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1982 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Los Angeles Lakers Pat Riley 4
Philadelphia 76ers Billy Cunningham 2
Dates: May 27–June 8
MVP: Magic Johnson
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Eastern Finals: 76ers defeated Celtics, 4–3
Western Finals: Lakers defeated Spurs, 4–0

The 1982 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1981–82 season, the top level of competition in men's professional basketball in North America.

The series saw the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers face the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers. It was a rematch of the 1980 NBA Finals. Just like in their previous Finals matchup, the Lakers won the series 4 games to 2.

The 1982 NBA Finals documentary "Something To Prove" recaps all the action of this series. It was the last NBA video documentary to exclusively use film in all on-court action. Dick Stockton narrated the documentary, with the condensed USA Network version narrated by Al Albert.

The series ended June 8, later than any previous NBA Finals. The previous record was June 7, 1978. This record was eclipsed two years later when the finals ended on June 12, 1984.

1982 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion) Philadelphia 76ers (Eastern Conference Champion)
57–25 (.695)

1st Pacific, 1st West, 3rd Overall

Regular season 58–24 (.707)

2nd Atlantic, 3rd East, 2nd Overall

Earned first-round bye First Round Defeated the (6) Atlanta Hawks, 2–0
Defeated the (5) Phoenix Suns, 4–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (2) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–2
Defeated the (2) San Antonio Spurs, 4–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Boston Celtics, 4–3

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Away Team
Game 1 May 27 Philadelphia 117–124 Los Angeles
Game 2 May 30 Philadelphia 110–94 Los Angeles
Game 3 June 1 Los Angeles 129–108 Philadelphia
Game 4 June 3 Los Angeles 111–101 Philadelphia
Game 5 June 6 Philadelphia 135–102 Los Angeles
Game 6 June 8 Los Angeles 114–104 Philadelphia
Preceded by
NBA Finals
Succeeded by