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1990-91 Season

Record: 58-24, second place in Pacific Division

Pat Riley resigned as Lakers coach before the season. In his nine years at the helm, the Lakers won nine Pacific Division titles and four NBA titles. He was replaced by Mike Dunleavy.

During the season, Magic Johnson handed out career assist No. 9,888 on April 15 to pass Oscar Robertson and become the NBA's all-time assists leader, but the Lakers had to settle for second place in the Pacific Division.

Playoffs: The Lakers upset the favored Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers won Game 1, but the Bulls won the next four to give Michael Jordan his first NBA title.

Playoff Results


Western Conference first round


  • at Lakers 94, Houston 92

  • at Lakers 109, Houston 98

  • Lakers 94, at Houston 90



Western Conference semifinals


  • at Lakers 126, Golden State 116

  • Golden State 125, at Lakers 124

  • Lakers 115, at Golden State 112

  • Lakers 123, at Golden State 107

  • at Lakers 124, Golden State 119 (OT)




Western Conference finals


  • Lakers 111, at Portland 106

  • at Portland 109, Lakers 98

  • at Lakers 106, Portland 92

  • at Lakers 116, Portland 95

  • at Portland 95, Lakers 84

  • at Lakers 91, Portland 90



NBA Finals


  • Lakers 93, at Chicago 91

  • at Chicago 107, Lakers 86

  • Chicago 104, at Lakers 96 (OT)

  • Chicago 97, at Lakers 82

  • Chicago 108, at Lakers 101



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