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Updated: January 10, 2:10 PM ET
Kareem helps put end to Lakers streak
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 9, 1972
For more than two months the Los Angeles Lakers had not lost. But their 33-game winning streak ends when the Bucks' 7-foot-2 center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comes up big in Milwaukee, outplaying the Lakers' 7-foot-1 Wilt Chamberlain.
In the 120-104 victory by the defending NBA champions, the 24-year-old Abdul-Jabbar outscores the 35-year-old Wilt 39-15 and has more rebounds (20 to 12), more blocked shots (10 to 6) and more assists (5 to 2). "I have never seen Jabbar more fired up for a game," Lakers coach Bill Sharman says.
"I'm sorry the streak is over," says Lakers guard Jerry West, who shoots only 5-of-16 from the field in scoring 20 points. "I wanted it to go on forever."
Sharman says, "It will be many, many years before anybody wins 33 games in a row again."
He's right. More than three decades later, no American professional team in any major sport has approached the Lakers' record.