NBA All-Time Records: 10 Most Unbreakable NBA Records
NBA records are falling like dominoes in the three-point shooting era, but some records look more untouchable with each year of the league's evolution. Small ball means more long-distance shooting and flashy passing, but less shot blocking and outrageous rebounding totals. Some records are made to be broken over and over again, but others look like they will stand forever.
A few honourable mentions before starting with the tenth most unbreakable record in NBA history: any shooting record set by Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson (no shooting records are safe in the three-point era, especially while the Splash Brothers are still active and continue breaking each other's records), Jose Calderon's 98.1% free throw shooting in 2008-09, Michael Jordan's perfect finals record, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387 career points (LeBron James and Kevin Durant are on pace to surpass this), The 2015-16 Warriors' 73-9 record, and Robert Parish's 1,611 career games played.
#10. 33-Game Winning Streak - 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
The 71-72 Lakers were stacked with talent headlined by Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, and Gail Goodrich. The eventual champions set an NBA record by winning 33 games consecutively between November 5th, 1971 and January 7th, 1972.
Only five other teams have enjoyed a 20-game winning streak in the history of the league: Golden State* (28 games, 2015) Miami (27 games, 2013), Houston (22 games, 2008), The Washington Capitals* (20 games, 1948), and Milwaukee (20 games, 1971).
If LeBron James' 66-win big three Heat or Steph Curry's 73-win Warriors couldn't break this record, then it probably won't be broken any time soon. Win streaks are tough in the NBA, good teams lose to bad teams all the time as fatigue sets in and injuries take their toll; even winning just ten straight games is a rare feat. This one has stood for decades, and there's no reason to think it will be broken any time soon.
*Streak spanned over two seasons.