1982 NBA Playoffs

The 1982 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1981-1982 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers, four games to two in the NBA Finals. The Lakers won their eighth NBA championship (third in Los Angeles) and Magic Johnson won his second NBA Finals MVP award.

It was the second NBA Finals meeting in the last three years between the Lakers and Sixers, and ended with the same result-- a six-game Lakers victory-- as the previous confrontation. The Lakers and Sixers would meet once more the following year, with Philadelphia getting its revenge in a four-game sweep.

The Washington Bullets' two-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets would be their last playoff series victory for 23 years; they would not advance to the second round again until 2005.

Bracket

4RoundBracket-Byes | RD1=1st Round

RD1=First Round
RD2=Conference Semifinals
RD3=Conference Finals
RD4=NBA Finals
group1=Western Conference
group2=Eastern Conference

RD1-seed03=4
RD1-team03=Denver
RD1-score03=1
RD1-seed04=5
RD1-team04=Phoenix
RD1-score04=2

RD1-seed05=3
RD1-team05=Seattle
RD1-score05=2
RD1-seed06=6
RD1-team06=Houston
RD1-score06=1

RD1-seed11=4
RD1-team11=New Jersey
RD1-score11=0
RD1-seed12=5
RD1-team12=Washington
RD1-score12=2

RD1-seed13=3
RD1-team13=Philadelphia
RD1-score13=2
RD1-seed14=6
RD1-team14=Atlanta
RD1-score14=0

RD2-seed01=1
RD2-team01=Los Angeles
RD2-score01=4
RD2-seed02=5
RD2-team02=Phoenix
RD2-score02=0

RD2-seed03=3
RD2-team03=Seattle
RD2-score03=1
RD2-seed04=2
RD2-team04=San Antonio
RD2-score04=4

RD2-seed05=1
RD2-team05=Boston
RD2-score05=4
RD2-seed06=5
RD2-team06=Washington
RD2-score06=1

RD2-seed07=3
RD2-team07=Philadelphia
RD2-score07=4
RD2-seed08=2
RD2-team08=Milwaukee
RD2-score08=2

RD3-seed01=1
RD3-team01=Los Angeles
RD3-score01=4
RD3-seed02=2
RD3-team02=San Antonio
RD3-score02=0

RD3-seed03=1
RD3-team03=Boston
RD3-score03=3
RD3-seed04=3
RD3-team04=Philadelphia
RD3-score04=4

RD4-seed01=W1
RD4-team01=Los Angeles
RD4-score01=4
RD4-seed02=E3
RD4-team02=Philadelphia
RD4-score02=2

Western Conference

First Round

(3) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (6) Houston Rockets
"SuperSonics win series 2-1"
*Game 1 @ Seattle: Seattle 102, Houston 87
*Game 2 @ Houston: Houston 91, Seattle 70
*Game 3 @ Seattle: Seattle 104, Houston 83

(4) Denver Nuggets vs. (5) Phoenix Suns
"Suns win series 2-1"
*Game 1 @ Denver: Denver 129, Phoenix 113
*Game 2 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 126, Denver 110
*Game 3 @ Denver: Phoenix 124, Denver 119

Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns
"Lakers win series 4-0"
*Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 115, Phoenix 96
*Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 117, Phoenix 98
*Game 3 @ Phoenix: Los Angeles 114, Phoenix 106
*Game 4 @ Phoenix: Los Angeles 112, Phoenix 107

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics
"Spurs win series 4-1"
*Game 1 @ Seattle: San Antonio 95, Seattle 93
*Game 2 @ Seattle: Seattle 114, San Antonio 99
*Game 3 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 99, Seattle 97
*Game 4 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 115, Seattle 113
*Game 5 @ Seattle: San Antonio 109, Seattle 103

Conference Finals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs
"Lakers win series 4-0"
*Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 128, San Antonio 117
*Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 110, San Antonio 101
*Game 3 @ San Antonio: Los Angeles 118, San Antonio 108
*Game 4 @ San Antonio: Los Angeles 128, San Antonio 123

Eastern Conference

First Round

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Atlanta Hawks
"76ers win series 2-0"
*Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 111, Atlanta 76
*Game 2 @ Atlanta: Philadelphia 98, Atlanta 95

(4) New Jersey Nets vs. (5) Washington Bullets
"Bullets win series 2-0"
*Game 1 @ New Jersey: Washington 96, New Jersey 83
*Game 2 @ Washington: Washington 103, New Jersey 92

Conference Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Washington Bullets
"Celtics win series 4-1"
*Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 109, Washington 91
*Game 2 @ Boston: Washington 103, Boston 102
*Game 3 @ Washington: Boston 92, Washington 83
*Game 4 @ Washington: Boston 103, Washington 99
*Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 131, Washington 126

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers
"76ers win series 4-2"
*Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 125, Milwaukee 122
*Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 120, Milwaukee 108
*Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 92, Philadelphia 91
*Game 4 @ Milwaukee: Philadelphia 100, Milwaukee 93
*Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Milwaukee 110, Philadelphia 98
*Game 6 @ Milwaukee: Philadelphia 102, Milwaukee 90

Conference Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers
"76ers win series 4-3"
*Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 121, Philadelphia 81
*Game 2 @ Boston: Philadelphia 121, Boston 113
*Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 99, Boston 97
*Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 119, Boston 94
*Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 114, Philadelphia 85
*Game 6 @ Philadelphia: Boston 88, Philadelphia 75
*Game 7 @ Boston: Philadelphia 120, Boston 106

The Celtics were not able to overcome a 3-1 series deficit for the second straight year losing Game 7 at home badly. The Boston Garden Crowd in Game 7 chanted "Beat LA! Beat LA!" to the victorious Sixers.

NBA Finals

(W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E3) Philadelphia 76ers
"Lakers win series 4-2"
*Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Los Angeles 124, Philadelphia 117
*Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 110, Los Angeles 94
*Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 129, Philadelphia 108
*Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 111, Philadelphia 101
*Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 135, Los Angeles 102
*Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 114, Philadelphia 104

Despite not having Homecourt Advantage. The Lakers took Game 1 in Philadelphia and then the home team won every other game in the series. The Lakers won the series in 6 games and the Sixers would have to wait 12 more months to get their revenge.

External links

* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_1982.html Basketball-Reference.com's 1982 NBA Playoffs page]


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