Adrian Branch 32 6.8 53 16 16 3 138 4.3
Mike Smrek 35 6.7 37 5 4 13 76 2.2

Playoffs[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]