1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers season

A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks.
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.

The 1987–88 season saw the Lakers win their eleventh NBA championship, defeating the Detroit Pistons in a hard-fought seven games in the NBA Finals to become the NBA’s first repeat champions since the Boston Celtics did it in the 1968–69 NBA season. In doing so, the Lakers made good on Pat Riley's famous promise to repeat as champions. “I'm guaranteeing everybody here,” Riley said at the civic celebrations following the Lakers’ 1987 championship win, “next year we’re gonna win it again.” Before the Lakers could make good on Riley's guarantee, they swept the San Antonio Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs. The following two rounds however would not be as easy for the Lakers, but they still managed to get through a tough seven-game series against both the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Semis and the Dallas Mavericks Western Conference Finals.

By the time the Lakers had finished their season they had played an NBA record 106 games including another record 24 playoff games, winning 77 and losing 29. The Lakers went 62–20 in the regular season and 15–9 in the playoffs.

The 1988 Finals was the last time the Showtime-era Lakers won an NBA championship. It was also the final time that the franchise won a championship at The Forum. They did not win another league title until 2000, when they were playing at the Staples Center.

Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were all selected to play in the 1988 NBA All-Star Game held in Chicago. Pat Riley was chosen to coach the Western Conference All-Stars.

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
G/F19United StatesCampbell, Tony6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Ohio State
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, Magic (C)6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Michigan State
G/F3United StatesLamp, Jeff6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)195 lb (88 kg)Virginia
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 College
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
F34United StatesTolbert, Ray6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)Indiana
G20United StatesWagner, Milt6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)185 lb (84 kg)Louisville
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

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

Record vs. opponents

Game log

1987–88 game log
Total: 62–20 (Home: 36–5; Road: 26–15)
1987–88 schedule

Playoffs

West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) San Antonio Spurs: Lakers win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 122, San Antonio 110
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 1): Los Angeles 130, San Antonio 112
  • Game 3 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 3): Los Angeles 109, San Antonio 107

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3–0)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Utah Jazz: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 8): Los Angeles 110, Utah 91
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 10): Utah 101, Los Angeles 97
  • Game 3 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (May 13): Utah 96, Los Angeles 89
  • Game 4 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (May 15): Los Angeles 113, Utah 100
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 17): Los Angeles 111, Utah 109
  • Game 6 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (May 19): Utah 108, Los Angeles 80
  • Game 7 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 21): Los Angeles 109, Utah 98

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

West Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 23): Los Angeles 113, Dallas 98
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 25): Los Angeles 123, Dallas 101
  • Game 3 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (May 27): Dallas 106, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 4 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (May 29): Dallas 118, Los Angeles 104
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 31): Los Angeles 119, Dallas 102
  • Game 6 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (June 2): Dallas 105, Los Angeles 103
  • Game 7 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 4): Los Angeles 117, Dallas 102

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–2)

NBA Finals

(W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E2) Detroit Pistons: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 7): Detroit 105, Los Angeles 93
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 9): Los Angeles 108, Detroit 96
  • Game 3 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (June 12): Los Angeles 99, Detroit 86
  • Game 4 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (June 14): Detroit 111, Los Angeles 86
  • Game 5 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (June 16): Detroit 104, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 6 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 19): Los Angeles 103, Detroit 102
  • Game 7 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 21): Los Angeles 108, Detroit 105

Last Playoff Meeting: 1962 Western Division Finals (Los Angeles won 4–3)


1988 playoff game log
1987–88 schedule

Player statistics

Legend
  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

Season

Playoffs

Awards and records

Awards

All-Star

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

External links

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