1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers season

1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers Season

1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers season

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The highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers season was winning their first NBA title since moving to Los Angeles. The Lakers beat the New York Knicks in five games to win the title, after going 69-13 during the regular-season, a record that stood for 24 seasons. During the regular season, they would also go on to win a current-standing NBA record 33 straight games.


  • The Lakers hired Bill Sharman as the new head coach.

NBA Draft


Depth chart

Regular season

Since moving to Los Angeles, the Lakers were repeatedly foiled by the Boston Celtics in their attempts to capture an NBA title. The Lakers lost the championship to them six times in eight years.

Early in the 1971-72 season, the Lakers lost Elgin Baylor to retirement. Shortly thereafter, the Lakers strung together a record 33-game win streak under Coach of the Year Bill Sharman. The streak ended on January 9, 1972 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Season standings

Season schedule




Player stats

Regular Season


NBA finals

Game 1

Although without Willis Reed because of his knee injury. Jerry Lucas scored 26 points but was only one of several Knicks who was red hot. Bill Bradley hit 11 of 12 shots from the field as New York shot 53 percent for the game. The team took advantage...
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