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On This Date in NBA History: May 7, The Lakers Won the 1972 Finals

November 16, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former pro basketball players, Norm Nixon, Irvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and coach Bill Sharman and coach Pat Riley on stage after the ceremony unveiling the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue in front of the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

1972 – With a 114-100 Los Angeles Lakers victory over the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers won the championship. Bill Sharman coached this 1972 Lakers team, and it was his only NBA title. Gail Goodrich had a team-high 25 points in that game.

Since that championship, the Lakers have won a combined 2,446 games in the regular season and playoffs, by far the most in the NBA. The second-highest total in that span is 2,173 by the Boston Celtics. Although the Lakers have been very successful over the last four decades, they may be in store for another lottery season in 2014-15.

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