1961–62 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1961–62 Los Angeles Lakers season
Division Champions
Head coach Fred Schaus
Arena Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Results
Record 54–26 (.675)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KHJ-TV
Radio KHJ
< 1960–61 1962–63 >

The 1961-62 NBA season was the Lakers' 14th season in the NBA and second season in Los Angeles.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Los Angeles Lakers 54 26 .675 26–5 18–13 10–8 33–13
x-Cincinnati Royals 43 37 .538 11 18–13 14–16 11–8 29–17
x-Detroit Pistons 37 43 .463 17 16–14 8–17 13–12 24–22
St. Louis Hawks 29 51 .363 25 19–16 7–27 3–8 16–30
Chicago Packers 18 62 .225 36 15-23 3-39 0–0 10–30
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1961-62 NBA Records
Team BOS CHI CIN DET LAL NYK PHI STL SYR
Boston 9–1 7–1 5–3 6–3 8–4 8–4 7–2 10–2
Chicago 1–9 1–9 3–7 2–8 6–4 0–10 4–6 1–9
Cincinnati 1–7 9–1 6–6 5–7 5–4 3–5 9–3 5–4
Detroit 3–5 7–3 6–6 4–8 5–4 1–7 7–5 4–5
Los Angeles 3–6 8–2 7–5 8–4 6–2 6–3 10–2 6–2
New York 4–8 4–6 4–5 4–5 2–6 4–8 4–4 3–9
Philadelphia 4–8 10–0 5–3 7–1 3–6 8–4 6–3 6–6
St. Louis 2–7 6–4 3–9 5–7 2–10 4–4 3–6 4–4
Syracuse 2–10 9–1 4–5 5–4 2–6 9–3 6–6 4–4

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

The Lakers had a division semifinal bye.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 132, Detroit 108
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 127, Detroit 112
  • Game 3 @ Detroit: Los Angeles 111, Detroit 106
  • Game 4 @ Detroit: Detroit 118, Los Angeles 117
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Detroit 132, Los Angeles 125
  • Game 6 @ Detroit: Los Angeles 123, Detroit 117

Last Playoffs meeting: 1961 Western Division Semifinals (Los Angeles won 3–2).

NBA Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (1) Los Angeles Lakers: Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 122, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Los Angeles 105, Boston 103
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 117, Boston 115
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Boston 115, Los Angeles 103
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Los Angeles 126, Boston 121
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Boston 119, Los Angeles 105
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 110, Los Angeles 107 (OT)

Last Playoffs meeting: 1959 NBA Finals (Boston won 4–0; Lakers were in Minneapolis at the time).

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]