Jan-7-1972: Lakers Crush Hawks for 33rd Straight Win

72 lakersJan-7-1972: Lakers Crush Hawks for 33rd Straight Win

On this day in 1972, the Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Atlanta Hawks by 134-90 for their 33rd consecutive win.  A month earlier they had beaten the Hawks 104-95 for their 21st consecutive win which broke the NBA record of 20 consecutive wins set by the Milwaukee Bucks the year before.

The 33 consecutive win mark is the most in any professional sport which includes:

  • 21:  New England Patriots (2003-2004) (includes post-season)
  • 21: Chicago Cubs (1935)
  • 17: Pittsburgh Penguins (1993)

Since 1972, only two teams have won more than 20 consecutive games –  the 2013 Miami Heat led by LeBron James (27) and the 2008 Houston Rockets with Yao Ming (22).

Two nights later, the Lakers fell flat in Milwaukee which routed them 120-104 behind 39 points from Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.

The Lakers finished the season with a 69-13 record – which remained the best all-time until the 1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10) surpassed the mark and the 1997 Chicago Bulls tied it.

In the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Bulls in the opening round and beat the Bucks 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals.  They then faced the New York Knicks in a rematch of the 1970 finals and won in five games.  It was the Lakers first Championship in Los Angeles in 9 Finals appearances.

The Bleacher Report ranks the 1972 Lakers fourth on its all-time list behind the best of the Bird Celtics (1986) and Showtime Lakers (1987) and the 1996 Bulls.


The  Team

Regular Season

Rk Player Age G MP FG% FT FTA FT% TRB AST PTS
1 Wilt Chamberlain 35 82 42.3 .649 2.7 6.4 .422 19.2 4.0 14.8
2 Jerry West 33 77 38.6 .477 6.7 8.2 .814 4.2 9.7 25.8
3 Jim McMillian 23 80 38.1 .482 2.7 3.5 .791 6.5 2.6 18.8
4 Gail Goodrich 28 82 37.1 .487 5.8 6.8 .850 3.6 4.5 25.9
5 Happy Hairston 29 80 34.4 .461 3.9 5.0 .779 13.1 2.4 13.1
6 Elgin Baylor 37 9 26.6 .433 2.4 3.0 .815 6.3 2.0 11.8
7 Keith Erickson 27 15 17.5 .482 0.4 0.5 .857 2.6 2.3 5.7
8 Flynn Robinson 30 64 15.7 .490 1.7 2.0 .860 1.8 2.2 9.9
9 Leroy Ellis 31 74 14.6 .460 0.9 1.3 .695 4.2 0.6 4.6
10 Pat Riley 26 67 13.8 .447 0.8 1.1 .743 1.9 1.1 6.7
11 John Trapp 26 58 13.1 .443 0.9 1.3 .699 3.1 0.7 5.7
12 Jim Cleamons 22 38 5.3 .350 0.7 0.9 .778 1.0 0.9 2.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/7/2015.

Playoffs

Rk Player Age G MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST PF PTS
1 Wilt Chamberlain 35 15 46.9 5.3 9.5 .563 5.3 9.5 .563 4.0 8.1 .492 21.0 3.3 3.1 14.7
2 Jim McMillian 23 15 41.6 7.5 16.9 .447 7.5 16.9 .447 4.0 4.7 .857 5.7 1.5 2.9 19.1
3 Jerry West 33 15 40.5 8.5 22.7 .376 8.5 22.7 .376 5.9 7.1 .830 4.9 8.9 2.6 22.9
4 Happy Hairston 29 15 38.5 4.9 11.2 .440 4.9 11.2 .440 3.6 4.5 .794 13.1 2.1 2.9 13.5
5 Gail Goodrich 28 15 38.3 8.7 19.5 .445 8.7 19.5 .445 6.5 7.2 .898 2.5 3.3 3.3 23.8
6 Pat Riley 26 15 16.3 2.2 6.6 .333 2.2 6.6 .333 0.8 1.1 .750 1.9 0.9 2.5 5.2
7 Flynn Robinson 30 7 10.3 2.7 5.9 .463 2.7 5.9 .463 1.0 1.4 .700 1.9 0.7 1.9 6.4
8 Leroy Ellis 31 13 10.3 1.5 3.2 .463 1.5 3.2 .463 0.1 0.3 .250 3.2 0.8 0.7 3.0
9 John Trapp 26 10 7.1 0.8 3.3 .242 0.8 3.3 .242 0.4 0.7 .571 1.6 0.5 0.9 2.0
10 Jim Cleamons 22 6 2.8 0.7 1.2 .571 0.7 1.2 .571 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.5 1.3
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/7/2015.

The Season

Generated 1/7/2015.
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
1 Fri, Oct 15, 1971 Box Score @ Detroit Pistons W 132 103 1 0 W 1
2 Sat, Oct 16, 1971 Box Score @ New York Knicks W 119 104 2 0 W 2
3 Tue, Oct 19, 1971 Box Score @ Buffalo Braves W 123 106 3 0 W 3
4 Wed, Oct 20, 1971 Box Score @ Atlanta Hawks W 126 104 4 0 W 4
5 Fri, Oct 22, 1971 Box Score Chicago Bulls L 106 113 4 1 L 1
6 Sun, Oct 24, 1971 Box Score @ Houston Rockets W 113 103 5 1 W 1
7 Fri, Oct 29, 1971 Box Score Cincinnati Royals W 119 107 6 1 W 2
8 Sat, Oct 30, 1971 Box Score @ Seattle SuperSonics L 106 115 6 2 L 1
9 Sun, Oct 31, 1971 Box Score Golden State Warriors L 105 109 6 3 L 2
10 Fri, Nov 5, 1971 Box Score Baltimore Bullets W 110 106 7 3 W 1
11 Sat, Nov 6, 1971 Box Score @ Golden State Warriors W 105 89 8 3 W 2 at Oakland, CA
12 Sun, Nov 7, 1971 Box Score New York Knicks W 103 96 9 3 W 3
13 Tue, Nov 9, 1971 Box Score @ Chicago Bulls W 122 109 10 3 W 4
14 Wed, Nov 10, 1971 Box Score @ Philadelphia 76ers W 143 103 11 3 W 5
15 Fri, Nov 12, 1971 Box Score Seattle SuperSonics W 115 107 12 3 W 6
16 Sat, Nov 13, 1971 Box Score @ Portland Trail Blazers W 130 108 13 3 W 7
17 Sun, Nov 14, 1971 Box Score Boston Celtics W 128 115 14 3 W 8
18 Tue, Nov 16, 1971 Box Score Cleveland Cavaliers W 108 90 15 3 W 9
19 Fri, Nov 19, 1971 Box Score Houston Rockets W 106 99 16 3 W 10
20 Sun, Nov 21, 1971 Box Score Milwaukee Bucks W 112 105 17 3 W 11
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
21 Thu, Nov 25, 1971 Box Score @ Seattle SuperSonics W 139 115 18 3 W 12
22 Fri, Nov 26, 1971 Box Score Detroit Pistons W 132 113 19 3 W 13
23 Sun, Nov 28, 1971 Box Score Seattle SuperSonics W 138 121 20 3 W 14
24 Wed, Dec 1, 1971 Box Score @ Boston Celtics W 124 111 21 3 W 15
25 Fri, Dec 3, 1971 Box Score @ Philadelphia 76ers W 131 116 22 3 W 16
26 Sun, Dec 5, 1971 Box Score Portland Trail Blazers W 123 107 23 3 W 17
27 Wed, Dec 8, 1971 Box Score @ Houston Rockets W 125 120 24 3 W 18
28 Thu, Dec 9, 1971 Box Score @ Golden State Warriors W 124 111 25 3 W 19 at Oakland, CA
29 Fri, Dec 10, 1971 Box Score Phoenix Suns W OT 126 117 26 3 W 20
30 Sun, Dec 12, 1971 Box Score Atlanta Hawks W 104 95 27 3 W 21
31 Tue, Dec 14, 1971 Box Score @ Portland Trail Blazers W 129 114 28 3 W 22
32 Fri, Dec 17, 1971 Box Score Golden State Warriors W 129 99 29 3 W 23
33 Sat, Dec 18, 1971 Box Score @ Phoenix Suns W 132 106 30 3 W 24
34 Sun, Dec 19, 1971 Box Score Philadelphia 76ers W 154 132 31 3 W 25
35 Tue, Dec 21, 1971 Box Score @ Buffalo Braves W 117 103 32 3 W 26
36 Wed, Dec 22, 1971 Box Score @ Baltimore Bullets W 127 120 33 3 W 27
37 Sun, Dec 26, 1971 Box Score Houston Rockets W 137 115 34 3 W 28
38 Tue, Dec 28, 1971 Box Score Buffalo Braves W 105 87 35 3 W 29
39 Thu, Dec 30, 1971 Box Score @ Seattle SuperSonics W 122 106 36 3 W 30
40 Sun, Jan 2, 1972 Box Score Boston Celtics W 122 113 37 3 W 31
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
41 Wed, Jan 5, 1972 Box Score @ Cleveland Cavaliers W 113 103 38 3 W 32
42 Fri, Jan 7, 1972 Box Score @ Atlanta Hawks W 134 90 39 3 W 33
43 Sun, Jan 9, 1972 Box Score @ Milwaukee Bucks L 104 120 39 4 L 1
44 Tue, Jan 11, 1972 Box Score @ Detroit Pistons W 123 103 40 4 W 1
45 Wed, Jan 12, 1972 Box Score @ Cincinnati Royals L 107 108 40 5 L 1
46 Fri, Jan 14, 1972 Box Score @ Philadelphia 76ers W 135 121 41 5 W 1
47 Fri, Jan 21, 1972 Box Score New York Knicks L 101 104 41 6 L 1
48 Sat, Jan 22, 1972 Box Score @ Phoenix Suns L 102 116 41 7 L 2
49 Tue, Jan 25, 1972 Box Score Phoenix Suns W 129 119 42 7 W 1
50 Fri, Jan 28, 1972 Box Score Houston Rockets W 118 105 43 7 W 2
51 Sun, Jan 30, 1972 Box Score Portland Trail Blazers W 153 131 44 7 W 3
52 Fri, Feb 4, 1972 Box Score Milwaukee Bucks W 118 105 45 7 W 4
53 Sat, Feb 5, 1972 Box Score @ Golden State Warriors W 108 96 46 7 W 5 at Oakland, CA
54 Sun, Feb 6, 1972 Box Score Baltimore Bullets W 151 127 47 7 W 6
55 Tue, Feb 8, 1972 Box Score @ New York Knicks W 107 102 48 7 W 7
56 Wed, Feb 9, 1972 Box Score @ Atlanta Hawks W 117 113 49 7 W 8
57 Fri, Feb 11, 1972 Box Score @ Boston Celtics L 108 121 49 8 L 1
58 Sun, Feb 13, 1972 Box Score N Baltimore Bullets W 121 110 50 8 W 1 at College Park, MD
59 Tue, Feb 15, 1972 Box Score Cincinnati Royals W 125 118 51 8 W 2
60 Wed, Feb 16, 1972 Box Score @ Phoenix Suns L 109 110 51 9 L 1
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
61 Fri, Feb 18, 1972 Box Score Portland Trail Blazers W 125 114 52 9 W 1
62 Sat, Feb 19, 1972 Box Score @ Portland Trail Blazers W 115 94 53 9 W 2
63 Sun, Feb 20, 1972 Box Score Boston Celtics W 132 113 54 9 W 3
64 Tue, Feb 22, 1972 Box Score Detroit Pistons L OT 134 135 54 10 L 1
65 Wed, Feb 23, 1972 Box Score N Houston Rockets L 110 115 54 11 L 2 at Waco, TX
66 Fri, Feb 25, 1972 Box Score Cincinnati Royals W 109 88 55 11 W 1
67 Sun, Feb 27, 1972 Box Score Chicago Bulls W OT 123 118 56 11 W 2
68 Tue, Feb 29, 1972 Box Score @ New York Knicks W 114 111 57 11 W 3
69 Wed, Mar 1, 1972 Box Score N Milwaukee Bucks W 109 108 58 11 W 4 at Madison, WI
70 Fri, Mar 3, 1972 Box Score Atlanta Hawks W 114 104 59 11 W 5
71 Sun, Mar 5, 1972 Box Score Baltimore Bullets L 94 108 59 12 L 1
72 Tue, Mar 7, 1972 Box Score Philadelphia 76ers W 114 97 60 12 W 1
73 Fri, Mar 10, 1972 Box Score Cleveland Cavaliers W 132 98 61 12 W 2
74 Sun, Mar 12, 1972 Box Score Buffalo Braves W 141 102 62 12 W 3
75 Tue, Mar 14, 1972 Box Score @ Detroit Pistons W 129 116 63 12 W 4
76 Wed, Mar 15, 1972 Box Score @ Cincinnati Royals W 121 116 64 12 W 5
77 Fri, Mar 17, 1972 Box Score Milwaukee Bucks W 123 107 65 12 W 6
78 Sun, Mar 19, 1972 Box Score Golden State Warriors W 162 99 66 12 W 7
79 Tue, Mar 21, 1972 Box Score @ Chicago Bulls W 109 104 67 12 W 8
80 Wed, Mar 22, 1972 Box Score @ Cleveland Cavaliers L 120 124 67 13 L 1
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
81 Fri, Mar 24, 1972 Box Score Phoenix Suns W 112 110 68 13 W 1
82 Sun, Mar 26, 1972 Box Score Seattle SuperSonics W 124 98 69 13 W 2

The Playoffs

G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
1 Tue, Mar 28, 1972 Box Score Chicago Bulls W 95 80 1 0 W 1
2 Thu, Mar 30, 1972 Box Score Chicago Bulls W 131 124 2 0 W 2
3 Sun, Apr 2, 1972 Box Score @ Chicago Bulls W 108 101 3 0 W 3
4 Tue, Apr 4, 1972 Box Score @ Chicago Bulls W 108 97 4 0 W 4
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
5 Sun, Apr 9, 1972 Box Score Milwaukee Bucks L 72 93 4 1 L 1
6 Wed, Apr 12, 1972 Box Score Milwaukee Bucks W 135 134 5 1 W 1
7 Fri, Apr 14, 1972 Box Score @ Milwaukee Bucks W 108 105 6 1 W 2
8 Sun, Apr 16, 1972 Box Score @ Milwaukee Bucks L 88 114 6 2 L 1
9 Tue, Apr 18, 1972 Box Score Milwaukee Bucks W 115 90 7 2 W 1
10 Sat, Apr 22, 1972 Box Score @ Milwaukee Bucks W 104 100 8 2 W 2
G Date Opponent Tm Opp W L Streak Notes
11 Wed, Apr 26, 1972 Box Score New York Knicks L 92 114 8 3 L 1
12 Sun, Apr 30, 1972 Box Score New York Knicks W 106 92 9 3 W 1
13 Wed, May 3, 1972 Box Score @ New York Knicks W 107 96 10 3 W 2
14 Fri, May 5, 1972 Box Score @ New York Knicks W 116 111 11 3 W 3
15 Sun, May 7, 1972 Box Score New York Knicks W 114 100 12 3 W 4
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/7/2015.
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