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Members of ’72 Lakers say Heat could top 33-game streak

Mar 14, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

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Despite being only the fourth team in NBA history to win 20 straight games, Miami is still a long way from setting the NBA record for consecutive wins. They are just 60 percent of the way there; they’ve got 13 more wins to go to tie it.

That record belongs to the 1972 Lakers, a team with Hall of Famers Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Gail Goodrich, plus off the bench some guy named Pat Riley. They won 69 games that season and eventually a long-awaited NBA ring.

But several players from that Lakers team think the Heat could catch their 33-game streak, they told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“It is certainly a possibility that the Heat could break our 33-game winning streak,” said Bill Sharman, the Hall of Fame coach of those legendary Lakers. “The record has held for 41 years, and all of us that participated in it are very proud to have been part of that season. However, (Heat president) Pat Riley has put together an amazing team, and I have to admit this one makes me a little nervous.”

“I’d say this is the most serious challenge we’ve had to our streak,” Hall of Fame guard Gail Goodrich, the leading scorer on the 1971-72 Lakers with a 25.9 average, said of the Heat. “I think they’ll make a very, very, very serious run at our record, They might even break it. They’re head and shoulders over the rest of the NBA. Who’s going to beat them? There’s not as much parity in the league now.”

These are competitive guys, they’d like to hold on to the record, but at least they aren’t going ’72 Dolphins with the thing. Besides, one of their own put this Heat team together.

Who broke the Lakers streak? The Milwaukee Bucks, who were the defending NBA champions and had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.

Where do the Heat play next? Milwaukee on Friday. Just sayin’.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    They won’t.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      And Miguel Cabrera didn’t hit in 57 straight games last year. What a disappointment.

  2. hehateme2 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The 72′ Dolphins history is very different than a winning streak. Only 1 has been “perfect”

    • mannyfresh209 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Either you missed the point entirely, or you are a serious troll. Either way, shame on you, sir.

  3. rodge1 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    Maybe they won’t… They’re still better than your team and your team will never get as close.

  4. ron05342 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Who broke the Lakers streak? The Milwaukee Bucks, who were the defending NBA champions and had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.

    Where do the Heat play next? Milwaukee on Friday. Just sayin’.

    Yeah, comparing today’s Milwaukee Bucks with the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks, one of the greatest and most dominant teams ever, makes all the sense in the world.

    • paleihe - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      He was obviously joking.

      • ron05342 - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Actually, I don’t think he was joking…many are picking the Bucks to break the streak.

        I was just taken aback that this Bucks team would actually be allowed to be mentioned in the same breath, if you will, to that legendary team.

        As an aside, I remember the incredible Lakers / Bucks conference final…two giants in Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar going at each other, with the defending champs trying to oust that record-breaking team (besides the 33-game win streak, other records set at the time, and since broken, included best season record, 69-13, best home record, highest winning percentage (breaking 76ers in 1967 at 68-13), largest margin of victory, 63 points (beating Golden State 162-99)).

        Even so, Milwaukee blew the Lakers out twice in that series, once by 21 points, another time by 26 points. The Lakers’ margins of victory in their four wins? 1, 3, 4, and one blowout, 25.

        The Lakers earned that title.

    • davidly - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      And the ’85/’86 Dolphins weren’t comparable to the undefeated ’72 team, but they kept one of the greatest and most dominant teams ever, the Superbowl XX Champion Chicago Bears team from equaling the feat of their progenitors.

      Sh*t happens is all that Kurt is saying.

  5. acdc363 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    This Heat team is insane. They aren’t even trying to break the streak record man I don’t even know if the team knows they’ve won 20 on a row! They’re just playing incredibly consistent ball at a pace nobody can keep up with. I’m gonna be telling my kids about this Heat team!

    • nycalldayz - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      You’re going to be telling your kids about the Heat’s streak? How old r u? LOL

  6. HotHotHeat - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Another ring > Streak

  7. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Milwaukee still has an NBA team?

  8. miamatt - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    If you’re gonna take a shot at the ’72 Dolphins, at least know what you are talking about. All the “champaign bottles uncorking” nonsense is pure ESPN bunk.

    The only comments you ever hear from those guys come when somebody shoves a mic in their face, and it never is disrespectful.

    Thanks for reguritating that BS. LAZY blogging….

  9. nycalldayz - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    What’s crazy about this Heat streak is that it’s not unique. They would need to break the 22 to 33 games in order to make NBA history. But in today’s media with blogs and television we act or pretend as if what the Heat are doing is unheard of.

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      As the very first sentence of this blog-post pointed out…it’s only the fourth time in NBA history that a team has won 20+ consecutive games in a single season.

      When a team accomplishes a feat that only 3 other teams in the past 50+ years have accomplished, it is unique.

      So the “blogs and television” are correct in pointing out that it is historic.

  10. kavika6 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Sooner or later Miami will play a decent team. Watch out for the Spurs in a couple of weeks. (who by the way have the league’s last 20 game streak) The Spurs almost beat them in Miami without 4 of their top 6 players.

    It’s a little easier to have that kind of streak when most of their games are against the scrubs of the league (i.e. the eastern conference).

    • thatguy517 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Portland, OKC, Atlanta (twice), Bulls, Memphis, Knicks, Pacers… The others against “scrubs” yes but don’t act like they played the Bobcats 20 straight times.

  11. golfrangeman - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I think the heat won’t give it to much thought unless they get to say 25 if that happens…game on.

  12. manchestermiracle - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I find it ironic that the guy that runs the Heat is a Laker legend with rings as a player and coach. But then again no Heat fan (at least on here) ever gives the Lakers anything but disrespect.

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