On This Date 5/16/1980

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With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar resting his injured ankle back in Los Angeles, the Lakers move rookie Magic Johnson to center for Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Spectrum. The move pays off as Magic scores 42 points with 15 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sixers 123-107 to win their second NBA Championship. Magic Johnson would capture the NBA Finals MVP.