The streak that won't be broken

There are few guarantees in sports, but Kenneth Shouler assures us that the Lakers' record winning streak from 1971-72 won't be broken.

Updated: November 30, 2006, 9:47 AM ET
By Kenneth Shouler | Special to Page 2

You can erase one of the sports world's favorite clichés. Just wipe it right out. At least one record is not meant to be broken.

What's more, no one has even come close.

On Nov. 5, 1971, the Lakers began a winning streak that didn't end until 65 days later, on Jan. 9, 1972. They won 33 straight games. The average margin of victory was 17 points.

As unrepeatable as the streak was, it somehow remains vastly undersold.

The record is immune to wear and tear, time and circumstance, ...

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