|Los Angeles Lakers||Pat Riley|
The Los Angeles Lakers
1985-1988 – NBA Finals Winner 85′ 87′ 88′ 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. The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1986 – 1987 NBA season.
On April 20, 1986, in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Celtics, Jordan scored his legendary 63 points, a record that still stands. … Despite Jordan’s skills, the Bulls were once again swept by the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
This was one of only two times that James got swept in the Finals, both coming with the Cavs. The other came in 2018 against the Golden State Warriors during his second stint with the team. A Finals sweep has never gone in James’ favor.
It was Michael Jordan’s first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson’s last, and the last NBA Finals for the Lakers until 2000. The Bulls would win the series, 4–1.
The Jordan Rules were a successful defensive basketball strategy employed by the Detroit Pistons against Michael Jordan in order to limit his effectiveness in any game.
The 1988–89 NBA season was the Bulls’ 23rd season in the National Basketball Association. … In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls defeated the heavily favored 3rd-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in five games, and the heavily favored New York Knicks in six games in the semifinals.
1985 NBA Finals/Champion
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 38 years old, and he looked every bit of it on May 27, 1985, as the Boston Celtics whipped the L.A. Lakers 148-114 to open the NBA Finals.
|Cedric Maxwell, #31 of the Boston Celtics vs Magic Johnson, #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers, in the 1985 NBA Finals|
|Team Coach Wins Los Angeles Lakers Pat Riley 4 Boston Celtics K. C. Jones 2|
|Dates||May 27–June 9|
|MVP||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)|
1979 NBA Finals/Champion
The 1979 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association’s 1978–79 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics defeating the Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.
|Team Coach Wins Boston Celtics Bill Fitch 4 Houston Rockets Del Harris 2|
|MVP||Cedric Maxwell (Boston Celtics)|
1986 NBA Finals/Champion
The 1985–86 NBA season was the 40th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their third championship of the decade, beating the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.
|Coach of the Year||Don Nelson, MIL||W-L: 51-31, PLAYOFFS: 5-4, CAREER: 1335-1063, EXP: 31 years|
|Finals MVP*||Moses Malone, PHI||No stats available.|
|All-NBA 1st Team||Magic Johnson, LAL||No stats available.|
|Dates||April 17–June 8, 1986|
|Champions||Boston Celtics (16th title)|
|Runners-up||Houston Rockets (2nd finals appearance)|
Originally Answered: How many times did Michael Jordan lose in the first round? 3 times he lost the series in the first round. And a total of 15 games from 84 to 98 in the first rounds. In case you are wondering, He lost the series twice in the conference finals and twice in the conference semi finals.
That is one fabulous piece of statistic! However, he has lost 7 out of 13 times that he made it to the playoffs. Out of these seven years of playoff defeat, Michael lost 3 in the first round, 2 in conference semi-finals, and 2 in conference finals.
Michael Jordan lost 11 times in the NBA Finals in his career.
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