Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  33 responses

’72 Lakers Fear Miami Heat Could Break Their Record 33-Game Winning Streak

The Miami Heat have now stretched their winning streak to 20 games. They’ve got a long way to go before they can even think about topping the all-time mark of 33. According to members of the 1971-’72 Los Angeles Lakers, though, the record is in danger. Per Fox Sports: “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.’ Pat Riley was a reserve guard on those Lakers, winning his first of eight championship rings as a player, assistant coach, head coach and executive. Now, Riley, after putting together in 2010 the Heat’s tremendous trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, is putting some pressure on his old team. That includes a guy he once backed up. ‘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. … ‘Sure, I’d like to keep the record,’ Goodrich said. ‘But I’m not going to root against the Heat.’ The same goes for Sharman. A key reason is Riley, who was a hard-working and popular player who averaged 6.7 points in 1971-72. ‘If they break the record, I would be happy for Pat Riley,’ Sharman said. ‘But, naturally, part of me wants to hold onto that record a little bit longer.’ With a gritty 98-94 win Wednesday at Philadelphia, the Heat became just the fifth team in league history to have won 20 or more consecutive regular-season games.”

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  • Anthony Dixon

    The 72 Lakers should pay the refs if they’re so scared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/officialjohng John Gustanar

    Old asses gone learn today! #HeatGang

  • spit hit fiyah

    if the heat lock up the one seed, they probably start resting some players. i don’t Think they care about this record as much as they care about being healthy/fresh for the playoffs


    I dont see the Heat running off another 13 games straight. Sorry. They will have a slip up somewhere! Not being a hater, but I just feel like they will eventually have an off night where they wont be able to turn it on in the last two mins and lose

  • ALAB

    not gonna happen. 33 games? psss

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    This probably jinxed it. Now watch them lose in a trap game to… the Raptors.. LOL!

  • Dymez

    I’d like to see them do it, but, starting with last night, Miami plays 8 of its next 10 on the road. That road series is going to end with a trip to San Antonio; I think it may end there (especially if Tony Parker comes back). It’ll be just too hard to muster up the energy it takes to beat a team like that away from the comfort of your own home crowd, after being on the road that long. Other than that, I don’t see them losing to anybody else — not if they’re focused and really want this record.

  • Redd

    That’s not a trap game, highly unlikely.

  • Ugh

    Are they gone larn tings bout spelling and grammar?

  • RedDragon10

    Oh my.

  • Max

    How about you?

  • Max


  • bike

    If the Heat were Jordan’s team, he would absolutely demand his teammates to go for it. Let us see if LeBron can muster up that level of competitive passion so that he might someday be mentioned in the same breath as his greatness.



  • hoodsnake

    Records are made to be broken but this is gonna be tough for the Heat seeing that the vast majority of the games are on the road. I’m not a hater also- the only jersey I own is a Heat #6 .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Not happening. Every great team this season (OKC, SA and MIA) has gone through stretches of losing to teams they shouldn’t lose to.

  • LLC#12

    33 is next level though, I can’t see the heat staying perfect for another 13. As an aside, I can’t believe that Rocket team in 08 rattled off as many wins in a row as they did, like 20 something. Sad what injuries did to that team.

  • Megatron

    they actually won about half of those games without yao

  • AndyK415

    Then it would go back to normal because the Heat get all the calls right now

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon
  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I hope that’s not an Eddie Jones, or you’re really taking it to the Laker organization

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    hope you’re wrong !!

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    twenty-two. Shane Battier was on that team too. OMG.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    yeah. it’s weird, happen to most sports. Great teams lose to bad teams.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen


  • Max

    That is awesome.

  • LLC#12

    I ended up downloading the team off 2kshare the other day after I posted, they are solid haha

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Reverse jinx

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I don’t think you got the joke or the meaning of a trap game. And a trap game is where a good team playing well loses unexpectedly to a much weaker team. So to say it’s not a trap game would mean the Raptors are on the same level as the Heat (or better).

  • Redd

    It’s not a trap game cause the Raps won’t beat the Heat. I know what a trap game is, you can’t call trap game for every weak team lol.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    That’s what the joke was. That the Raps beat the Heat. Nvm.

  • Redd

    LOL now I feel like a jerk, my bad, kind’ve hard to catch that.

  • thomas

    it’s going the be the biggest challenge to beat lakers 33 for i thomas want to 10 games in the forum during their 33 streak back in 72′.