This Day In Sports History (January 6th) — Lenny Wilkens
This Day In Sports History (January 7th) — Los Angeles Lakers
It was on this day in 1972 that the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 134-90 for their 33rd straight win. Their winning streak began over two months earlier with a win over the Baltimore Bullets.
The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers are considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history, led by Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. They finished the regular season at 69-13, a record that would stand for 24 seasons as the best in NBA history. The Lakers cruised to the finals and defeat the New York Knicks in five games to capture the franchise’s first title since moving to Los Angeles from Minnesota. It was the franchise’s seventh overall world championship.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 game winning streak is the longest in North American professional team sports history. The Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL won 17 straight games in 1993. Baseball’s longest streak belongs to the 1916 New York Giants who won 26 straight and the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts won 23 consecutive regular season games between 2008 and 2009.
Alfonso Soriano, MLB – Born January 7th 1976 (age 38) in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Marquis Daniels, NBA – Born January 7th 1981 (age 33) in Orlando, Florida
Jon Lester, MLB – Born January 7th 1984 (age 30) in Tacoma, Washington