Sport: The Lakers Roll On

"Our players seem to be able to do whatever is necessary," says Los Angeles Laker Coach Bill Sharman. Those words may well qualify as the classic understatement of the 1971 sports season.

Not content merely to set a new National Basketball Association record with 21 consecutive wins (TIME, Dec. 27), the Lakers have since done dramatically more than is necessary. When the Philadelphia 76ers threatened them with a 132-point outburst, the Lakers countered with 154, setting a new N.B.A. high for the season. Then they outscored the Baltimore Bullets 34 to 18 in one...

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