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1999-2000 Season The Lakers won an NBA title this season

Record: 67-15, first place in Pacific Division

The Lakers hired Phil Jackson as coach before the season and moved into Staples Center. Jackson installed the "triangle offense", which brough him six NBA titles at Chicago.

The Lakers started the season 25-5 and cruised to the playoffs, becoming the first team in NBA history to have three different double-figure winning streaks in the same season.

Playoffs: After struggling to get past Sacramento in the first round, the Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns in five games in the Western Conference semifinals, setting up a conference finals matchup against Portland. Portland won Games 5 and 6 to force a decisive seventh game, which featured one of the greatest comebacks in Lakers history,

Down by 13 points entering the fourth quarter, the Lakers staged an improbable rally capped by an incredible alley-oop from Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O'Neal as the Staples Center crowd erupted at a volume rarely heard at a sporting event. The Lakers then defeated the Larry Bird-coached Indiana Pacers in the NBA Finals to win their first NBA title since 1988.

O'Neal was named MVP of the Finals to become only the third player to be named Most Valuable Player of the regular season, All-Star Game and the NBA Finals.

Playoff Results

Western Conference first round

  • at Lakers 117, Sacramento 107

  • at Lakers 113, Sacramento 89

  • at Sacramento 99, Lakers 91

  • at Sacramento 101, Lakers 88

  • at Lakers 113, Sacramento 86

Western Conference semifinals

  • at Lakers 105, Phoenix 77

  • at Lakers 97, Phoenix 96

  • Lakers 105, at Phoenix 99

  • at Phoenix 117, Lakers 98

  • at Lakers 87, Phoenix 65

Western Conference finals

  • at Lakers 109, Portland 94

  • Portland 106, at Lakers 77

  • Lakers 93, at Portland 91

  • Lakers 103, at Portland 91

  • Portland 96, at Lakers 88

  • at Portland 103, Lakers 93

  • at Lakers 89, Portland 84

NBA Finals

  • at Lakers 104, Indiana 87

  • at Lakers 111, Indiana 104

  • at Indiana 100, Lakers 91

  • Lakers 120, at Indiana 118 (OT)

  • at Indiana 120, Lakers 87

  • at Lakers 116, Indiana 111



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