Coach: Pat Riley
Key players: C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, PG Magic Johnson
Regular-season record: 65-17 (.793)
Postseason record: 15-3 (.833)
How they finished: Won NBA Finals (4-2) versus the Boston Celtics
Bottom line: This Lakers team was out for blood. After losing in the Western Conference finals to the Houston Rockets the year before, the Lakers wanted to get back to the NBA Finals and win a championship.
Led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, the Lakers steamrolled through the regular season, winning 65 games. Johnson averaged 23.9 points and 12.2 assists, and Abdul-Jabbar averaged 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.
The Lakers powered their way through the Western Conference playoffs, losing only once to the Warriors.
Then, the Lakers beat their rivals, the Larry Bird-led Boston Celtics, in six games to claim the NBA title. It was a revenge title for the ages.