The closer the Miami Heat come to the 1971-72 Lakers' record of 33 consecutive wins, the more the two teams will be compared. We'll never get an opportunity to see these teams play each other in real life, but that's what video games are for.
I set up the historic simulation on NBA 2K13 from 2K Sports to see which team would reign supreme in the virtual world. Here is a highlight package from the simulation. I gave the Lakers home-court advantage because, after all, they are still the record-holders.
The results weren't exactly pretty.
For those that don't care to watch the video without having the final score spoiled, you can go ahead and jump to the paragraph just below the video.
The game was close for a little over two quarters, but ultimately, the Heat's athleticism was too much for the retro Lakers. Miami won by a considerable margin, 113-94.
Chamberlain posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot. The Lakers were led in scoring by Jerry West (26 points) and also got a huge game from Gail Goodrich, who scored 24 points and added 10 assists.
According to NBA 2K13, the King would be a beast in any era. LeBron was the "Jordan Brand Player of the Game" with an easy triple-double, tallying 35 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
How did the other two members of the Heat's Big Three perform?
Well, Chris Bosh and Wade each scored 20 points in the game, but didn't do too much damage in other facets of the game. Altogether, the trio combined for 75 of the team's 113 points.
So, what are the Heat's chances of actually breaking the record in real life?
Will the Heat break the Lakers' record?
Miami is just six games shy of tying the mark, on pace to match it on April 6, at home, against the Philadelphia 76ers. If they get that far unbeaten, they would attempt to top the record April 9, on the road, against the Milwaukee Bucks.
There are quite a few difficult games ahead for Erik Spoelstra's team between now and then, though. They will be on the road at the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, and will also play host to the New York Knicks.
If the Heat can play the way they did in this simulation over the next two weeks, the record will be toast.
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