Lakers' playoff history

Originally Published: April 29, 2004

SERIES BY SERIES BREAKDOWN
2003-04
Defeated Houston, 4-1, first round
2002-03
Defeated Minnesota, 4-2, first round
Lost to San Antonio, 4-2, conference semifinals
2001-02
Defeated Portland, 3-0, first round
Defeated San Antonio, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Sacramento, 4-3, conference finals
Defeated New Jersey, 4-0, NBA Finals
2000-01
Defeated Portland, 3-0, first round
Defeated Sacramento, 4-0, conference semifinals
Defeated San Antonio, 4-0, conference finals
Defeated Philadelphia, 4-1, NBA Finals
1999-00
Defeated Sacramento, 3-2, first round
Defeated Phoenix, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Portland, 4-3, conference finals
Defeated Indiana, 4-2, NBA Finals
1998-99
Defeated Houston, 3-1, first round
Lost to San Antonio, 4-0, conference semifinals
1997-98
Defeated Portland, 3-1, first round
Defeated Seattle, 4-1, conference semifinals
Lost to Utah, 4-0, conference finals
1996-97
Defeated Portland, 3-1, first round
Lost to Utah, 4-1, conference semifinals
1995-96
Lost to Houston, 3-1, first round
1994-95
Defeated Seattle, 3-1, first round
Lost to San Antonio, 4-2, conference semifinals
1992-93
Lost to Phoenix, 3-2, first round
1991-92
Lost to Portland, 3-1, first round
1990-91
Defeated Houston, 3-0, first round
Defeated Golden State, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Portland, 4-2, conference finals
Lost to Chicago, 4-1, NBA Finals
1989-90
Defeated Houston, 3-1, first round
Lost to Phoenix, 4-1, conference semifinals
1988-89
Defeated Portland, 3-0, first round
Defeated Seattle, 4-0, conference semifinals
Defeated Phoenix, 4-0, conference finals
Lost to Detroit, 4-0, NBA Finals
1987-88
Defeated San Antonio, 3-0, first round
Defeated Utah, 4-3, conference semifinals
Defeated Dallas, 4-3, conference finals
Defeated Detroit, 4-3, NBA Finals
1986-87
Defeated Denver, 3-0, first round
Defeated Golden State, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Seattle, 4-0, conference finals
Defeated Boston, 4-2, NBA Finals
1985-86
Defeated San Antonio, 3-0, first round
Defeated Dallas, 4-2, conference semifinals
Lost to Houston, 4-1, conference finals
1984-85
Defeated Phoenix, 3-0, first round
Defeated Portland, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Denver, 4-1, conference finals
Defeated Boston, 4-2, NBA Finals
1983-84
Defeated Kansas City, 3-0, first round
Defeated Dallas, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Phoenix, 4-2, conference finals
Lost to Boston, 4-3, NBA Finals
1982-83
Defeated Portland, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated San Antonio, 4-2, conference finals
Lost to Philadelphia, 4-0, NBA Finals
1981-82
Defeated Phoenix, 4-0, conference semifinals
Defeated San Antonio, 4-0, conference finals
Defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, NBA Finals
1980-81
Lost to Houston, 2-1, first round
1979-80
Defeated Phoenix, 4-1, conference semifinals
Defeated Seattle, 4-1, conference finals
Defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, NBA Finals
1978-79
Defeated Denver, 2-1, first round
Lost to Seattle, 4-1, conference semifinals
1977-78
Lost to Seattle, 2-1, first round
1976-77
Defeated Golden State, 4-3, first round
Lost to Portland, 4-0, conference semifinals
1973-74
Lost to Milwaukee, 4-1, first round
1972-73
Defeated Chicago, 4-3, first round
Lost to Golden State, 4-1, conference semifinals
1971-72
Defeated Chicago, 4-0, conference semifinals
Defeated Milwaukee, 4-2, conference finals
Defeated New York, 4-1, NBA Finals
1970-71
Defeated Chicago, 4-3, conference semifinals
Lost to Milwaukee, 4-1, conference finals
1969-70
Defeated Phoenix, 4-3, conference semifinals
Defeated Atlanta, 4-0, conference finals
Lost to New York, 4-3, NBA Finals
1968-69
Defeated San Francisco, 4-2, division semifinals
Defeated Atlanta, 4-1, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-3, NBA Finals
1967-68
Defeated Chicago, 4-1, division semifinals
Defeated San Francisco, 4-0, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-2, NBA Finals
1966-67
Lost to San Francisco, 3-0, division semifinals
1965-66
Defeated St. Louis, 4-3, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-3, NBA Finals
1964-65
Defeated Baltimore, 4-2, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-1, NBA Finals
1963-64
Lost to St. Louis, 3-2, division semifinals
1962-63
Defeated St. Louis, 4-3, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-2, NBA Finals
1961-62
Defeated Detroit, 4-2, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-3, NBA Finals
1960-61
Defeated Detroit, 3-2, division semifinals
Lost to St. Louis, 4-3, division finals
1959-60
Defeated Detroit, 2-0, division semifinals
Lost to St. Louis, 4-3, division finals
1958-59
Defeated Detroit, 2-1, division semifinals
Defeated St. Louis, 4-2, division finals
Lost to Boston, 4-0, NBA Finals
1956-57
Lost to St. Louis, division tiebreaker
Defeated Fort Wayne, 2-0, division semifinals
Lost to St. Louis, 3-0, division finals
1955-56
Defeated St. Louis, second-place game
Lost to St. Louis, 2-1, division semifinals
1954-55
Defeated Rochester, 2-1, division semifinals
Lost to Fort Wayne, 3-1, division finals
1953-54
Defeated Rochester and Fort Wayne, 3-0, round-robin
Defeated Rochester, 2-1, division finals
Defeated Syracuse, 4-3, NBA Finals
1952-53
Defeated Indianapolis, 2-0, division semifinals
Defeated Fort Wayne, 3-2, division finals
Defeated New York, 4-1, NBA Finals
1951-52
Defeated Indianapolis, 2-0, division semifinals
Defeated Rochester, 3-1, division finals
Defeated New York, 4-3, NBA Finals
1950-51
Defeated Indianapolis, 2-1, division semifinals
Lost to Rochester, 3-1, division finals
1949-50
Defeated Rochester, first-place game
Defeated Chicago, 2-0, division semifinals
Defeated Fort Wayne, 2-0, division finals
Defeated Anderson, 2-0, NBA semifinals
Defeated Syracuse, 4-2, NBA Finals
1948-49
Defeated Chicago, 2-0, division semifinals
Defeated Rochester, 2-0, division finals
Defeated Washington, 4-2, NBA Finals