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1984–85 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS, TBS
Regular season
Season MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
Top scorer Bernard King (New York)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
Eastern runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
Western runners-up Denver Nuggets
Finals
Finals champions Los Angeles Lakers
Runners-up Boston Celtics
Finals MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)

The 1984–85 NBA season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.


Notable occurrences

  • The 1985 NBA All-Star Game was played at Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the West defeating the East 140-129. Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets wins the game's MVP award.
  • Michael Jordan became the only rookie in NBA history to lead a team in four statistics (points, assists, rebounds, steals).
  • The Clippers relocated from San Diego, California to Los Angeles, California.
  • Turner Broadcasting began a relationship with the NBA that has spanned over 20 years (and still continues today) when TBS signed a 2 year, 20 million dollar deal with the NBA.
  • The Kings played their final game in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved their franchise to Sacramento, California the following season. In one of their final home games, New York Knicks forward Bernard King, who finished the year as the scoring champion, ruptured his ACL in his right knee and was out of action for two years. King would come back in 1987, but would not return to the All-Star Game until 1991.
  • This season marked Michael Jordan's, Hakeem Olajuwon's, Charles Barkley's and John Stockton's rookie season in the NBA.
  • Due to a roof collapse at the Pontiac Silverdome, the Pistons were forced to rent the Joe Louis Arena for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.
  • At age 38, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the oldest player to ever win the honor of Finals MVP. Kareem's team, the Los Angeles Lakers, became the first visiting team to win the NBA title at Boston Garden, beating their archrivals, the Boston Celtics, in six games.
  • The Finals adopted the 2-3-2 format still used to this day.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers returned to the playoffs after a seven-year absence. They were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in four games. They would not make the playoffs again until 1988. The Cavaliers were coached by George Karl, then making his NBA coaching debut.
  • At New Orleans' Lakefront Arena (where the Atlanta Hawks played 12 of 41 home games that season), Larry Bird scored a Boston Celtics franchise record 60 points in Boston's 126-115 victory over the Hawks on March 12. Bird broke the previous franchise record set by teammate Kevin McHale (56) nine days earlier at Boston Garden against the Detroit Pistons.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 -
Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5
New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21
Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720 -
Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 13
Chicago Bulls 38 44 .463 21
Cleveland Cavaliers 36 46 .439 23
Atlanta Hawks 34 48 .415 25
Indiana Pacers 22 60 .268 37

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Denver Nuggets 52 30 .634 -
Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 4
Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 8
San Antonio Spurs 41 41 .500 11
Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 11
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 21
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers C 62 20 .756 -
Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31
Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31
Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Bernard King New York Knicks 32.9
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers 13.1
Assists per game Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons 13.9
Steals per game Micheal Ray Richardson New Jersey Nets 3.0
Blocks per game Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 5.6
FG% James Donaldson Los Angeles Clippers 63.7
FT% Kyle Macy Phoenix Suns 90.7
3FG% Byron Scott Los Angeles Lakers 43.3

NBA awards

Yearly awards

Player of the week

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Oct. 26 – Nov. 4 Larry Nance (Phoenix Suns)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 Alex English (Denver Nuggets)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 Moses Malone (Philadelphia 76ers)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 Bernard King (New York Knicks)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Jack Sikma (Seattle SuperSonics)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9 Orlando Woolridge (Chicago Bulls)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16 Derek Smith (Los Angeles Clippers)
Dec. 17 – Dec. 23 Terry Cummings (Milwaukee Bucks)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30 Micheal Ray Richardson (New Jersey Nets)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13 World B. Free (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 Tom McMillen (Washington Bullets)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 17 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24 Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3 Sleepy Floyd (Golden State Warriors)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10 Darrell Griffith (Utah Jazz)
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17 Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31 Calvin Natt (Denver Nuggets)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7 Derek Smith (Los Angeles Clippers)
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14 Micheal Ray Richardson (New Jersey Nets)

Player of the month

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Alex English (Denver Nuggets)
December Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
January Terry Cummings (Milwaukee Bucks)
February Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
March Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)

Rookie of the month

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
December Akeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
January Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
February Akeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
March (tie) Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
March (tie) Akeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

Coach of the month

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Doug Moe (Denver Nuggets)
December Don Nelson (Milwaukee Bucks)
January Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)
February George Karl (Cleveland Cavaliers)
March Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers)

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