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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Lakers set major pro sports win record
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 22, 1971

The Los Angeles Lakers, behind future Hall of Famers Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Gail Goodrich, set a major-league professional sports record for consecutive victories with their 27th straight, a 127-120 win over the Bullets in Baltimore.

They had shared the record at 26 with the New York Giants, who had set the mark during the 1916 baseball season.

"I don't want to take anything away from baseball, but I think it's harder to win this many in basketball," says Lakers coach Bill Sharman. "We have tougher travel conditions and we have to fight the home-court advantage, which doesn't mean as much as in baseball."

The Lakers don't celebrate much after setting the record. "We don't want to sound blase," Chamberlain says, "but we did our celebrating when we won No. 21. That was the big one." The 21st victory broke the NBA record.

The Lakers will extend their record streak to 33 before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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