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'How else can I explain those rainbows when there is no rain? PARTY TIME Magic Tells the Captain: Let's Dance By TED GREEN Tinwt Staff Writar PHILADELPHIA The season started with Magic Johnson gleefully hugging Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar after the captain tossed in a skyhook at the final buzzer to win the opener in San Diego. Six months later, the season ended with Magic Johnson gleeflully hugging hugging the National Basketball Assn.'s championship trophy. "I know your ankle hurts, Kareem," Johnson said, "but why don't you get up and dance, anyway?" All the Lakers were dancing late Friday night, and pouring champagne THE MAGIC NUMBERS LOS ANGELES Mill FG FT RAPT Chones 43 5- 5- 1-1 1-1 1-1 10 3 J 11 Wilkes 4J 16-30 16-30 16-30 5-5 5-5 5-5 10 2 4 37 Johnson 47 14-23 14-23 14-23 14-14 14-14 14-14 15 7 3 42 Nixon 40 1-10 1-10 1-10 2-2 2-2 2-2 3 3 4 Cooper 39 4-9 4-9 4-9 -9 -9 4 6 4 16 Lndsbrgr 19 2-7 2-7 2-7 1-2 1-2 1-2 10 0 4 5 Holland 9 3-4 3-4 3-4 2-2 2-2 2-2 0 0 2 t Byrnes 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Totals 240 45-92 45-92 45-92 33-35 33-35 33-35 52 27 22 123 Shooting: Field goals, 48.9; free throws, 91.4. PHILADELPHIA Min FG FT RAPT Erving 39 13-23 13-23 13-23 1-4 1-4 1-4 7 3 4 27 Clones 26 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-2 2-2 2-2 6 2 4 6 Dawkins 31 6-9 6-9 6-9 2-5 2-5 2-5 4 1 5 14 Hollins 26 5-13 5-13 5-13 3-4 3-4 3-4 1 6 4 13 Cheeks 40 5-11 5-11 5-11 3-3 3-3 3-3 2 0 2 13 B Jones 29 4-0 4-0 4-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 9 1 4 Bibby 21 4-10 4-10 4-10 0-2 0-2 0-2 3 3 2 Mix 25 -ll -ll 2-2 2-2 2-2 4 2 1 1 Spanrkl 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 Toone 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 Richrdsn 1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0. Totals 240 47-89 47-89 47-89 13-22 13-22 13-22 36 27 27 107 Shooting: Field goals, 52.8. free throws, 59.1. SCORE BY OUARTERS Los Angeles 32 28 33 30-123 30-123 30-123 Philadelphia 29 31 23 24107 Three-point Three-point Three-point goals Johnson 0-1; 0-1; 0-1; Landsberger 0-1; 0-1; 0-1; Erving 0-2; 0-2; 0-2; Hollins 0-1; 0-1; 0-1; Bibby 0-2; 0-2; 0-2; Richardson 0-1 0-1 0-1 Attendance 18,276 on each other, and praising Abdul-Jabbar, Abdul-Jabbar, Abdul-Jabbar, after they won the 1979-80 1979-80 1979-80 championship with a 123-107 123-107 123-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the final series. This was an improbable win, and an improbable end to a season that had an almost dreamlike quality, for it was accomplished without the game's most dominate player. Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar watched the clincher on TV, having sprained his left ankle the previous game. So for a few minutes, dreamlike minutes, the Lakers' locker room seemed strangely subdued. Maybe because reality hadn't set in. Maybe because Captain Kareem had not been there to share it. Maybe just because. because. As he did the first of many TV interviews, interviews, you could see those were tears, not just sweat, under Magic Johnson's eyes. MAG f rem the Dwli Day kit ma TO CogAtijjclcs Suites BUSINESS CC PART III t SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1980 ports 1 Fmmt!m'Y'l,''''?,mmm'mm'en'm "ii mi if i imimii iniiiii HE'S EVERYWHERE OK, when was the last time anybody played every position in the deciding game of an NBA title round? The amazing Magic Johnson, who only three years ago led his high school team to a state championship and only one year ago led $ Magic 14, by Sammy Calm and Jul Styna By SCOTT OSTLER Times Staff Writar PHILADELPHIA When they erect the statue of Magic Johnson in some prominent location in LA., as they surely will soon, chiseled on the pedestal will be Magic's favorite saying: saying: "It's winnin' time." That's what time it was Friday night in the Spectrum when Magic, a 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old rookie, led the Lakers to one of the true upsets in National Basketball Assn. playoff history, a 123-107 123-107 123-107 win over the 76ers. With center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar watching the game from the comfort of his living room, 3,000 miles away, his sprained left ankle propped up on The New Starting Center Puts Lakers Over the Top, 123-107 123-107 123-107 a coffee table, the Lakers won the championship of the NBA four games to two. Magic, who literally laughed at the added pressure when Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar was scratched, started at center and scored 42 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out seven assists. He made 14 of 23 field-goal field-goal field-goal attempts and 14 of 14 free-throw free-throw free-throw attempts. The Lakers outplayed the 76ers from the start but with five minutes left, Philadelphia pulled within two points, 103-101. 103-101. 103-101. As 18,276 Spectrum fans sat back and waited for reality to take over from fantasy, the Lakers outscored the 76ers, 20-6. 20-6. 20-6. Magic had 11 of those 20 points. When Jamaal Wilkes threw down a his college team to the NCAA championship, put on a show-stopper show-stopper show-stopper Friday night and did it at center (above left, he scores over Darryl Dawkins), at forward (above right, he goes head - to -head -head with Julius Erving) and at guard (below, he hits open man). Times photos by Joe Kennedy dunk to give the Lakers an unsur-mountable unsur-mountable unsur-mountable 12-point 12-point 12-point lead with 50 seconds seconds left, Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar must have spiked his TV to his living room carpet carpet in jubilation. It is the Lakers' first NBA championship championship since 1972, a perfect anniversary anniversary present for the team's 20th season. In those 20 years, the team has been in the finals 10 times, and won twice. Johnson was voted the Most Valuable Valuable Player in the series, Abdul-Jab-bar's Abdul-Jab-bar's Abdul-Jab-bar's Abdul-Jab-bar's Abdul-Jab-bar's monumental contributions in the first five games notwithstanding. Magic had help. Who can believe . t. t. Quiet Jamaal Wilkes, a non-All-Star, non-All-Star, non-All-Star, non-All-Star, non-All-Star, outplaying Julius (Dr. J) Erving? Erving? Wilkes scored 37 points, the most he's had since high school. Erving Erving had 27 points. Brad Holland, laker rookie, out-scoring out-scoring out-scoring teammate Norm Nixon, 8 to 4? Until Friday night, Holland was the Human Victory Cigar, entering games only when the outcome was decided. He scored six straight points near the end of the first half. The Lakers without Abdul-Jabbar, Abdul-Jabbar, Abdul-Jabbar, remembered outrebounding the 76ers, 52-36 52-36 52-36 (17-7 (17-7 (17-7 on the offensive offensive boards)? It's called desire. Wilkes, Jim Chones and Mark (the Shark) Landsberger had 10 rebounds each. No 76er had 10. Jim Chones, the reluctant standin for Abdul-Jabbar, Abdul-Jabbar, Abdul-Jabbar, outplaying Darryl (Chocolate Thunder) Dawkins? Chones had 11 points and 10 re-Please re-Please re-Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 PAINFUL LESSON 76ers' Fondest Dream Winds Up a Nightmare By ALAN GREENBERG Time Staff Writer PHILADELPHIA The 76ers learned a painful lesson Friday night: That sometimes the worst thing that can happen is for your fondest wish to come true. You may live to regret it. Throughout his career, many teams have suggested that the best way to defense Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar is to keep him from showing up. Well, he didn't Friday night because of a sprained left ankle suffered in game five, and watched game six on TV from his home. Over the long run, nobody would dare argue that the Lakers without Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar are as good as they are with him. But this was not the long run. Just 48 minutes. Forty-eight Forty-eight Forty-eight minutes of Magic Johnson and Jamaal Wilkes playing the games of their lives, and an inspired Lakers team reminding anyone who might have forgotten that no man-even man-even man-even basketball's ultimate ultimate weapon -is -is indispensable. He didn't beat us. It was the Lakers that beat us," Caldwell Jones said. "He wasn't here in person but I'm sure he was here in spirit, and the Lakers played like they could feel him in spirit. They won it for their captain. They played with the intensity intensity you need to be a champion" The 76ers certainly didn't and they knew it. All series long, they talked about how they had to get tough and keep the Lakers from dominating the backboards . "It's something we never really solved," Julius Erving admitted. "And we certainly didn't solve it tonight" Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3

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  1. The Los Angeles Times,
  2. 17 May 1980, Sat,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 51

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