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1985 NBA Playoffs

The 1985 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1984-85 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named NBA Finals MVP for the second time (he had won the award under his birth name, Lew Alcindor, as a Buck in 1971).

The Lakers had been unsuccessful in their previous eight attempts to defeat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, losing 7 times from 19591969 and 1984. The Lakers, moreover, won the title in Boston, something no other NBA team has ever accomplished.

The Cavaliers made the playoffs for the first time since 1978.

It was also the first time that all three teams from Texas made the playoffs in the same year.

The Denver Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1978 and would not advance again until 2009. The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, advanced to the conference finals for the fifth time in six years, but would not reach that level again until 2001.

Contents

  • Bracket 1
  • Western Conference 2
  • Eastern Conference 3
  • NBA Finals 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Bracket

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 L.A. Lakers 3
8 Phoenix 0
1 L.A. Lakers 4
5 Portland 1
4 Dallas 1
5 Portland 3
1 L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
2 Denver 1
3 Houston 2
6 Utah 3
6 Utah 1
2 Denver 4
2 Denver 3
7 San Antonio 2
W1 L.A. Lakers 4
E1 Boston 2
1 Boston 3
8 Cleveland 1
1 Boston 4
4 Detroit 2
4 Detroit 3
5 New Jersey 0
1 Boston 4
Eastern Conference
3 Philadelphia 1
3 Philadelphia 3
6 Washington 1
3 Philadelphia 4
2 Milwaukee 0
2 Milwaukee 3
7 Chicago 1

Western Conference

Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

1st Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 3-0

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning the first four meetings.

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs: Nuggets win series 3-2

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Spurs winning the first meeting.

(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Utah Jazz: Jazz win series 3-2

This was the first playoff meeting between the Rockets and the Jazz.[3]

(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers win series 3-1

This was the first playoff meeting between the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers.[4]

Conference Semifinals

A ticket for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers.

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers: Lakers win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 125, Portland 101
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 30): Los Angeles 134, Portland 118
  • Game 3 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 3): Los Angeles 130, Portland 126
  • Game 4 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 5): Portland 115, Los Angeles 107
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 7): Los Angeles 139, Portland 120
This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece.

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Utah Jazz: Nuggets win series 4-1

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Jazz winning the first meeting.

Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) Denver Nuggets: Lakers win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 11): Los Angeles 139, Denver 122
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 14): Denver 136, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 3 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 17): Los Angeles 136, Denver 118
  • Game 4 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 19): Los Angeles 120, Denver 116
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): Los Angeles 153, Denver 109
This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning the first meeting.

Eastern Conference

Champion: Boston Celtics

1st Round

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Cleveland Cavaliers: Celtics win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 18): Boston 126, Cleveland 123
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 20): Boston 108, Cleveland 106
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 23): Cleveland 105, Boston 98
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 25): Boston 117, Cleveland 115 (Dennis Johnson blocks a World B. Free 3 with 2 seconds left)
This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning the first meeting.

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (7) Chicago Bulls: Bucks win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 19): Milwaukee 109, Chicago 101
  • Game 2 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 21): Milwaukee 122, Chicago 115
  • Game 3 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (April 24): Chicago 109, Milwaukee 107 (Michael Jordan hits his first playoff game-winner with 22 seconds left)
  • Game 4 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (April 26): Milwaukee 105, Chicago 97
This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bucks winning the first meeting.

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Washington Bullets: 76ers win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 17): Philadelphia 104, Washington 97
  • Game 2 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 21): Philadelphia 113, Washington 94
  • Game 3 @ Capital Centre, Landover (April 24): Washington 118, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 4 @ Capital Centre, Landover (April 26): Philadelphia 106, Washington 98
This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bullets winning two of the first three meetings.

(4) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) New Jersey Nets: Pistons win series 3-0

This was the first playoff meeting between the Pistons and the Nets.[11]

Conference Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Detroit Pistons: Celtics win series 4-2

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning the first meeting.

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 28): Philadelphia 127, Milwaukee 105
  • Game 2 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 30): Philadelphia 112, Milwaukee 108
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 3): Philadelphia 109, Milwaukee 104
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 5): Philadelphia 121, Milwaukee 112
This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers winning three of the first four meetings.

Conference Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 12): Boston 108, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 14): Boston 106, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 18): Boston 105, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 19): Philadelphia 115, Boston 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 22): Boston 102, Philadelphia 100
This was the 18th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning nine of the first 17 meetings.

NBA Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (1) Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 27): Boston 148, Los Angeles 114 ("Memorial Day Massacre")
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 30): Los Angeles 109, Boston 102
  • Game 3 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 2): Los Angeles 136, Boston 111 (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Jerry West's all-time playoff scoring record)
  • Game 4 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 5): Boston 107, Los Angeles 105 (Dennis Johnson hits the game-winner at the buzzer)
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 7): Los Angeles 120, Boston 111
  • Game 6 @ Boston Garden, Boston (June 9): Los Angeles 111, Boston 100 (The Lakers become the first road team to win the NBA title in Boston Garden)
This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning the first eight meetings.

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External links

  • Basketball-Reference.com's 1985 NBA Playoffs page
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