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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat put their winning streak on the line against the Bucks Friday night.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat put their winning streak on the line against the Bucks Friday night. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Heat chases streak to Milwaukee, but history could repeat

In 1972, the Los Angeles Lakers, with Wilt Chamberlain, came to the Milwaukee Arena riding the crest of a 33-game winning streak. The Milwaukee Bucks were waiting.

Friday night the Miami Heat comes to the BMO Harris Bradley Center riding the crest of a 20-game streak. The Milwaukee Bucks are waiting.

That 33-game streak by the Lakers is still the record for a winning streak in the NBA. I was in the Arena that day and it was electric. The Bucks, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, were the defending NBA champions. The game stayed close for three quarters but the Bucks took control and won fairly easily, 120-104.

People are already starting to talk about the Heat breaking that string. These Bucks are not defending champions, but earlier this year they did beat the Heat by 19 points.

If you don’t have a ticket, you may be missing a chance to see history made, again.