On This Date in NBA History: May 22, The 1985 Lakers Won Western Conference Finals

November 16, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NBA players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Irvin “Magic” Johnson and James Worthy on stage during the ceremony unveiling the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue in front of the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

1985 – The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the Western Conference Finals series victory after beating the Denver Nuggets in Game 5, 153-109. James Worthy led the way with 25 points that night. Magic Johnson also chipped in 17 points and a whopping 19 assists as the Lakers scored the third-most points ever in a playoff game.

Worthy represented the Lakers at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, but he did not perform as well on Tuesday. The lottery balls brought Los Angeles the seventh overall pick in the draft. The Lakers’ roster is not in a very good position heading into the draft, so it will be difficult for them to make the 2015 playoffs.

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