Lakers Records: Playoff Highs

The Showtime Lakers of Magic Johnson produced quite a few of the all-time franchise playoff highs.

As August rolls on, we continue our look at the Lakers' record books, next with the all-time playoff season highs of the franchise, including a 13-game winning streak through the 1988 and 1989 playoffs, and a 153-point game in 1985:

Consecutive Wins:
Overall: 13 (1988-89*)
One Season: 11 (1989, 2001)
Home: 14 (Minneapolis, 1949-51)
Road: 12* (Los Angeles, 2000-02)
Note: The longest winning streak in NBA playoff history began in the 1988 NBA Finals as Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Byron Scott led L.A. to consecutive series-clinching wins over Detroit in Games 6 and 7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired after the season, but L.A. still managed to sweep its way through the Western Conference in the 1989 playoffs, going 11-0, until hamstring injuries to both Johnson and Scott hobbled L.A. in a Finals rematch with Detroit, who exacted revenge with a 4-0 sweep. The Lakers would match the 11-0 run from 1989 with Phil Jackson's 2001 squad. Most Points:
Game: 153 (vs. DEN, 5/22/85)
Half: 82* (vs. vs. DEN, 4/23/87)
Quarter: 51*, (vs. DET, 3/31/62)
Note: Not surprising that the fun-and-gun Nuggets teams of the 1980's were on the wrong end of massive score lines to L.A., conceding 153 points in the clinching Game 5 of the 1985 Western Finals (no overtime needed) and then 82 points in a half in L.A.'s 1987's 3-0 Round 1 sweep. Most FG Made:
Game: 67* (vs. DEN, 5/22/85)
Note: Also not surprisingly that the 153-point game produced L.A.'s NBA record of 67 field goals made in a playoff game. Six Lakers averaged double-figure points that season in a very well-balanced attack: Kareem (22.0); Magic (18.3); Worthy (17.6); Scott (16.0); Bob McAdoo (10.5); and Mike McGee (10.2). Highest FG Percentage:
Game: .663 (vs. SA, 4/17/86)
Note: So key to the success of the Showtime Lakers was the tremendous efficiency of the offense run by Magic, which in the 1986 playoff season saw six of eight Lakers attempting at least 25 shots shoot over 50 percent, the two outliers nearly as good (Scott, 49.7%; Michael Cooper, 47.0%). Most 3-PT FG Made:
Game: 13 (@ UTA, 5/8/10)
Note: With a history of boasting many of the league's best post up players, the Lakers have never been a team that's relied on the three-point shot, as seen with the high in a playoff game coming in at only 13 in the 2010 Western Semi's. Highest 3-PT FG Percentage:
Game: 1.000 (vs. DEN, 4-of-4, 5/11/85)
Note: The Lakers' all-time record for regular season makes without a miss from three-point range is only six, so a 4-of-4 in the playoffs is predictably modest, particularly considering the general lack of open looks from long distance when team defense really picks up. Most Rebounds:
Game: 81 (vs. STL, 3/24/61)
Note: The leading rebounder for the Lakers in 1961 wasn't a center or a power forward, but the absurdly athletic Elgin Baylor, who grabbed 1,447 in the regular season, with the No. 2 boarder (Rudy LaRusso) notching 781. Baylor then collected 15.3 boards per game in the playoffs, not to mention 38.1 points and 4.6 assists. Most Off. Rebs. (since 1973-74):
Game: 28 (vs. SEA, 4/14/78)
Note: The regular season record was 31 in this category, but that took the 1993-94 Lakers two overtimes to achieve, making the 28 pulled down in 1978 by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adrian Dantley Jamaal Wilkes and Don Ford all the more impressive. Most Def. Rebs. (since 1973-74):
Game: 45 (@ DEN, 4/29/87)
Note: So balanced was the rebounding effort of the 1987 Lakers that not one player averaged in double figures, while five guys pulled down at least 4.9 per game, led by A.C. Green's 7.9. That collective swarming of the glass produced 45 in a 140-103 Game 3 beat down of Denver that closed Round 1. Most Assists:
Game: 44 (several times, last vs. BOS, 6/4/87)
Note: The 1986-87 season saw Magic at his best, when he averaged 23.9 points, 12.2 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals en route to his first MVP trophy. He didn't drop off in the playoffs, averaging 21.8 points, 12.2 dimes, 7.7 boards and 1.7 steals to grab Finals MVP honors to boot. Johnson keyed the 44 dimes in L.A.'s 141-122 Game 2 win over Boston in the Finals. Personal Fouls:
Game: 42 (vs. twice, last vs. STL, 3/17/56)
Note: Teams simply committed far more fouls in the early days of the NBA, shown in Lakers lore by the Minneapolis crew having 60 players foul out in the 1957-58 season. From a playoff perspective, committing 42 in a game was (obviously) nearly one per minute as the Lakers played St. Louis in 1956 … perhaps not the most fun game to watch in history. Most Steals:
Game: 19 (vs. GS, 4/19/77)
Note: Apparently, the 1976-77 Warriors had trouble taking care of the basketball against the Lakers, as they not once but twice allowed 19 steals in playoffs games to L.A., who ended up winning a tough series in seven games. Don Chaney notched 21 playoff swipes that postseason, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 19 and Don Ford 17. Most Blocks:
Game: 14 (several times, last vs. BOS, 6/6/10)
Note: More surprising than L.A.'s huge block total is that they actually ended up losing that Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Finals to the Celtics, despite entirely dominating the paint in the contest.

* Denotes NBA Record