Lakers Win 50 Games, Again

With Sunday evening’s victory over Portland, the Lakers hit the 50-win mark — now 51 after Tuesday’s win over Phoenix — for the fourth consecutive season, and 32nd time in their storied franchise history.

The NBA didn’t adopt an 82-game schedule until 1967-68, after which 29 of those 50-plus victory campaigns came.

The percentage of very successful seasons has been just as high under current owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who has seen his team post 50-win seasons 23 times since he took over in 1979-80.

Phil Jackson, meanwhile, has now won at least 50 games in 17 of his 20 seasons as an NBA head coach. Back on March 12 in Dallas, Jackson won his 600th career regular season game as coach of the Lakers, becoming the fifth coach in NBA history to win at least 600 with one franchise, joining Jerry Sloan (1,127 with Utah), Red Auerbach (795 with Boston), Gregg Popovich (793 with San Antonio) and his former coach Red Holzman (613 with New York).

Jackson is the only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (1,148-480, .705) and currently ranks fifth all-time in regular season victories, as well as first in playoff wins (225) and playoff win percentage (.697).