1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 39th season of the franchise, 37th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 25th in Los Angeles. The Lakers entered the season as runner-ups of the 1984 NBA Finals, where they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Boston Celtics in seven games, increasing their losing streak to the Celtics in the NBA Finals to 8 consecutive losses.

In the playoffs, the Lakers swept in the Phoenix Suns in three games in the First Round, then defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five games in the Semifinals, before defeating the Denver Nuggets in five games in the Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in the 1980s, facing off against the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics in a rematch of last season's NBA Finals. This time, however, the Lakers were able to return to their championship ways and win their ninth NBA championship, avenging their NBA Finals loss and getting revenge on the Celtics, defeating them in six games, and marking the first time the Lakers had defeated the Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Lakers also became the only team to have defeated the Celtics in the NBA Finals while on the road.

NBA Draft


The Lakers have been involved in the following transactions during the 1984–1985 season.

Free Agent Additions


Roster listing
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
SG21Cooper, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)1956–04–15New Mexico
PG32Johnson, Magic6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)1959–08–14Michigan State
C1Jones, Earl7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)210 lb (95 kg)1961–01–13Columbia
PF25Kupchak, Mitch6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (104 kg)1954–05–24North Carolina
PG12Lester, Ronnie6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)175 lb (79 kg)1959–01–01Iowa
C11McAdoo, Bob6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)210 lb (95 kg)1951–09–25North Carolina
SF40McGee, Mike6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)190 lb (86 kg)1959–07–29Michigan
C43Nevitt, Chuck7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)217 lb (98 kg)1959–06–13North Carolina State
PF31Rambis, Kurt6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)213 lb (97 kg)1958–02–25Santa Clara
SG4Scott, Byron6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)1961–03–28Arizona State
PF35Spriggs, Larry6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (104 kg)1959–09–08Howard
SF52Wilkes, Jamaal6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)190 lb (86 kg)1953–05–02UCLA
SF42Worthy, James6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)1961–02–27North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1984–85 Game Log (62–20) (Home: 36–5; Road: 26–15)
1984-85 Schedule


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

Regular season



West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 18): Los Angeles 135, Phoenix 88
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 20): Los Angeles 122, Phoenix 94
  • Game 3 @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix (April 23): Los Angeles 114, Phoenix 94

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4–2)

West Conference Semifinals

A ticket for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers.

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 125, Portland 101
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 30): Los Angeles 134, Portland 118
  • Game 3 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 3): Los Angeles 130, Portland 126
  • Game 4 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 5): Portland 115, Los Angeles 107
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 7): Los Angeles 139, Portland 120

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–1)

West Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) Denver Nuggets: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 11): Los Angeles 139, Denver 122
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 14): Denver 136 , Los Angeles 114
  • Game 3 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 17): Los Angeles 136, Denver 118
  • Game 4 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 19): Los Angeles 120, Denver 116
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): Los Angeles 153, Denver 109

Last Playoff Meeting: 1979 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 2–1)

NBA Finals

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Los Angeles Lakers1141091361051201114
Boston Celtics1481021111071111002
1984–85 NBA Playoffs Game Log (15–4) (Home: 9–2; Road: 6–2)
1984-85 Schedule

Lakers Roster

Awards and records

External links

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