Throwback Thursday: ’71-’72 Los Angeles Lakers 33 Game Win Streak
It is considered the streak that never will be broken. Bill Sharman’s Lakers won 33 straight games, ended the season with an NBA record high 69 games and won their first NBA title since their move to Los Angeles. The average margin of victory? 17 points. The Lakers starting five at the time averaged 98.4 points per game, which was led by Gail Goodrich’s 25.9 points per game and Jerry West’s 25.8 along with his 9.7 assists. According to former Knicks guard Walt Frazier, “that team emitted so much confidence,” and everybody was doing all that they could to squeeze out the toughest wins. But all in all, it was a team that displayed phenomenal versatility. Jerry West was named to the All-NBA First Team and All-NBA Defensive First Team as Wilt Chamberlain was the NBA Leader in Shooting Percentage at .649.
So in the midst of Miami Heat’s 24 game win streak and with 15 regular season games left, will the Heat top the ’71’72 Lakers win streak? If not, who will end it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.