50. Lakers Win First Game in Western Forum

Date: 1/17/1968

For all the acclaim Madison Square Garden receives as the game's Mecca, The Great Western Forum may be more deserving of that title. Built to resemble a Roman Colosseum, The Forum has been home to the greatest stars and most competitive basketball in league history. Plus, unlike the Knicks, the Lakers won more than two titles in their hallowed halls (shots!). So it's only fair that we pay homage to the Lakers' first victory in Mecca West, a 132-116 triumph led by Elgin Baylor and Jerry West over Oscar Robertson's Cincinnati Royals.