1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 41st season of the franchise, 39th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 27th in Los Angeles. Coming from a shocking defeat to the Houston Rockets in the previous season's Western Conference Finals in five games, where they won the first game, but proceeded to drop the next four, the Lakers avenged their playoff upset by making the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the 1980s. Prior to reaching the NBA Finals, in the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Denver Nuggets in three games in the First Round, defeated the Golden State Warriors in five games in the Semifinals, and swept the Seattle SuperSonics in four games in the Conference Finals. This team was named one of the 10 greatest teams in NBA history.

The highlight of the season saw the Lakers winning the NBA Finals, and their tenth NBA title over the defending NBA champions and rivals, the Boston Celtics, in six games. This marked the third and final time the Lakers and Celtics faced off against each other in the NBA Finals in the 1980s, as well as the last time the Lakers and Celtics faced off against each other in the NBA Finals until 2008, where the Celtics defeated the Lakers 4–2 to win their 17th NBA championship. The two teams would then meet again in 2010, where the Lakers defeated the Celtics 4–3 to win their 16th NBA championship.

Draft picks

Roster

Roster listing
Los Angeles Lakers roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
C33United StatesAbdul-Jabbar, Kareem (C)7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)225 lb (102 kg)UCLA
F24United StatesBranch, Adrian6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)185 lb (84 kg)Maryland
G/F21United StatesCooper, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)New Mexico
F/C45United StatesGreen, A.C.6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)220 lb (100 kg)Oregon State
G32United StatesJohnson, Magic6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Michigan State
G1United StatesMatthews, Wes6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)University of Wisconsin
F31United StatesRambis, Kurt6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)213 lb (97 kg)Santa Clara University
G4United StatesScott, Byron6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)Arizona State
C52CanadaSmrek, Mike7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)250 lb (113 kg)Canisius
F55United StatesThompson, Billy6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)195 lb (88 kg)Louisville
F/C43The BahamasThompson, Mychal6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)226 lb (103 kg)University of Minnesota
F42United StatesWorthy, James6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

Season standings



Record vs. opponents

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets: Lakers win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 128, Denver 95
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 139, Denver 127
  • Game 3 @ Denver: Los Angeles 140, Denver 103

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Golden State Warriors: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 125, Golden State 116
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 116, Golden State 101
  • Game 3 @ Golden State: Los Angeles 133, Golden State 108
  • Game 4 @ Golden State: Golden State 129, Los Angeles 121
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 118, Golden State 106

West Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics: Lakers win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 92, Seattle 87
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 112, Seattle 104
  • Game 3 @ Seattle: Los Angeles 122, Seattle 121
  • Game 4 @ Seattle: Los Angeles 133, Seattle 102

NBA finals

The Celtics remained competitive in 1986–87, going 59–23 and again winning the Eastern Conference Championship. The Lakers at home dominated the great Celtics team, in Boston the games were much more competitive. Eventually, the Celtics would lose 4 games to 2.

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics Lakers win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 126, Boston 113
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 141, Boston 122
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 109, Los Angeles 103
  • Game 4 @ Boston: Los Angeles 107, Boston 106
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 123, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 106, Boston 93

Player statistics

Note: GP= Games played; MPG= Minutes per Game; REB = Rebounds; AST = Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; PPG = Points per Game

Season

Playoffs

Award winners

Transactions

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