Heat come up short of 1971-72 Lakers’ record
For four decades, members of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers had few anxious moments.
The closest anybody had gotten to their NBA-record 33-game winning streak was the 2007-08 Houston Rockets reaching 22. But there wasn’t that much concern since the Rockets had lost star center Yao Ming midway through the streak and were running on fumes.
But those on the 1971-72 Lakers were worried this month about the Miami Heat. Several talked about the Heat having a decent chance to top a record that many had thought was unbreakable.
There’s no reason for concern anymore. The Heat’s 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA as well as all of American major pro sports history, came crashing down with a 101-97 loss Wednesday night at Chicago.
“The Miami Heat had a great run, and I congratulate them on winning 27 in a row,’’ said Bill Sharman, coach of the 1971-72 Lakers. “As for me and my ’72 team, I don’t mind that the streak will live on for a while longer.’’