This Day In Lakers History: January
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January 7, 1972

Lakers secured the longest winning streak (33) in major professional sports with a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

January 7, 1998

Shaquille O’Neal recorded his 1,000th block in just his sixth season after three blocks vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

January 10, 1986

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first player in NBA history to record over 34,000 points in a win vs. the Indiana Pacers. He finished with 31 points (12-of-21 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line) in 33 minutes.

January 17, 1994

Lakers and Sacramento Kings game at the Great Western Forum was postponed due to the Northridge earthquake.

January 18, 1972

Jerry West lived up to his ‘Mr. Clutch’ nickname at the 1972 NBA All-Star Game by hitting a 20-foot jump shot to give the West a 112-110 win. He finished with 13 points en route to NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors.

January 19, 1998

Chick Hearn called his 3,000th consecutive Lakers game in a 92-89 win over the Orlando Magic.

January 20, 1952

George Mikan scored a career-high 61 points (22-of-45 from the field and 17-of-21 from the free-throw line) to lead the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime win over the Rochester Royals. He also added 36 rebounds.

January 21, 2010

Kobe Bryant surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bryant beat Chamberlain by 35 days at 31 years old and 151 days by recording 31 points.

January 22, 2006

Kobe Bryant scored 81 points (28-of-46 from the field) in a 122-104 win over the Toronto Raptors. It is the most points scored in a game since Wilt Chamberlain recorded 100 points against the New York Knicks in March 1962.

January 23, 2018

LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points against the San Antonio Spurs.

January 24, 1990

Pat Riley became the fastest head coach to record 500 wins in a 120-111 win over the Indiana Pacers.

January 25, 1998

Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to start at the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.

January 25, 2020

LeBron James (33,644 points) passed Kobe Bryant (33,643) for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with a layup.

January 26, 2020

Kobe Bryant died at 41 years old in a helicopter crash.

January 30, 1996

Magic Johnson came out of retirement in a 128-118 win over the Golden State Warriors. In Johnson’s first game since the 1991 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls, he recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists.