Today in Sports History: January 9

By Brandon Zhu

In 1972, Milwaukee Bucks star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 39 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104. The Bucks win ended the Lakers’ consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, the legendary big man was known for his patented skyhook. Kareem played 20 seasons in the NBA and won six NBA titles. Kareem’s first ring came with the Milwaukee Bucks. He led them to their first and only NBA championship in 1971. The Bucks swept the Baltimore Bullets in the finals. In game 4, Kareem posted 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists to help close out the series. Kareem won the Finals MVP and NBA MVP in 1971. Kareem went on to win five more rings playing an integral role on the “Showtime” Lakers. His other accolades include 6x NBA MVP, 15x All-NBA Team selections, 11x NBA All-Defensive Team selections, and 19x NBA All-Star. Kareem was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and his no.33 is retired by the Bucks and Lakers.

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