Pacific Division (NBA)
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Inaugural season||1970–71 season|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Los Angeles Clippers (2nd title)|
|Most titles||Los Angeles Lakers (23 titles)|
The Pacific Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. All teams, except the Suns, are based in California.
The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference. The Pacific Division began with five inaugural members, the Lakers, the Blazers, the San Diego Rockets, the San Francisco Warriors and the Seattle SuperSonics. The Lakers, the Rockets, the Warriors and the Sonics all joined from the Western Division.
The Lakers have won the most Pacific Division titles with 23. The Suns have won the second most titles with six. The Clippers have won the Pacific Division title for the first time in 2013. 14 NBA champions came from the Pacific Division. The Lakers won 11 championships, while the Warriors, the Blazers and the Sonics won one championship each. All of them, except the 1976–77 Blazers and the 2001–02 Lakers, were division champions. In the 1991–92 season, six teams from the division qualified for the playoffs. In the 1977–78 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). The most recent division champion is the Los Angeles Clippers.
|y-Los Angeles Clippers||57||25||.695||–||34–7||23–18||12–4||82|
|x-Golden State Warriors||51||31||.622||6.0||27–14||24–17||11–5||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||27||55||.329||30.0||15–27||12–28||6–10||82|
- y – Clinched division title
- x – Clinched playoff spot
|Portland Trail Blazers||Portland, Oregon||1970||—||2004||Northwest Division||Northwest Division|
|Seattle SuperSonics (1967–2008, now Oklahoma City Thunder)||Seattle, Washington||1970||Western Division||2004||Northwest Division||Northwest Division|
|Houston Rockets (1971–present)
San Diego Rockets (1967–1971)
San Diego, California
|1970||Western Division||1972||Central Division||Southwest Division|
- denotes an expansion team.
|Denotes team that currently in the division|
|Denotes team that has left the division|
|^||Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season|
Titles by team
|^||Denotes team that has left the division|
|Los Angeles Lakers||23||1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85,
1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09,
2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
|Phoenix Suns||6||1980–81, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07|
|Seattle SuperSonics^ (now Oklahoma City Thunder)||5||1978–79, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98|
|Portland Trail Blazers^||4||1977–78, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1998–99|
|Golden State Warriors||2||1974–75, 1975–76|
|Sacramento Kings||2||2001–02, 2002–03|
|Los Angeles Clippers||2||2012–13, 2013–14|
|^||Denotes team that won the NBA championships|
|+||Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals|
|*||Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs|
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
- a 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule.
- b 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.
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