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Welcome to the Lakerholicz.com edition of Throwback Thursdays! Each Thursday, we will recognize a random moment in Laker history. It can be anything like classic game winning shots, interviews, quotes, trash talking, dunks, etc. Some memories will be completely random, while others may be relative to what is happening in the present day.

Last night, the Miami Heat’s historic winning streak came to an end at 27 games. This was an exciting night for Lakerholicz being that the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers hold the current record with 33 straight victories. With the record still in tact, this edition of Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the 1971-72 Lakers.

Elgin Baylor decided to retire early during this historic season, which left the team in the hands of Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain. With Bill Sharman as head coach, this Laker team dominated the competition by winning 33 straight games and ending the season with a 69-13 record.

During this season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 14.8 points per game and 19.2 rebounds per game with a field goal percentage of .649. Jerry West added to the success of this historic Laker team by scoring 25.8 points per game and averaging 9.7 assists. Gail Goodrich led the team in scoring with 25.9 points per game.

This dominant Laker squad made it to the NBA Finals and defeated the New York Knicks in 5 games. This would be the first NBA Championship for the Lakers franchise after moving to Los Angeles. After repeatedly losing to Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics, this would be the very first and only championship for Jerry West.

Sidenote: Miami Heat’s current owner, Pat Riley was apart of this Laker squad. He came off the bench for Jim McMillian and averaged 6.7 points per game. He’s now apart of the first and second longest winning streaks in NBA history.