Record: 40-26, second place in Western Division
The NBA widened the foul lane before the season in an attempt to contain George Mikan, who still ended up averaging 23.8 points per game. Rochester won the Western Division by a game, setting up another Lakers-Royals playoff matchup.
Playoffs: The Lakers swept Indianapolis in the first round, and got by rival Rochester in the Western Divison finals, setting up an NBA Finals matchup against the New York Knicks. Games 3 and 4 were played at the 69th Regiment Armory instead of at Madison Square Garden because the circus was in town. The teams split those games, and Games 5 and 6 as well. Game 7 was all Lakers, as they won their second NBA title in three years.