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The 1972 Lakers streak that won’t be broken

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You can erase one of the sports world’s favorite clichés. Just wipe it right out. At 763u6 least one record is not meant to be broken.

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What’s more, no one has even come close.

On Nov. 5, 1971, the Lakers began a winning streak that didn’t end until 65 days later, on Jan. 9, 1972. They won 33 straight games. The average margin of victory was 17 points.

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Bill Sharman’s plaid jacket never looked so good as during the Lakers’ unfathomable 33-game winning streak.

As unrepeatable as the streak was, it somehow remains vastly undersold.

The record is immune to wear and tear, time and circumstance, skill and will. It’s like some cathedral in London that stands more impressively than when you first laid eyes on it decades ago. When the run was over, Lakers forward Jim McMillian waxed prophetic.

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“We just finished a streak that I don’t believe any other team is going to break,” McMillian told the Los Angeles Times after the run ended in Milwaukee.

If prescience is the ability to tell the future, McMillian’s gentle boast was doubly prescient. Since January 1972, only two teams have gotten halfway to 33. The Celtics won 18 straight in 1982, and Chicago ran off 18 during its rush to 72 wins and a title in 1996.

But did McMillian imply that no team in any sport would break it?

If so, he was right again.

In our four major sports, no team ever ran with the purple and gold of ’72. Not one.

The previous record holder was baseball’s New York Giants, who tallied 26 straight (but did have a tie game during the streak) in 1916. Aside from Christy Mathewson and company, no other team is even a speck in the Lakers’ rearview mirror.

On Oct. 31, 1971, Elgin Baylor, arguably the greatest forward ever to that point, played his last game – a loss to Golden State in which he scored just eight points. Four days later he announced his retirement, saying, “I was depriving Jim McMillian of playing time.” The previous season, major surgery for a severed Achilles tendon had limited Baylor to only two games.

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HISTORICAL WINNING STREAKS
 

151: De La Salle High football (Concord, Calif.), 1992-2004
88: UCLA basketball, 1971-74
74: Martina Navratilova, women’s tennis, 1984
49: Rocky Marciano, boxing, 1947-55
47: Oklahoma football, 1953-57
33: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, 1971-72
21: New England Patriots, NFL, 2003-04 (including postseason)
21: Chicago Cubs, MLB, 1935
17: Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL, 1993
17: Babe Zaharias, women’s golf, 1946-47
11: Byron Nelson, men’s golf, 1945
10: Richard Petty, NASCAR, 1967

 

 

 

McMillian moved into the starting lineup in place of Baylor, whose retirement led to another significant move. Just before the game on Nov. 5, coach Bill Sharman named Wilt Chamberlain captain in Baylor’s place. West was offered a co-captaincy but declined.

 

 

 

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These Kings have fangs. In other campaigns, they have had good players, but the mentality they are showing in this campaign has not been known to them for a long time. Last night, receiving a Grizzlies without Ja Morant, they took advantage of that absence to muscle up and win with the emphatic that reflects the final score: 133-100.

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The Californians dominated the game almost at all times, but it wasn’t until the last quarter that they dealt a final blow that is measured by a 33-10 run. They swept Memphis for 12 minutes in which the Tennessees had no response to what was coming their way.

“It was a great victory for the whole team. I think in the second half we were really good defensively,” says Mike Brown, the coach who is getting closer to returning Sacramento to the playoffs after 16 years of absence.

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To achieve the aforementioned milestone, Brown has a large group of players of a very good level. Against Memphis, Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double of 14 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, Trey Lyles had 24 points off the bench, rookie Keegan Murray went to 20 points, and Harrison Barnes had another 20 (15 of them in the first quarter).

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Although the Kings did not leave the game sentenced until the last quarter, it was in the first that they left some mark on history. With 12 triples, they matched the most that had been achieved to date in such a space of time. Such offensive capacity led them to 47 points. The reality is that everything seems to be going well for those from the California capital, who have won seven of their last eight games to settle in third place in the Western Conference.

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It was clear that the time would come when the Grizzlies would have to slow down a bit. More than accommodated in the second position of the West, it is time to regulate efforts and take care of its essential pieces; and of course, there is none like Ja Morant. The point guard was absent last night and his team noticed it despite Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 19 goals and Desmond Bane’s 21. In any case, the team’s head coach, Taylor Jenkins, understands that it’s just a defeat and that they must keep gritting their teeth always thinking about the next game.

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He sported a trimmed beard with a black vest over his cream-colored sweater, with a watch seen peeking out from his sweater.

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