2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers season
The 2000–01 NBA season was the Lakers' 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 41st in the city of Los Angeles. The Lakers entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having defeated the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA Finals in six games, winning their twelfth NBA championship. During the offseason, the Lakers acquired Horace Grant from the Seattle SuperSonics. Grant won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. The team also signed free agent Isaiah Rider, who was released by the Atlanta Hawks the previous season due to off the court troubles. The Lakers won their final eight games finishing the regular season with a 56–26 record, and won the Pacific Division over the rival Sacramento Kings by one game. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, but O'Neal did not play due to an injury. The Lakers clinched the #2 seed in the playoffs.
In the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, swept the Kings in the semifinals, then swept the top–seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. They went on to win the NBA Finals 4–1 against the Philadelphia 76ers, earning the franchise its 13th NBA championship. It was the second of the Lakers' three-peat championships to begin the millennium. The Lakers would finish with the then-best postseason record in NBA history, posting a 15–1 record, suffering their only loss in a Game 1 overtime loss to the 76ers in the NBA Finals. That record would last for 16 years until the Golden State Warriors went 16–1 in the 2017 playoffs.
|2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers roster|
Record vs. opponents
|2000–01 game log|
Total: 56–26 (Home: 31–10; Road: 25–16)
|2000–01 season schedule|
|2001 playoff game log|
Total: 15–1 (Home: 7–1; Road: 8–0)
|2000–01 season schedule|
West First Round
(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-3)
West Conference Semifinals
(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Sacramento Kings Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-2)
West Conference Finals
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-0)
- By winning the Finals MVP award, Shaquille O'Neal joined the list of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award at least twice. Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard have since joined the list. Jordan, Olajuwon, O'Neal, Bryant, James, and Durant are the only six to win the award in back-to-back years.
- The Lakers at the time had achieved the best ever NBA postseason record of 15-1, sweeping the Western Conference and then sweeping the 76ers after their Game 1 loss in the Finals. On June 12, 2017, the Golden State Warriors had surpassed this feat, as they would go 16-1, after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. The Lakers' postseason record was made before the first round of playoffs was extended to be the best-of-7 format which was implemented in the 2003 NBA Playoffs.
The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.
|Team||Game 1*||Game 2||Game 3||Game 4||Game 5||Wins|
|Los Angeles (West)||101||98||96||100||108||4|
∗ denotes a game that required overtime.
|GP||Games 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|
- Kobe Bryant, All-NBA Second Team
- Kobe Bryant, All-NBA Defensive Second Team
- Shaquille O'Neal, Center, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
- Shaquille O'Neal, League Leader, FG%, 57.2
- Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA First Team
- Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA Defensive Second Team