Kareem helps put end to Lakers streak

Updated: January 10, 2006, 2:10 PM ET
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.