1989–90 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1989–90 Los Angeles Lakers season
Pacific Division Champions
Head coach Pat Riley
Arena Great Western Forum
Results
Record 63–19 (.768)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish West Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1989–90 NBA season was the Lakers' 42nd season in the NBA and 30th in the city of Los Angeles.[1] Despite finishing the regular season with a league-best 63–19 record, the Lakers were upset in the Western Conference Semifinals by the Phoenix Suns.[2] It was the first time the Lakers did not reach the Western Conference Finals since 1981, ending the longest run of consecutive NBA Conference Finals appearances since Bill Russell's Boston Celtics in 1969.

Magic Johnson won the league's MVP trophy—his third in four years—in a controversial voting over Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson received fewer first-place votes (27 of the 92 cast) than Barkley (38), but totaled 636 points in the ballot compared to Barkley's 614.[3]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1989 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Vlade Divac C  Serbia

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768 37–4 26–15 22–6
x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4 35–6 24–17 20–8
x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9 32–9 22–19 20–8
Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22 30–11 11–30 11–17
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26 27–14 10–31 11–17
Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33 20–21 10–31 7–21
Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40 16–25 7–34 7–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768
2 y- San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 7
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4
4 x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 20
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 22
9 Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
10 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26
11 Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33
12 Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 41
14 Charlotte Hornets 19 63 .232 44
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 101, Houston 89
  • Game 2 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 104, Houston 100
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 1): Houston 114, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 3): Los Angeles 109, Houston 88

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference Finals (Houston won 4–1)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns: Suns win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4–0)

Player statistics[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

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]