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1951–52 Minneapolis Lakers season
Head coach John Kundla
Arena Minneapolis Auditorium
Results
Record 40–26 (.606)
Place Division: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish Won NBA Finals
Minneapolis Lakers seasons
< 1950–51 1952–53 >

The 1951–52 NBA season was the franchise's 6th season in the NBA. The NBA widened the foul lane before the 1951–52 season in an attempt to slow down George Mikan. Despite the change, it had little effect on Mikan. He still averaged 23.8 points per game, although he lost the scoring title to Paul Arizin, from the Philadelphia Warriors.[1] The Lakers went into the campaign with essentially the same lineup. Rochester took first place in the Western Division by a game, but the Lakers ousted the Royals in four games in the division finals. The NBA Finals would have the Lakers oppose the New York Knickerbockers.[1] Games 3 and 4 of the Finals were played at the 69th Regiment Armory instead of at Madison Square Garden. This was because the circus was in town. The teams split those games, and Games 5 and 6 as well. Game 7 was dominated by Minneapolis. The Lakers pounded out an 82–65 win at home to claim their second NBA crown in three years.[1]

Contents

Offseason

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NBA Draft

Regular season

Season standings

Team W L PCT. GB
Rochester Royals 41 25 .621 -
Minneapolis Lakers C 40 26 .606 1
Indianapolis Olympians 34 32 .515 7
Fort Wayne Pistons 29 37 .439 12
Milwaukee Hawks 17 49 .258 24

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C - NBA Champions

Season Schedule

Player stats

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs

NBA Finals

Awards and honors

References

Preceded by
Rochester Royals
1951
NBA Champions
Minneapolis Lakers

1952, 1953, and 1954
Succeeded by
Syracuse Nationals
1955

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