Wednesday night the Miami Heat’s run at the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 33-game winning streak came to an end. The record, which was set during the 1971-72 season, is still intact, and on the same night the current Lakers squad kept a different streak alive.
March 6, 2007 marked the last time the Minnesota Timberwolves recorded a victory against the Lakers. Wednesday’s game between the two ball clubs was a high scoring, highly entertaining contest that ended with a Lakers win after a controversial no-call as time expired. The win pushes the streak to 22 straight wins, the longest active streak of dominance in the NBA.
The win came just when the Lakers needed it the most. With the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz hot on their heels, the Lakers hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They had lost their last three games, and to make matters worse, the team was informed Wednesday that Metta World Peace would be out six weeks with a partial ligament tear in his knee.
This is just the latest in a long line of injury-related problems for the Lakers this season. With a restructured roster of aging superstars, injuries should be no surprise, but with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard on the same team, the injuries do not tamper championship expectations in LA.
Howard has been doing his part as of late, adding 25 points against the Timberwolves, and grabbing 16 rebounds to add to his league best, 12.5 rebounds per game. He will need to continue to shine if the Lakers stand a chance of even making the playoffs at this point. Bryant is still an awe-inspiring offensive force, and it looks as though the two have finally found a way to click on the court.