1958–59 Minneapolis Lakers season

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1958–59 Minneapolis Lakers season
Head coachJohn Kundla
ArenaMinneapolis Auditorium
Results
Record33–39 (.458)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Celtics 0-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1958–59 Minneapolis Lakers season was the 11th season for the franchise in the NBA.[1]

The Lakers would make it to the NBA Finals, only to be swept by the Boston Celtics in four games.

Preseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
6 40 Alvin Inniss Center  United States St. Francis (NY)

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 49 23 .681 28–3 14–15 7–5 27–9
x-Minneapolis Lakers 33 39 .458 16 15–7 9–17 9–15 18–18
x-Detroit Pistons 28 44 .389 21 13–17 8–20 7–7 17–19
Cincinnati Royals 19 53 .264 30 9–19 2–25 8–9 10–26
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1958-59 NBA Records
Team BOS CIN DET MIN NYK PHI STL SYR
Boston 8–1 8–1 9–0 7–5 9–3 4–5 7–5
Cincinnati 1–8 3–9 6–6 3–6 2–7 1–11 3–6
Detroit 1–8 9–3 4–8 3–6 5–4 4–8 2–7
Minneapolis 0–9 6–6 8–4 4–5 6–3 4–8 5–4
New York 5–7 6–3 6–3 5–4 5–7 4–5 9–3
Philadelphia 3–9 7–2 4–5 3–6 7–5 4–5 4–8
St. Louis 5–4 11–1 8–4 8–4 5–4 5–4 7–2
Syracuse 5–7 6–3 7–2 4–5 3–9 8–4 2–7

Playoffs[edit]

1959 playoff game log
Division Semifinals: 2–1 (Home: 2–0; Road: 0–1)
Game Date Team Score High points Location Series
1 March 14 Detroit W 92–89 Larry Foust (17) Minneapolis Auditorium 1–0
2 March 15 @ Detroit L 103–117 Elgin Baylor (26) Detroit Olympia 1–1
3 March 18 Detroit W 129–102 Elgin Baylor (30) Minneapolis Auditorium 2–1
Division Finals: 4–2 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–2)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds Location
Attendance
Series
1 March 21 @ St. Louis L 90–124 Elgin Baylor (21) Kiel Auditorium 0–1
2 March 22 St. Louis W 106–98 Elgin Baylor (33) Elgin Baylor (15) Minneapolis Auditorium 1–1
3 March 24 @ St. Louis L 97–127 Baylor, Fleming (15) Elgin Baylor (8) Kiel Auditorium
9,324
1–2
4 March 26 St. Louis W 108–98 Elgin Baylor (32) Minneapolis Auditorium 2–2
5 March 28 @ St. Louis W 98–97 (OT) Elgin Baylor (36) Kiel Auditorium 3–2
6 March 29 St. Louis W 106–104 Elgin Baylor (33) Boo Ellis (15) Minneapolis Auditorium
10,179
4–2
NBA Finals: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds Location
Attendance
Series
1 April 4 @ Boston L 115–118 Elgin Baylor (34) Larry Foust (19) Boston Garden
8,195
0–1
2 April 5 @ Boston L 108–128 Vern Mikkelsen (24) Steve Hamilton (13) Boston Garden
11,082
0–2
3 April 7 Boston L 110–123 Larry Foust (26) Larry Foust (22) St. Paul Auditorium
11,272
0–3
4 April 9 Boston L 113–118 Elgin Baylor (30) Elgin Baylor (14) Minneapolis Auditorium
8,124
0–4
1959 schedule

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]