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West scores 39
Jerry West scores two of his 39 points in Game 4 of a 1964 first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Hawks and Bob Petit to help force a deciding Game 5, which was won by St. Louis. (LAT file photo)
West broken hand
Jerry West leaves the court with a broken hand during a 1967 first-round playoff series against the San Francisco Warriors. West had just returned to the lineup after recovering from an ankle injury, only to break his right hand 56 seconds into a 122-115 loss. (File photo)
Lakers West in 69 loss
Jerry West scored 42 points in Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals at the Forum, but the Boston Celtics won the series with a 108-106 victory in Bill Russell’s final game. It was the sixth time in the decade that the Celtics won a title by defeating the Lakers. (LAT file photo)
Lakers Wilt and Walt Frazier
The New York Knicks and Walt Frazier were no match for the Lakers and Wilt Chamberlain in the 1972 NBA Finals. The Lakers won this game, 114-100, at the Forum and took the series, four games to one. (LAT file photo)
West reverses trend
After losing seven times in the NBA Finals, including four series that went to a seventh game, Jerry West and the Lakers found redemption against the New York Knicks in 1972, winning the NBA Finals in five games. (LAT file photo)
Lakers Wilt and Lucas
The Lakers’ Wilt Chamberlain gets some lift off the shoulder of the Knicks’ Jerry Lucas during a 1972 NBA Finals game at Madison Square Garden. At left is the Knicks’ Dave DeBusschere. (File photo)
Lakers Magic and Kareem
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson celebrate a 111-105 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1980 playoffs. The two would lead the Lakers to the NBA championship by defeating Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. (AP file photo)
Lakers NBA champs sign
Although this fan was premature, declaring them champions after defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in the Western Conference finals, the sign would prove true when the Lakers dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the NBA Finals. (LAT file photo)
Lakers Dr. J and Kareem
Julius Erving and the 76ers reversed their NBA Finals losing trend in 1983 by sweeping the Lakers. The difference was Moses Malone, who was acquired in 1982. This Dr. J reverse layup was from Game 5 in 1980. (AP file photo)
Lakers vs. Suns tip-off
The Lakers and Suns get ready for the Game 2 tip-off in a 1982 Western Conference semifinal series at the Forum. The Lakers would win the game, 117-98, and eventually defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons. (LAT file photo)
Lakers Rambis vs. Bird
The Lakers’ Kurt Rambis gets a rebound in front of Boston’s Larry Bird during Game 6 of the 1984 NBA Finals. The Lakers would win the game, 119-108, but the Celtics won Game 7 to take the title. (LAT file photo)
Lakers Rambis-Ainge
The Lakers’ Kurt Rambis is pinned to the floor by Boston’s Danny Ainge and Larry Bird while scrambling for a loose ball in Game 3 of the 1985 NBA Finals. The Lakers won the game at the Forum, 136-111, en route to capturing the championship in six games. (LAT file photo)
Lakers ainge johnson bird
The Lakers’ Magic Johnson holds back Boston’s Danny Ainge as players separated Ainge and Byron Scott during Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. Boston won the game, 148-114, at Boston Garden but the Lakers captured the championship series in six games. (LAT file photo)
Lakers kareem picked by bird
Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tries to avoid the pick of Boston forward Larry Bird while defending Celtics center Robert Parish during Game 2 of the 1987 NBA Finals. The Lakers won the high-scoring game, 141-122, and went on to take the series in six games. (LAT file photo)
Lakers 1987 celebration
Magic Johnson and his Lakers teammates celebrate the series-clinching victory to the 1987 NBA Finals. (LAT file photo)
Lakers kareem vinnie johnson
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Detroit’s Vinnie Johnson get tangled during Game 2 of the 1988 NBA Finals. The Lakers would win the game, 108-96, en route to a capturing the championship in seven games. It would be the last title for the Lakers teams featuring the Kareem-Magic Johnson combination. (LAT file photo)
Lakers riley gagged at celebration
Lakers Coach Pat Riley was gagged during the celebration at City Hall following the 1988 NBA championship so he wouldn’t guarantee another title. (LAT file photo)
Lakers bench in 91
Players on the Lakers bench -- from left, A.C. Green, Vlade Divac, Mychal Thompson and Tony Smith with Irving Thomas on the floor -- watch overtime play during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals in 1991. The Lakers would win the game, 124-119, but go on to lose in the NBA Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. (LAT file photo)
Lakers magic vs. jordan
Magic Johnson squared off against Michael Jordan in the 1991 NBA Finals, five months before Johnson’s announcement that he had HIV. The Bulls would defeat the Lakers in five games to claim the championship series. (LAT file photo)
Lakers kobe shaq first title
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had a moment to relax after winning their first title together in the 2000 NBA Finals. The two kicked back after a 116-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 at Staples Center. Bryant is holding the championship trophy and O’Neal has his Finals MVP trophy. (LAT file photo)
Lakers shaq in 2001
Shaquille O’Neal celebrates in the locker room after the Lakers won the 2001 NBA championship with a 108-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the fifth game of the series. (LAT file photo)
Lakers robert horry game-winning shot
Robert Horry’s three-point shot over the outstretched arm of Sacramento’s Chris Webber in the final seconds of Game 4 evened the Western Conference finals in 2002. The 100-99 victory propeled the Lakers toward their third consecutive championship. (AP file photo)
Lakers jackson fox celebrate 2002
Coach Phil Jackson hugs Rick Fox after the Lakers swept New Jersey in the 2002 NBA Finals for their third consecutive championship. Fox was an invaluable role player for the team, helping Jackson collect his ninth title as a coach. (LAT file photo)