2005–06 Los Angeles Lakers season
The 2005–06 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 58th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 60th overall. The Los Angeles Lakers finished in third place of the Pacific Division and as the seventh seed of the Western Conference playoffs. The season ended with the team being eliminated in seven games against the Phoenix Suns after holding a 3-1 series lead. After a year absence, the Lakers rehired Phil Jackson as their head coach. It was the final season Kobe Bryant wore jersey number 8 before changing it to 24 the following season.
The Lakers had 3 picks going into the 2005 NBA draft. The Lakers picked seven footer Andrew Bynum as the 10th pick of the draft. Los Angeles also picked Ronny Turiaf and Von Wafer as the 37th and 39th picks respectively.
|2005–06 Los Angeles Lakers roster|
- Wednesday November 16, 2005: Stanislav Medvenko was sidelined for the rest of the season after he suffered a herniated disc.
- Friday November 18, 2005: Kwame Brown strained his right hamstring and was sidelined for two weeks.
- Tuesday December 20, 2005: Laron Profit ruptured his Achilles' tendon during a game against the Dallas Mavericks. He underwent surgery on December 23, 2005. He was unable to play for the rest of the season after the surgery.
The Lakers opened the season with an overtime victory against the Denver Nuggets. Despite dipping below .500 during the November, the team recovered and finished 2005 with a 15-14 record. The team went into the All Star Break with a 26-26 record The Lakers did not maintain any long winning streaks nor were they in long losing slumps; their longest winning streak of the season equalled their longest losing streak of 5 games. The team finished the season with a 5-game winning streak, the longest of the season, and an overall 45-37 record. The Lakers finished third in the Pacific Division and qualified for the playoffs as the 7th seed in the Western Conference. In a January home game against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points, the second most in a single game in NBA history, behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100.
Record vs. opponents
The Lakers met the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA playoffs. After taking a 3-1 lead, Los Angeles lost three in a row and was eliminated from the playoffs.
West First Round:(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers
|Los Angeles Lakers 102, Phoenix Suns 107|
|Scoring by quarter: 29–39, 21–19, 25–17, 27–32|
|Pts: Kobe Bryant 22|
Rebs: Odom 14
Asts: Kobe Bryant 5
|Pts: Tim Thomas 22|
Rebs: Tim Thomas 15
Asts: Steve Nash 10
US Airways Center , Phoenix , Arizona
Referees: Jimmy Clark, Bernie Fryer, Bill Kennedy
Phoenix got off to a good start by ending the first quarter with a 10-point lead. The Lakers trailed the Suns by as much as 14 points during the second quarter. Kobe Bryant had an off shooting night. Although he averaged more than 42 points against the Suns during the regular season, Kobe Bryant scored only 22 points on 7-21 shooting. During the late stages of the fourth quarter, the Lakers went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 98-95 with 2:12 remaining. However, Steve Nash sealed the game with a three pointer and two free throws in the last 67 seconds of the game
|Los Angeles Lakers 99, Phoenix Suns 93|
|Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 29–16, 21–29, 25–26|
|Pts: Kobe Bryant 29|
Rebs: Kobe Bryant 10
Asts: Bryant, Odom 5 each
|Pts: Steve Nash 29|
Rebs: Marion, Thomas 9 each
Asts: Steve Nash 9
Los Angeles took advantage of poor shooting by Phoenix to take Game 2. The Lakers opened a 36-22 lead in the second quarter. The Suns went on a 20-6 surge to get as close as 61-58. Los Angeles responded by making four straight baskets to rebuild the lead back to double digits
|Phoenix Suns 92, Los Angeles Lakers 99|
|Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 17–18, 30–28, 18–22|
|Pts: Shawn Marion 20|
Rebs: Marion, Nash 7 each
Asts: Steve Nash 11
|Pts: Smush Parker 18|
Rebs: Lamar Odom 17
Asts: Kobe Bryant 7
The Lakers used a balanced attack to take a 99-92 victory over the Suns. All five starters from Los Angeles finished the game with double figures. Los Angeles took advantage of height differences and outrebounded Phoenix 53-34. The game was intensely physical; a total of three technical fouls were called. During the first quarter, Los Angeles' Walton and Phoenix' Thomas got into an altercation and had to be separated; Walton was given a flagrant foul. In the third quarter, Lakers' center Kwame Brown elbowed Boris Diaw leading to a heated exchange between players. Brown and Diaw received technical fouls. The third technical foul was given to Raja Bell.
|Phoenix Suns 98, Los Angeles Lakers 99 (OT)|
|Scoring by quarter: 26–25, 15–16, 26–23, 23–26, Overtime: 8–9|
|Pts: Steve Nash 22|
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 11
|Pts: Lamar Odom 25|
Rebs: Kwame Brown 10
Asts: Kobe Bryant 8
In terms of scoring, Game 4 was the closest in the series. The Suns held a 90-88 lead with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Capitalizing on a Steve Nash turnover, Kobe Bryant made a basket with seven-tenths of a second left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. During overtime Bryant made a jumper at the buzzer to ensure a 99-98 victory. With this victory, the Lakers placed the Suns one game away from elimination.
|Los Angeles Lakers 97, Phoenix Suns 114|
|Scoring by quarter: 25–27, 22–29, 21–28, 29–30|
|Pts: Kobe Bryant 29|
Rebs: Lamar Odom 15
Asts: Lamar Odom 6
|Pts: Boris Diaw 25|
Rebs: Boris Diaw 10
Asts: Boris Diaw 9
Despite shooting better than their opponent, the Lakers lost Game 5. Phoenix took advantage of 20 turnovers committed by Los Angeles and easily rolled to a 114-97 victory. The Lakers fell behind by as many as 22 points but closed in to 86-73 with an 11-2 run during the fourth quarter. Bryant was ejected from the game after receiving his second technical foul with 3:11 to play in the fourth
|Phoenix Suns 126, Los Angeles Lakers 118 (OT)|
|Scoring by quarter: 30–37, 30–20, 28–28, 17–20, Overtime: 21–13|
|Pts: Steve Nash 32|
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 13
|Pts: Kobe Bryant 50|
Rebs: Lamar Odom 11
Asts: Lamar Odom 9
With 6.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Tim Thomas made a three pointed to force the game into overtime. Kobe Bryant scored 12 of the Lakers' points in overtime for a total of 50 points; his personal playoff record and the highest by a Laker since Jerry West in 1969. The Suns scored efficiently during overtime by making baskets on seven of their first eight possessions. Thomas' three pointer with 1:41 left sealed the game and guaranteed a Game 7 in Phoenix.
|Los Angeles Lakers 90, Phoenix Suns 121|
|Scoring by quarter: 15–32, 30–28, 20–30, 25–31|
|Pts: Kobe Bryant 24|
Rebs: Sasha Vujačić 6
Asts: Smush Parker 4
|Pts: Leandro Barbosa 26|
Rebs: Shawn Marion 10
Asts: Diaw, Nash 9 each
|Phoenix wins the series, 4–3|
The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated and overwhelmed by the Phoenix Suns' offense in a 121-90 loss. The Suns became the eighth team in NBA history to win a series after trailing 3-1. The Lakers shot 35% in the game while the Suns shot 61%. Bryant had 23 points in the first half but only scored one point during the second half. Last Playoffs meeting: 2000 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–1)
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|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|
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*Total for entire season including previous team(s)
Awards and records
- On June 14, 2005, the Lakers re-hired head coach Phil Jackson.
- On August 2, 2005, the Lakers traded guard/forward Caron Butler and guard Chucky Atkins to the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Kwame Brown and guard Laron Profit.
- The Lakers traded guard Kareem Rush to the Charlotte Bobcats for two future second round draft picks (Ronny Turiaf and TBA). The Bobcats have acquired a second round pick (Ronny Turiaf) in the 2005 NBA draft from Atlanta in exchange for forward/center Predrag Drobnjak. Atlanta Hawks acquired centers Michael Doleac (from the New York Knicks) and Joel Przybilla (from the Milwaukee Bucks), along with a 2005 second-round pick from the Knicks (Ronny Turiaf), while sending center Nazr Mohammed to the Knicks in the three-way trade. The 2005 selection will be the better of the two second-rounders the Knicks currently own.
- On October 26, 2005, The Lakers traded Jumaine Jones to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a 2007 2nd round pick (Sun Yue).
- Laron Profit was waived on January 16, 2006.
- On March 6, 2006 Jim Jackson was signed as a free agent.