Los Angeles Lakers Greatest Moments: 33 Wins in a Row

Selecting the greatest moments of the Lakers history is not an easy task, because it is full of great moments, situations and facts that were significant. Sometimes so significant that they changed the way the game was played.
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33 wins in a row

On Nov. 5, 1971 the Lakers defeated the Baltimore Bullets 110-106, and that was the beginning of the longest winning steak in U.S. major league sports.

Guided by new coach Bill Sharman, and with Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Jim McMillian and Happy Hairston on the floor, the Lakers did not lose a game for more than two months.

On Dec. 12 their victory over Atlanta, 104-95, was the 21st in a row, and broke the NBA record of 20 set by Milwaukee a year earlier. Win 27 on Dec. 22 (Lakers 127 Bullets 120) surpassed the 26 consecutive games won by baseball's 1916 New York Giants.

The streak was extended to 33 consecutive wins by beating the Hawks 134-90 on Jan. 7, 1972. It came to an end when the Lakers finally lost to the Bucks 120-104 two days later.

The Lakers finished the regular season 69-13, at the time an NBA record (broke later by Jackson, Jordan and the Bulls) and went to win the 1971-72 championship by beating New York 4-1 in the NBA Finals. It was the first title since the franchise moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960.


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