1983–84 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1983–84 season for the Los Angeles Lakers saw them lose in the 1984 NBA Finals against Larry Bird's Boston Celtics in seven well-fought games. The Lakers were coming off of an NBA Finals loss to the Julius Erving and Moses Malone led Philadelphia 76ers, in which they were swept in four games. The Los Angeles Lakers, powered by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who broke the NBA's all-time total points record) and Magic Johnson with his 13.1 assists per game (tops in '84), ended up winning 54 games in the 1983–84 NBA season. On April 5, 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a 12-foot shot over Mark Eaton of the Utah Jazz 1 to surpass Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 31,421 points.

In the playoffs, the Lakers defeated the Kansas City Kings in the first round, Dallas Mavericks in the second, and the Phoenix Suns in the 1984 Western Conference Finals in order to advance to what is called the "greatest NBA Finals in history", against Larry Bird's formidable, 62–20 Boston Celtics. The Lakers' early step on the green team in the Championship caused Bird to label teammates "sissies". The words inspired the Celtics, and shot down the Lakers, and the C's won game 7 111–102, a Laker heartbreaker, and still, arguably, the most memorable Finals of the 1980s.

Draft picks


Roster listing
1983–84 Los Angeles Lakers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
C33Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)225 lb (102 kg)1947-04-16UCLA
G21Cooper, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)1956-04-15New Mexico
F0Garrett, Calvin6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)190 lb (86 kg)1956-07-11Oral Roberts
G32Johnson, Magic6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)215 lb (98 kg)1959-08-14Michigan State
G15Jordan, Eddie6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)1955-01-29Rutgers
F25Kupchak, Mitch6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (104 kg)1954-05-24North Carolina
C11McAdoo, Bob6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)1951-09-25North Carolina
F40McGee, Mike6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)190 lb (86 kg)1959-07-29Michigan
C41Nater, Swen6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)240 lb (109 kg)1950-01-14UCLA
F31Rambis, Kurt6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)213 lb (97 kg)1958-02-25Santa Clara
G4Scott, Byron (R)6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)1961-03-28Arizona State
F35Spriggs, Larry6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (104 kg)1959-09-08Howard
F52Wilkes, Jamaal6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)190 lb (86 kg)1953-05-02UCLA
F42Worthy, James6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)1961-02-27North Carolina
Head coach

Pat Riley

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: 2013-07-30

Regular season

Season standings

z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1983–84 game log
Total: 54–28 (Home: 28–13; Road: 26–15)
1983–84 schedule


1984 playoff game log
1984 schedule


West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Kansas City Kings: Lakers win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 18): Los Angeles 116, Kansas City 105
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 20): Los Angeles 109, Kansas City 102
  • Game 3 @ Kemper Arena, Kansas City (April 22): Los Angeles 108, Kansas City 102

Last Playoff Meeting: 1955 Western Division Semifinals (Lakers won 2–1; Lakers were in Minneapolis, Kings were in Rochester, New York as the Royals)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 28): Los Angeles 134, Dallas 91
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 1): Los Angeles 117, Dallas 101
  • Game 3 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (May 4): Dallas 125, Los Angeles 115
  • Game 4 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (May 6)*: Los Angeles 122, Dallas 115 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 8): Los Angeles 115, Dallas 99

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Lakers and Mavericks.

West Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1982 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–0)

NBA Finals


Boston beats Los Angeles 4–3

Player statistics

  GPGames 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



Awards and records


Lakers History

The 1984 NBA Finals|Celtics.com

NBA.com: Larry's Celtics Edge Magic's Lakers in 7

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