Bottom line: For 33 games, and 65 days (Nov. 5, 1971, to Jan. 7, 1972), the Lakers didn’t suffer a loss in what is the longest winning streak in the 70-plus year history of the NBA.
The team was led by the aging duo of Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, and they had a record of 39-3 when the streak ended. The second-longest streak of the season for the Lakers was just eight games, and they never lost more than two games in a row.
The second-longest win streak in NBA history is 28 games by the 2015-16 Warriors, but it may have been one that the team regretted. Coach Steve Kerr felt the team put too much into keeping the streak alive in the regular season, which may have played a part in them falling in the NBA Finals.
With that knowledge, future teams are unlikely to even strive for the streak knowing the potential ramifications down the line.