Record and standing: 62-20, 1st in Pacific Division
Hall of Famer(s): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy
Scoring leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (23.4 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Maurice Lucas (7.4 RPG)
Assists leader: Magic Johnson (12.6 APG)
Round eliminated: Western Conference Finals

After falling to the Celtics in the 1983-84 Finals and then defeating them the next year, the stage was set for a memorable rubber match during the 1985-86 season. Both teams were at the height of their powers, and it seemed inevitable that they would have one final showdown to determine who was truly the superior team. The Celtics did their part, and the Lakers likewise finished the regular season with the Western Conference's best record.

After getting through the first two rounds of the playoffs relatively easily, they surprisingly no-showed the Western Conference Finals against Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets, bowing out in just five games. The rematch with the Celtics would have to be put on hold for one more year.