1983-84 Season

Record: 54-28, first place in Pacific Division

The Lakers acquired Byron Scott before the season from San Diego in exchange for Norm Nixon. On April 5, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA's all-time leading scorer when he scored point No. 31,420 against Utah to pass Wilt Chamberlain.

Playoffs: The NBA Finals featured the first Larry Bird-Magic Johnson Finals matchup as the Lakers and Boston Celtics met for the NBA title. The Lakers won Game 1, then had a two-point lead in Game 2 with 15 seconds remaining when Gerald Henderson picked off a James Worthy pass and scored a layup to send the game into overtime. Boston prevailed, 124-121, and went on to win the title in seven games.

Playoff Results


Western Conference first round


  • at Lakers 116, Kansas City 105

  • at Lakers 109, Kansas City 102

  • Lakers 108, at Kansas City 102



Western Conference semifinals


  • at Lakers 134, Dallas 91

  • at Lakers 117, Dallas 101

  • at Dallas 125, Lakers 115

  • Lakers 122, at Dallas 115 (OT)

  • at Lakers 115, Dallas 99




Western Conferene finals


  • at Lakers 110, Phoenix 94

  • at Lakers 118, Phoenix 102

  • at Phoenix 135, Lakers 127 (OT)

  • Lakers 126, at Phoenix 115

  • Phoenix 126, at Lakers 121

  • Lakers 99, at Phoenix 97



NBA Finals


  • Lakers 115, at Boston 109

  • at Boston 124, Lakers 121 (OT)

  • at Lakers 137, Boston 104

  • Boston 129, at Lakers 125 (OT)

  • at Boston 121, Lakers 103

  • at Lakers 119, Boston 108

  • at Boston 111, Lakers 102




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