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33! A STREAK TO REMEMBER
October 16, 1991
In November of 1971, the Los Angeles Lakers went on a roll. Twenty years later, their 33-game win streak is still the longest in pro sports history
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October 16, 1991

33! A Streak To Remember

In November of 1971, the Los Angeles Lakers went on a roll. Twenty years later, their 33-game win streak is still the longest in pro sports history

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GAME 11 Vs. MILWAUKEE
112-105
Nov. 21: Showdown. The Bucks, defending NBA champions, have won 10 of their last 11. The Lakers lead 59-58 after two periods. In halftime ceremonies, Elgin Baylor hands his Laker uniform to owner Jack Kent Cooke and gets a standing ovation from 17,505 in the Forum. Los Angeles dominates in the third period and wins despite 39 points by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "The Lakers seem to have jelled," says Kareem.

GAME 12 AT SEATTLE
139-115
Nov. 25: Goodrich (right, 25) scores 18 as the win sets a club record for consecutive victories. In the third quarter, Sonics guard Lee Winfield steals the ball and heads for an easy layup. Suddenly, from out of the firmament appears Chamberlain, who swats the shot away. The Lakers are ahead by 25 points at the time.

GAME 13 Vs. DETROIT
132-113
Nov. 26: Wilt wreaks havoc with 31 points, 31 boards. "He played like he was in his second childhood," says Piston center Bob Lanier.

GAME 14 Vs. SEATTLE
138-121
Nov. 28: First-time starter Riley steps in for a flu-ridden McMillian and scores 20 points. The Lakers complete the first perfect month in NBA history.

GAME 15 AT BOSTON
124-111
Dec. 1: Hoop prognosticators predict a Laker fall, but West, fully recovered from an ankle injury, scores 45.

GAME 16 AT PHILADELPHIA
131-116
Dec. 3: Prognosticators again predict the end. The Lakers fall behind by 17 points, but McMillian, just out of his sickbed, gets 41. The streak survives.

GAME 17 Vs. PORTLAND
123-107
Dec. 5: As has become their custom, the Lakers play poorly against a weak team. But steady starting forward Happy Hairston (left, 52) leads the way with 20.

GAME 18 AT HOUSTON
125-120
Dec 8: Against the 6-21 Rockets, the Lakers trail by three in the fourth. This time it's Goodrich to the rescue with 42 points. Says West (9 for 20), "There were midgets guarding me and I still couldn't score."

GAME 19 AT GOLDEN STATE
124-111
Dec. 9: The Lakers shoot 56% (their average for the streak thus far is 48.7%) and knock off the Warriors. Even Chamberlain is impressed. "A lot of streaks are predicated on luck," he says. "This one isn't. We haven't even had many close games."

GAME 20 Vs. PHOENIX
126-117
Dec. 10: Wilt has spoken too soon: This one's close, very close. The Suns' Connie Hawkins misses a shot at the buzzer in regulation, and the game moves into OT. Goodrich has seven points in the last 2� minutes of overtime; 17,505 dance in the aisles at the Forum as the Lakers tie the NBA record for consecutive wins, held by the 1970-71 Bucks.

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