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Kareem restrains Magic

Kareem restrains Magic

June 2, 1985: Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar restrains teammate Magic Johnson after he’s called for a technical foul during an NBA championship game against the Boston Celtics.

With the Lakers down, 48-46, halfway through the second quarter, Laker Bob McAdoo pushed the Celtics’ Kevin McHale into Magic Johnson, who in turn gave McHale a push back. Johnson got the technical. The Lakers went on to win the game — the third in the series — 136-111.

The Lakers went on to beat Boston in six games to win the NBA title.

In the game, Abdul-Jabbar scored 26 points, giving him the NBA career playoff scoring record of 4,464 points, breaking the old record of 4,457 set by his boss, Lakers General Manager Jerry West.

Currently, Michael Jordan holds the playoff  scoring record with 5,987, Kareem is second with 5,762 points and Kobe Bryant third with 5,280.

This photo by retired Times staff photographer Joe Kennedy was published in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times.

For more Lakers history, check out the Los Angeles Times All Things Lakers website.

On Jan. 18, 2012, Abdul-Jabbar named State Department cultural ambassador.

1 Comment

  1. February 1, 2012, 1:04 am

    […] Kareem restrains MagicLos Angeles Times (blog)… a technical foul during an NBA championship game against the Boston Celtics. With the Lakers down, 48-46, halfway through the second quarter, Laker Bob McAdoo pushed the Celtics' Kevin McHale into Magic Johnson, who in turn gave McHale a push back. … […]

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