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Encyclopedia > 1985 NBA Finals

The 1985 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1984-85 NBA season. The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The Boston Celtics looking to repeat as NBA Champions for the first time since the 1968-69 NBA season. The Celtics had homecourt advantage for the second year in a row as they finished the regular season with a 63-19 record while the Los Angeles Lakers compiled a 62-20 record. The Lakers looked to bounce back from the previous year's painful loss to the Celtics in the NBA Finals. For the first time, the Finals went to a 2-3-2 format with Games 1 and 2 in Boston while the next three games were in Los Angeles. The final two games of the series would be played in Boston, if required. The Boston Celtics are a National Basketball Association team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The 1968-69 NBA Season was the 23rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Celtics four games to two to defeat the Celtics for the first time in Laker history in the NBA Finals.


Television: CBS - Announcers: Brent Musburger, Dick Stockton, and Tom Heinsohn. CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of the network) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Portland, Oregon) is an American sportscaster for ABC. // Early Career Educated at Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism, Musburger began his career as a sportswriter for the now-defunct Chicago American newspaper. ... Dick Stockton (born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American sportscaster. ... Tom Heinsohn (August 26, 1934- ) is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player on the Boston Celtics basketball team. ...

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Game one

The Celtics destroyed the Lakers 148-114. The game was a profound embarrassment for the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had only 12 points and 3 rebounds in his matchup with Robert Parish. Magic Johnson pulled down only one rebound. Danny Ainge of the Celtics started hot, scoring 15 points in the first quarter. Scot Wedman made all 11 shots he took from the field. The lopsided final score caused the game to be dubbed the "Memorial Day Massacre." Afterwards, Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar apologized to his teammates for his terrible performance. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. ... Robert Lee Parish (born on August 30, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is a former American basketball center. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ...


Game two

The Lakers responded with a 109-102 win, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 30 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and 8 assists. Laker swingman Michael Cooper helped in the cause by finishing with 22 points on an 8 for 9 shooting performance. The series was evened at 1-1. Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently assistant coach of the NBAs Denver Nuggets, and a former NBA player who spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


Game three

The Celtics held a 48-38 lead in the second quarter before the Lakers, led by James Worthy, took a 65-59 lead at halftime. The Lakers pulled away in the second half and won the game 136-111. During the game, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the league's all time leading playoff scorer. Meanwhile, Larry Bird's shooting slump from game 2 continued. He shot 17 of 42 from the field. He had been troubled by a bad back and a sore right elbow, although most people believed he was having trouble with Michael Cooper's defense. James Ager Worthy (b. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player. ...


Game four

The Celtics tied the series in the fourth game, 107-105 as Dennis Johnson hit a jumper at the buzzer. Dennis Johnson (born September 18, 1954 in San Pedro, California) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ...


Game five

In this game, the Lakers raced out to a 64-51 lead and streched it to 89-72 before the Celtics cut the defecit to 101-97 with six minutes remaining. However, Magic Johnson made three shots while Kareem added four more shots and the Lakers came away with a 120-111 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ...


Game six

In the last game, the Lakers were led by Abdul-Jabbar who scored 29 points as the Lakers defeated the Celtics 111-100. Celtic swingman Kevin McHale scored 32 points in the losing effort. Thanks to Michael Cooper's defense, Larry Bird had a mediocre 12 for 29 shooting performance in the final game. It was the first and only time an opposing team had claimed a NBA championship in Boston Garden. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named MVP of the series. In the Lakers' four victories, Abdul-Jabbar averaged 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 blocks. In one memorable sequence, Abdul-Jabbar grabbed a rebound, drove the length of the court and swished a sky-hook. He even dove for a loose ball. "What you saw," Laker head coach Pat Riley told Sports Illustrated, "was passion." Kevin McHale Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957, in Hibbing, Minnesota) is a former NBA basketball power forward, who featured one of the deadliest arrays of post moves in NBA history. ... The Boston Garden was an arena built in 1928 and demolished in 1997 after the completion of its new sister arena, the FleetCenter, now called TD Banknorth Garden. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... Pat Riley Patrick James Pat Riley (born March 20, 1945 in Schenectady, New York, United States) is a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach and player who has coached four championship teams, in addition to playing for one. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...

Preceded by:
1984 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
1985
Succeeded by:
1986 NBA Finals

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