1971-72 Lakers

<b>1971-72 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" ORSPT000104" title="Los Angeles Lakers" href="/topic/sports/basketball/los-angeles-lakers-ORSPT000104.topic">Lakers</b></a><br>
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<u>69-13, First in Pacific Division</u><br>
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defeated New York Knicks in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" 15008001" title="National Basketball Association" href="/topic/sports/basketball/national-basketball-association-15008001.topic">NBA</a> Finals, 4-1<br>
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<b>Head Coach</b>: Bill Sharman<br>
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<b>Key Moments</b>:<br>
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1. Lakers record the longest winning streak in pro sports history (33 straight victories) and post a then all-time NBA-best 69-13 record.<br>
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2. The Lakers win their first NBA title since moving to L.A.<br>
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3. Jerry West leads the NBA in assists (9.7), and Gail Goodrich leads the Lakers in scoring (25.7).<br>
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4. Lakers establish NBA record in consecutive road wins (16).<br>
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5. Bill Sharman is named NBA coach of the year.<br>
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<b>Standing, left to right (players only)</b>: Gail Goodrich, Jim Cleamons, Pat Riley, Jim McMillian, Jerry West, Flynn Robinson<br>
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<b>Seated, left to right (players only)</b>: Keith Erickson, Happy Hairston, Leroy Ellis, Wilt Chamberlain, John Trapp, Elgin Baylor
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1971-72 Lakers

69-13, First in Pacific Division

defeated New York Knicks in NBA Finals, 4-1

Head Coach: Bill Sharman

Key Moments:

1. Lakers record the longest winning streak in pro sports history (33 straight victories) and post a then all-time NBA-best 69-13 record.

2. The Lakers win their first NBA title since moving to L.A.

3. Jerry West leads the NBA in assists (9.7), and Gail Goodrich leads the Lakers in scoring (25.7).

4. Lakers establish NBA record in consecutive road wins (16).

5. Bill Sharman is named NBA coach of the year.

Standing, left to right (players only): Gail Goodrich, Jim Cleamons, Pat Riley, Jim McMillian, Jerry West, Flynn Robinson

Seated, left to right (players only): Keith Erickson, Happy Hairston, Leroy Ellis, Wilt Chamberlain, John Trapp, Elgin Baylor

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