The Miami Heat had won 27 games in a row before losing to Chicago on Wednesday. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press )
The Miami Heat lost to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, marking the end of their 27-game win streak.
That means the Lakers still hold the record for the most consecutive wins for a major U.S. professional team after winning 33 games in a row over more than two months during the 1971-72 season.
Laker great Jerry West, who was a guard on that team, told ESPN on Wednesday that he thought the Heat were going to surpass the Lakers' record.
"I really thought they were going to do it," West told the website. "I really did.
"It's a remarkable streak. I wasn't rooting against them at all. At halftime [of the Chicago game], I thought they were going to win the game. But all you need sometimes is a few things to go wrong.
"I think they're looking for bigger fish to fry. You know they're trying to win another championship, so I think this is just a blip in the road for them. But this [streak] was great for basketball. It was a great accomplishment. It creates incredible fan interest.
"People will talk about this forever."
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