Record: 69-13 (1st in Pacific Division)
Finish: Won NBA Finals (4-1) against New York Knicks
Points score/game: 121.0 (1st of 17)
Points allowed/game: 108.7 (6th)
Points differential: 12.3
Key stat: 103.1 Offensive Rating (1st)
Head coach: Bill Sharman
Notable players: Center Wilt Chamberlain, guards Gail Goodrich and Jerry West
Bottom line: This team went 69 days without a loss in the regular season. Sixty-nine. Days. My gosh, Charles Barkley couldn’t untie his tongue in 69 days.
The Lakers' roster featured the league logo (Jerry West) among four Hall of Famers plus another (Elgin Baylor) who was forced to retire nine games into the season. The next night, the Lake Show began their epic 33-game win streak that has yet to be seriously threatened.
They didn’t dominate the postseason nearly as much, but in the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks, the last two league champs, they were required to beat tough competition.
So, yeah, I would take my chances with this Lakers team against any opponent, any place, any time.
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