June 15, 2001:
LAKERS REPEAT WITH NEAR SWEEP OF PLAYOFFS
Coming off the first championship of the Phil Jackson, Shaq and Kobe era, the Lakers faced a number of challenges in repeating. Shaq’s slow start due to poor offseason conditioning, injuries to Kobe and a growing feud between the two had the team in disarray. They went 7-7 during a stretch from March 9 – April 1st with Kobe out of the line during several of the losses.
Turning A Corner
But then they came together. Winning their last 8 games of the season to take over first place from Sacramento.
That was just the beginning, they then put together the best title run in NBA history – 15 wins and only 1 loss.
First Round – Portland Trail Blazers
- In 2000, the Trail Blazers blew a 15-point lead against the Lakers in Game 7 of the Conference Finals
- Result: Lakers sweep in 3 games.
Semifinals – Sacramento Kings
- In 2000, the Kings forced the series to go the distance and had beaten the Lakers by 24 in their last matchup
- Shaq opens series with games of 44 and 43 points and Kobe closed it with a 48 point game.
- Result: Lakers sweep in 4 games.
Conference Finals – San Antonio Spurs
- The Spurs had the NBA’s best record and had swept the Lakers in the 1999 Conference Semifinals (the last game played at the Forum).
- Kobe opens series with 45 point game
- Result: Lakers sweep in 4 games with blowout wins of 39 and 29 in Games 3 and 4.
Championship – Philadelphia 76ers
- NBA MVP Alan Iverson and his 76ers stunned the Lakers by taking Game 1 in overtime at Staple Center
- Result: Lakers swept the remaining 4 games to win their 2nd of three consecutive championships.
REGULAR SEASON AVERAGES
|Sun, Apr 22, 2001||Portland Trail Blazers||W||106||93||1||0|
|Thu, Apr 26, 2001||Portland Trail Blazers||W||106||88||2||0|
|Sun, Apr 29, 2001||@||Portland Trail Blazers||W||99||86||3||0|
|Sun, May 6, 2001||Sacramento Kings||W||108||105||4||0|
|Tue, May 8, 2001||Sacramento Kings||W||96||90||5||0|
|Fri, May 11, 2001||@||Sacramento Kings||W||103||81||6||0|
|Sun, May 13, 2001||@||Sacramento Kings||W||119||113||7||0|
|Sat, May 19, 2001||@||San Antonio Spurs||W||104||90||8||0|
|Mon, May 21, 2001||@||San Antonio Spurs||W||88||81||9||0|
|Fri, May 25, 2001||San Antonio Spurs||W||111||72||10||0|
|Sun, May 27, 2001||San Antonio Spurs||W||111||82||11||0|
|Wed, Jun 6, 2001||Philadelphia 76ers||L||OT||101||107||11||1|
|Fri, Jun 8, 2001||Philadelphia 76ers||W||98||89||12||1|
|Sun, Jun 10, 2001||@||Philadelphia 76ers||W||96||91||13||1|
|Wed, Jun 13, 2001||@||Philadelphia 76ers||W||100||86||14||1|
|Fri, Jun 15, 2001||@||Philadelphia 76ers||W||108||96||15||1|