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The 1985 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1984-85 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, four games to two, in the NBA Finals. The Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named NBA Finals MVP for the second time in his long career (he had won the award under his former name, Lew Alcindor, as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971).

The Lakers had been unsuccessful in their eight previous attempts to defeat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, losing seven times from 1959 to 1969 and also in the previous year's championship series. To put the icing on the cake, the Lakers won the championship at the Boston Garden, becoming the only opposing team to win a title on the Celtics' home floor.

The 1985 playoffs marked the return of the Cleveland Cavaliers to the postseason; they had last made the playoffs in 1978 and gave the Celtics their stiffest challenge in the opening round.

The 1985 playoffs marked the first time that all three teams from the state of Texas made the playoffs in the same year.


  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
1  L.A. Lakers 3  
8  Phoenix 0  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4  
  5  Portland 1  
4  Dallas 1
5  Portland 3  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4  
Western Conference
  2  Denver 1  
3  Houston 2  
6  Utah 3  
  6  Utah 1
  2  Denver 4  
2  Denver 3
7  San Antonio 2  
  W1  L.A. Lakers 4
  E1  Boston 2
1  Boston 3  
8  Cleveland 1  
  1  Boston 4
  4  Detroit 2  
4  Detroit 3
5  New Jersey 0  
  1  Boston 4
Eastern Conference
  3  Philadelphia 1  
3  Philadelphia 3  
6  Washington 1  
  3  Philadelphia 4
  2  Milwaukee 0  
2  Milwaukee 3
7  Chicago 1  

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