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1987 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Finals MVP: Magic Johnson (26.2/8.0/13.0)

1987 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Larry Bird (622)
TRB: Larry Bird (231)
AST: Magic Johnson (219)
WS: Magic Johnson (3.7)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-2): Los Angeles Lakers over Boston Celtics (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-3): Boston Celtics over Detroit Pistons (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-0): Los Angeles Lakers over Seattle SuperSonics (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): Boston Celtics over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-1): Detroit Pistons over Atlanta Hawks (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-1): Los Angeles Lakers over Golden State Warriors (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-2): Seattle SuperSonics over Houston Rockets (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference First Round (3-1): Atlanta Hawks over Indiana Pacers (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference First Round (3-0): Boston Celtics over Chicago Bulls (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference First Round (3-0): Detroit Pistons over Washington Bullets (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): Milwaukee Bucks over Philadelphia 76ers (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Golden State Warriors over Utah Jazz (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (3-1): Houston Rockets over Portland Trail Blazers (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (3-0): Los Angeles Lakers over Denver Nuggets (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (3-1): Seattle SuperSonics over Dallas Mavericks (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Los Angeles Lakers 18 4320 806 1545 .522 43 119 .361 763 1426 .535 515 656 .785 234 574 808 510 142 116 262 408 2170 120.6
2 Milwaukee Bucks 12 2980 529 1114 .475 22 84 .262 507 1030 .492 338 425 .795 160 317 477 298 117 56 144 337 1418 118.2
3 Dallas Mavericks 4 960 175 356 .492 2 25 .080 173 331 .523 114 152 .750 61 118 179 88 27 17 59 99 466 116.5
4 Boston Celtics 23 5595 980 1944 .504 52 154 .338 928 1790 .518 589 728 .809 264 682 946 624 124 116 327 536 2601 113.1
5 Philadelphia 76ers 5 1225 215 434 .495 5 20 .250 210 414 .507 127 164 .774 72 151 223 126 35 40 86 135 562 112.4
6 Seattle Supersonics 14 3435 604 1310 .461 30 94 .319 574 1216 .472 304 406 .749 243 374 617 379 120 78 198 412 1542 110.1
7 Houston Rockets 10 2475 411 833 .493 8 43 .186 403 790 .510 267 346 .772 141 294 435 252 62 72 181 258 1097 109.7
8 Detroit Pistons 15 3600 647 1297 .499 14 45 .311 633 1252 .506 331 445 .744 221 448 669 356 104 73 204 381 1639 109.3
9 Portland Trail Blazers 4 960 161 345 .467 4 15 .267 157 330 .476 109 142 .768 61 109 170 91 34 15 61 106 435 108.8
10 Denver Nuggets 3 720 133 305 .436 4 18 .222 129 287 .449 55 84 .655 46 88 134 80 22 11 44 88 325 108.3
11 Golden State Warriors 10 2400 422 894 .472 22 51 .431 400 843 .474 205 254 .807 145 242 387 251 102 46 156 269 1071 107.1
12 Utah Jazz 5 1200 188 413 .455 13 32 .406 175 381 .459 115 151 .762 72 141 213 109 47 43 88 116 504 100.8
13 Atlanta Hawks 9 2160 335 703 .477 7 31 .226 328 672 .488 224 298 .752 129 252 381 234 59 54 137 261 901 100.1
14 Chicago Bulls 3 720 106 243 .436 7 16 .438 99 227 .436 75 88 .852 39 75 114 64 17 13 35 76 294 98.0
15 Indiana Pacers 4 960 138 288 .479 3 18 .167 135 270 .500 101 146 .692 39 115 154 85 20 6 59 112 380 95.0
16 Washington Bullets 3 720 106 261 .406 3 13 .231 103 248 .415 58 76 .763 42 84 126 46 24 14 50 61 273 91.0
League Average 9 2152 372 768 .485 15 49 .307 357 719 .497 220 285 .773 123 254 377 225 66 48 131 228 980 110.4

Opponent Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Indiana Pacers 4 960 143 294 .486 4 17 .235 139 277 .502 102 144 .708 42 117 159 103 25 19 58 112 392 98.0
2 Atlanta Hawks 9 2160 320 690 .464 8 36 .222 312 654 .477 247 326 .758 125 246 371 187 59 32 134 239 895 99.4
3 Utah Jazz 5 1200 195 415 .470 10 22 .455 185 393 .471 111 136 .816 64 134 198 107 43 27 86 129 511 102.2
4 Detroit Pistons 15 3600 581 1237 .470 19 78 .244 562 1159 .485 368 464 .793 199 418 617 351 93 76 232 369 1549 103.3
5 Chicago Bulls 3 720 122 242 .504 4 12 .333 118 230 .513 70 83 .843 30 87 117 82 17 15 31 65 318 106.0
6 Houston Rockets 10 2475 414 915 .452 20 65 .308 394 850 .464 233 307 .759 161 274 435 252 92 44 141 278 1081 108.1
7 Los Angeles Lakers 18 4320 785 1668 .471 35 109 .321 750 1559 .481 360 479 .752 275 461 736 492 145 80 263 477 1965 109.2
8 Washington Bullets 3 720 140 277 .505 3 7 .429 137 270 .507 48 63 .762 44 107 151 80 21 23 46 62 331 110.3
9 Golden State Warriors 10 2400 415 831 .499 26 67 .388 389 764 .509 261 342 .763 150 305 455 251 80 73 187 215 1117 111.7
10 Seattle Supersonics 14 3435 569 1153 .493 8 68 .118 561 1085 .517 423 545 .776 182 428 610 323 96 75 232 351 1569 112.1
11 Portland Trail Blazers 4 960 173 339 .510 5 21 .238 168 318 .528 102 128 .797 59 110 169 118 32 31 71 107 453 113.3
12 Philadelphia 76ers 5 1225 218 460 .474 5 32 .156 213 428 .498 129 170 .759 77 131 208 117 52 26 64 131 570 114.0
13 Boston Celtics 23 5595 1022 2059 .496 46 129 .357 976 1930 .506 536 700 .766 290 636 926 579 174 102 266 617 2626 114.2
14 Milwaukee Bucks 12 2980 528 1052 .502 26 69 .377 502 983 .511 330 413 .799 164 371 535 327 77 81 195 319 1412 117.7
15 Dallas Mavericks 4 960 188 373 .504 9 24 .375 179 349 .513 97 126 .770 67 120 187 117 28 32 53 119 482 120.5
16 Denver Nuggets 3 720 143 280 .511 11 22 .500 132 258 .512 110 135 .815 40 119 159 107 22 34 32 65 407 135.7
League Average 9 2152 372 768 .485 15 49 .307 357 719 .497 220 285 .773 123 254 377 225 66 48 131 228 980 110.4

Miscellaneous Stats

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team G W L W/L% PW PL ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
1 Los Angeles Lakers 18 15 3 .833 14.4 3.6 119.9 108.6 100.5 .425 .077 .536 .125 .337 .333 .481 .123 .676 .216
2 Boston Celtics 23 13 10 .565 10.7 12.3 114.7 115.8 97.2 .374 .079 .517 .126 .293 .303 .508 .101 .702 .260
3 Detroit Pistons 15 10 5 .667 10.3 4.7 113.9 107.7 95.9 .343 .035 .504 .120 .346 .255 .477 .139 .692 .297
4 Seattle Supersonics 14 7 7 .500 6.2 7.8 110.3 112.3 97.7 .310 .072 .473 .117 .362 .232 .497 .143 .673 .367
5 Milwaukee Bucks 12 6 6 .500 6.2 5.8 115.3 114.8 99.1 .382 .075 .485 .100 .301 .303 .514 .136 .659 .314
6 Houston Rockets 10 5 5 .500 5.5 4.5 110.4 108.7 96.4 .415 .052 .498 .155 .340 .321 .463 .118 .646 .255
7 Golden State Warriors 10 4 6 .400 3.6 6.4 108.5 113.2 98.7 .284 .057 .484 .134 .322 .229 .515 .160 .617 .314
8 Atlanta Hawks 9 4 5 .444 4.7 4.3 109.4 108.7 91.5 .424 .044 .482 .141 .344 .319 .470 .139 .668 .358
9 Philadelphia 76ers 5 2 3 .400 2.3 2.7 111.6 113.2 98.6 .378 .046 .501 .145 .355 .293 .479 .107 .662 .280
10 Utah Jazz 5 2 3 .400 2.3 2.7 105.1 106.6 95.9 .366 .077 .471 .155 .350 .278 .482 .153 .688 .267
11 Portland Trail Blazers 4 1 3 .250 1.4 2.6 109.9 114.5 98.9 .412 .043 .472 .130 .357 .316 .518 .152 .649 .301
12 Indiana Pacers 4 1 3 .250 1.6 2.4 103.9 107.2 91.5 .507 .063 .484 .143 .250 .351 .493 .140 .732 .347
13 Dallas Mavericks 4 1 3 .250 1.5 2.5 114.3 118.2 101.9 .427 .070 .494 .122 .337 .320 .516 .110 .638 .260
14 Denver Nuggets 3 0 3 .000 0.1 2.9 99.8 124.9 108.6 .275 .059 .443 .114 .279 .180 .530 .086 .688 .393
15 Chicago Bulls 3 0 3 .000 0.8 2.2 109.4 118.4 89.6 .362 .066 .451 .111 .310 .309 .512 .100 .714 .289
16 Washington Bullets 3 0 3 .000 0.2 2.8 92.2 111.7 98.7 .291 .050 .412 .145 .282 .222 .511 .131 .656 .173
League Average 8.9 4.4 4.4 .500 4.5 4.4 112.1 112.1 97.5 .371 .063 .495 .128 .326 .287 .495 .128 .674 .287

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 1015
2. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 964
3. Kevin McHale*-BOS 827
4. Danny Ainge-BOS 762
5. Robert Parish*-BOS 734

Field Goals

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 216
2. James Worthy*-LAL 176
3. Kevin McHale*-BOS 174
4. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 168
5. Robert Parish*-BOS 149

Field Goal Attempts

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 454
2. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 361
3. Dale Ellis-SEA 304
4. Kevin McHale*-BOS 298
  James Worthy*-LAL 298

3-Pt Field Goals

1. Michael Cooper-LAL 34
2. Danny Ainge-BOS 32
3. Larry Bird*-BOS 14
4. Sleepy Floyd-GSW 13
  Dale Ellis-SEA 13

3-Pt Field Goal Attempts

1. Danny Ainge-BOS 73
2. Michael Cooper-LAL 70
3. Larry Bird*-BOS 41
4. Dale Ellis-SEA 36
  John Lucas-MIL 36

Free Throws

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 176
2. Magic Johnson*-LAL 98
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 97
4. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 96
  Kevin McHale*-BOS 96

Free Throw Attempts

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 193
2. Kevin McHale*-BOS 126
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 122
4. Magic Johnson*-LAL 118
5. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 113

Offensive Rebounds

1. Kevin McHale*-BOS 66
2. Larry Smith-GSW 61
3. Robert Parish*-BOS 59
4. A.C. Green-LAL 54
5. Xavier McDaniel-SEA 52

Defensive Rebounds

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 190
2. Robert Parish*-BOS 139
3. Kevin McHale*-BOS 128
4. Bill Laimbeer-DET 126
5. Magic Johnson*-LAL 111

Total Rebounds

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 231
2. Robert Parish*-BOS 198
3. Kevin McHale*-BOS 194
4. Bill Laimbeer-DET 156
5. Rick Mahorn-DET 142
  A.C. Green-LAL 142

Assists

1. Magic Johnson*-LAL 219
2. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 205
3. Larry Bird*-BOS 165
4. Isiah Thomas*-DET 130
5. Nate McMillan-SEA 112

Steals

1. Isiah Thomas*-DET 39
2. Magic Johnson*-LAL 31
3. James Worthy*-LAL 28
  Paul Pressey-MIL 28
5. Larry Bird*-BOS 27

Blocks

1. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 43
2. Robert Parish*-BOS 35
  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 35
4. Kevin McHale*-BOS 30
5. Joe Barry Carroll-GSW 25

Turnovers

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 71
2. Kevin McHale*-BOS 54
3. Magic Johnson*-LAL 51
4. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 44
5. Xavier McDaniel-SEA 42
  Isiah Thomas*-DET 42

Personal Fouls

1. Robert Parish*-BOS 79
2. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 71
  Kevin McHale*-BOS 71
4. Xavier McDaniel-SEA 63
5. Danny Ainge-BOS 62

Points

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 622
2. Kevin McHale*-BOS 444
3. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 435
4. James Worthy*-LAL 425
5. Magic Johnson*-LAL 392

Field Goal Pct

1. Antoine Carr-ATL .696
2. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU .615
3. Roy Hinson-PHI .596
4. James Worthy*-LAL .591
5. Herb Williams-IND .588

3-Pt Field Goal Pct

1. Michael Cooper-LAL .486
2. Sleepy Floyd-GSW .464
3. Danny Ainge-BOS .438
4. Darrell Griffith-UTA .400
5. Dale Ellis-SEA .361

Free Throw Pct

1. Thurl Bailey-UTA 1.000
  Jeff Malone-WSB 1.000
  Danny Young-SEA 1.000
4. Jack Sikma-MIL .980
5. Moses Malone*-WSB .952

Minutes Per Game

1. Larry Bird*-BOS 44.1
2. Rodney McCray-HOU 43.6
3. Kiki Vandeweghe-POR 43.5
4. Robert Reid-HOU 43.1
5. Charles Barkley*-PHI 42.0
  Maurice Cheeks-PHI 42.0

Points Per Game

1. Michael Jordan*-CHI 35.7
2. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 29.2
3. Larry Bird*-BOS 27.0
4. Chuck Person-IND 27.0
5. Dominique Wilkins*-ATL 26.8

Rebounds Per Game

1. Larry Smith-GSW 13.7
2. Charles Barkley*-PHI 12.6
3. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 11.3
4. Mark Eaton-UTA 11.0
5. Jack Sikma-MIL 10.8

Assists Per Game

1. Magic Johnson*-LAL 12.2
2. Doc Rivers-ATL 11.2
3. Sleepy Floyd-GSW 10.2
4. Terry Porter-POR 10.0
5. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 8.9

Steals Per Game

1. John Stockton*-UTA 3.0
2. Isiah Thomas*-DET 2.6
3. Terry Porter-POR 2.5
4. Paul Pressey-MIL 2.3
5. Karl Malone*-UTA 2.2

Blocks Per Game

1. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 4.3
2. Mark Eaton-UTA 4.2
3. Joe Barry Carroll-GSW 2.5
4. Roy Hinson-PHI 2.0
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 1.9

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 28.5
2. Magic Johnson*-LAL 26.2
3. Antoine Carr-ATL 22.9
4. Isiah Thomas*-DET 22.6
5. Chuck Person-IND 22.4

True Shooting Pct

1. Antoine Carr-ATL .742
2. Kurt Rambis-LAL .706
3. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU .659
4. Darren Daye-BOS .657
5. Charles Barkley*-PHI .649

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Antoine Carr-ATL .696
2. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU .615
3. Roy Hinson-PHI .596
4. Michael Cooper-LAL .591
5. James Worthy*-LAL .591

Offensive Rebound Pct

1. Larry Smith-GSW 19.8
2. Charles Barkley*-PHI 15.5
3. Dennis Rodman*-DET 14.7
4. Alton Lister-SEA 14.4
5. A.C. Green-LAL 13.3

Defensive Rebound Pct

1. Larry Smith-GSW 28.3
2. Jack Sikma-MIL 28.2
3. Bill Laimbeer-DET 25.8
4. Kurt Rambis-LAL 24.1
5. Mark Eaton-UTA 23.7

Total Rebound Pct

1. Larry Smith-GSW 23.7
2. Jack Sikma-MIL 18.0
3. Kurt Rambis-LAL 17.4
4. Charles Barkley*-PHI 17.1
5. Mark Eaton-UTA 16.6

Assist Pct

1. Doc Rivers-ATL 52.3
2. Magic Johnson*-LAL 46.1
3. Terry Porter-POR 39.3
4. Nate McMillan-SEA 39.2
5. John Stockton*-UTA 38.1

Steal Pct

1. John Stockton*-UTA 4.8
2. Danny Young-SEA 3.5
3. Isiah Thomas*-DET 3.5
4. Terry Porter-POR 3.2
5. Kevin Williams-SEA 3.1

Block Pct

1. Mark Eaton-UTA 6.6
2. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 6.4
3. Tree Rollins-ATL 4.8
4. Joe Barry Carroll-GSW 4.7
5. Dennis Rodman*-DET 4.3

Turnover Pct

1. Roy Hinson-PHI 2.8
2. Clemon Johnson-SEA 3.2
3. Craig Hodges-MIL 3.5
4. Rod Higgins-GSW 3.8
5. Terry Cummings-MIL 5.6

Usage Pct

1. Dominique Wilkins*-ATL 33.2
2. Chuck Person-IND 31.2
3. Isiah Thomas*-DET 29.2
4. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 28.1
5. Tom Chambers-SEA 27.9

Offensive Rating

1. Antoine Carr-ATL 135.8
2. Derek Harper-DAL 134.7
3. Eddie Johnson-SEA 134.5
4. Roy Hinson-PHI 133.6
5. A.C. Green-LAL 130.0

Defensive Rating

1. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU 102.2
2. Mark Eaton-UTA 103.9
3. Bill Laimbeer-DET 104.0
4. Karl Malone*-UTA 104.0
5. Chuck Person-IND 104.1

Offensive Win Shares

1. Magic Johnson*-LAL 2.6
2. Larry Bird*-BOS 2.4
3. Dennis Johnson*-BOS 1.7
4. James Worthy*-LAL 1.7
5. Kevin McHale*-BOS 1.5

Defensive Win Shares

1. Magic Johnson*-LAL 1.1
2. Bill Laimbeer-DET 1.1
3. Isiah Thomas*-DET 1.0
4. James Worthy*-LAL 1.0
5. Larry Bird*-BOS 0.9

Win Shares

1. Magic Johnson*-LAL 3.7
2. Larry Bird*-BOS 3.2
3. James Worthy*-LAL 2.7
4. Robert Parish*-BOS 2.1
5. Isiah Thomas*-DET 2.1

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Magic Johnson*-LAL .265
2. Antoine Carr-ATL .255
3. Hakeem Olajuwon*-HOU .251
4. John Stockton*-UTA .200
5. Eddie Johnson-SEA .197