The 2000–01 NBA season was the Lakers’ 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 41st in the city of Los Angeles. During the offseason, the Lakers acquired Horace Grant from the Seattle SuperSonics. Grant won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. The team also signed free agent Isaiah Rider, who previously played for the Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers won their final eight games finishing the regular season with a 56–26 record, and won the Pacific Division over the rival Sacramento Kings by one game. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, but O’Neal did not play due to an injury. The Lakers clinched the #2 seed in the playoffs.
In the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, swept the Kings in the semifinals white bracelets, then swept the top–seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals smartphone waterproof case. They went on to win the NBA Finals 4–1 against the Philadelphia 76ers, earning the franchise its 13th NBA championship. It was the second of the Lakers’ three-peat championships to begin the millennium.
Following the season, Grant re-signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, Rider signed with the Denver Nuggets, Tyronn Lue signed with the Washington Wizards and Ron Harper retired.
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, the team’s season roster is featured in the video games NBA 2K16 and NBA 2K17.
(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-3)
(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Sacramento Kings Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-2)
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-0)
The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.
∗ denotes a game that required overtime.