Jerry West thought it was inevitable. The folks at ESPN had already begun the countdown. Most of the sports world assumed it was only a matter of playing out the schedule as the Miami Heat were grinding towards the Lakers All-time win streak of 33 straight.
Records may be meant to be broken but for now the Lakers still stand alone.
The Chicago Bulls stopped Miami at 27 as the Heat went down 101-97 in the Windy City.
That means the 1971-72 Lakers still stand as the bench mark for consistency. However even with all the Miami/LeBron bashing I’ve done on this site not even this feat can be brushed aside.
What Miami accomplished in many ways is more impressive than what that Laker squad did. In an era of bigger, stronger, faster the Heat put together one amazing performance after another winning in every fashion possible.
In a league where any team can be beaten on any given night what the Heat just did is nothing short of a miracle.
It’s doubtful any team will ever win more than 33 in a row in the modern NBA. In fact it’s highly unlikely any team will ever eclipse 27 consecutive wins.
All the talent, travel and tumultuous perils of modern hoops makes certain records unattainable. So while the 71-72 Lakers standalone they certainly have company in the 2012-13 Heat. Now all that remains is for Miami to add another Larry O’Brien trophy to their collection. Otherwise this amazing feat will be but a footnote on an incomplete season.