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1987 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Los Angeles Lakers Pat Riley 4
Boston Celtics K.C. Jones 2
Dates: June 2–14
MVP: Magic Johnson
(Los Angeles Lakers)
Eastern Finals: Celtics defeated Pistons, 4–3
Western Finals: Lakers defeated SuperSonics, 4–0

The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1986–87 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the defending NBA champion and Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics 4 games to 2. The key moment of the series was Magic Johnson's junior skyhook in Game 4. This was the tenth time that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals (more than any other Finals matchup). It would be the Celtics' last Finals appearance until the two teams met in 2008.

This was the first NBA Championship Series conducted entirely in June. The last time there were no NBA Championship Series games in May was in the 1970–71 season, when the finals (a four-game sweep that year) ended on April 30. It is also the first NBA Finals series to be conducted on a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday rotation, which was in use until 1990 and revived since the 2004 NBA Finals; in between the NBA Finals were conducted on a Sunday-Wednesday-Friday rotation.

1987 NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champion) Boston Celtics (Eastern Conference Champion)
65–17 (.793)

1st Pacific, 1st West, 1st Overall

Regular season 59–23 (.720)

1st Atlantic, 1st East, 2nd Overall

Defeated the (8) Denver Nuggets, 3–0 First Round Defeated the (8) Chicago Bulls, 3–0
Defeated the (5) Golden State Warriors, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–3
Defeated the (7) Seattle SuperSonics, 4–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (3) Detroit Pistons, 4–3

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 2 Los Angeles 126–113 Boston
Game 2 June 4 Los Angeles 141–122 Boston
Game 3 June 7 Boston 109–103 Los Angeles
Game 4 June 9 Boston 106–107 Los Angeles
Game 5 June 11 Boston 123–108 Los Angeles
Game 6 June 14 Los Angeles 106–93 Boston
Preceded by
1986
NBA Finals
1987
Succeeded by
1988
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