Today in Sports History: November 5

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1971, The Los Angeles Lakers won the first of what would turn out to be an NBA-record 16 consecutive road games, beating the Golden State Warriors 105-89. In total the Lakers won 33 consecutive games, the longest winning streak in NBA history. The 1971-72 Lakers team consisted of several future hall of fame players including Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and coach Pat Riley. The legendary team had a regular season record of 69-13, and secured the NBA championship by defeating the New York Knicks 4-1. In Game 5, Chamberlain put up 24 points, 29 rebounds, 8 blocks and 8 assists. Chamberlain was named Finals MVP after averaging 19.4 points and 23.2 rebounds. This would mark the first time the Lakers won the title since the team moved from Minneapolis. The 1971-72 Lakers are ranked one of the top 10 teams in NBA history.

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