(NEW YORK) — Hall of Famer Jerry West was a member of the 1971-72 Lakers team that won 33 straight games, a record that the Miami Heat were chasing up until their 27-game win streak was snapped Wednesday night.
West is now a front-office consultant to the Golden State Warriors and spoke with ESPN.com after Miami fell to the Bulls, 101-97 on Wednesday night.
“It’s a remarkable streak. I wasn’t rooting against them at all. At halftime [of the Chicago game], I thought they were going to win the game. But all you need sometimes is a few things to go wrong,” West said.
“I think they’re looking for bigger fish to fry. You know they’re trying to win another championship, so I think this is just a blip in the road for them. But this [streak] was great for basketball. It was a great accomplishment. It creates incredible fan interest. People will talk about this forever,” West continued.
The 1971-72 Lakers can rest easy that their coveted streak still lives.
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