The Los Angeles Lakers followed up their historic blowout win over Cleveland Tuesday night with a hard-fought comeback road win on Wednesday night in Golden State, and return home winners of six straight and eight out of nine games. They host the 10-win New Jersey Nets on Friday night, in what will be the 41st game of the season for the Lakers. As the halfway point approaches, the Lakers have an excellent chance to get a milestone win.
Sixty wins has always been the hallmark for great teams in the NBA. At 29-11, the Lakers with a win on Friday will get halfway there at the exact halfway point of the season. The NBA switched to an 82-game season in the 1967-1968 season. In the 43 seasons since, the Lakers have won at least 30 games 13 times. Here is how those teams have fared:
|Best First Halves In Lakers History|
|1985-86||32-9||62-20|| lost Conf Finals
|1982-83||32-9||58-24|| lost NBA Finals
|1997-98||31-10||61-21|| lost Conf Finals
|1989-90||31-10||63-19|| lost 2nd round
|1972-73||31-10||60-22|| lost NBA Finals
|1990-91||30-11||58-24|| lost NBA Finals
That's a pretty good track record; in 10 of the 13 seasons, the Lakers have advanced to the NBA Finals, winning seven titles. While starting 30-11 is by no means a guarantee of future success, it's a good start.
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