As the Maiami Heat streak is over and we can see it through the numbers and their star players stats:
In Lakers 33 game winning streak Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West stats were:
Wilt 42.9 mpg 12.45 ppg 20.33 rpg 4.42 apg 6.24* bpg 0.665 FG%
West 38.9 mpg 25.85 ppg 4.47 rpg 10.25 apg 0.500 FG/FGA %**
In HEAT's 27 game winning streak LeBron James and Dwyane Wade stats were:
James 37.4 mpg, 26.96 ppg 8.11 rpg 7.96 apg 1.85 spg 0.92 bpg 0.575 FG%
Wade 35.58 mpg 22.84 ppg 5.64 rpg 5.76 apg 2.32 spg 0.8 bpg 0.536 FG%
Lakers outscored their opponents 123.3 to 107.3
Heat outscored their opponents 105.3 to 93.4
Age at the time of the streak:
Wilt/West made 306 from 452 FTs attempts (Wilt 73 from 169)
LeBron/Wade made 273 from 363 FTs attempts
* Wilt shot blocking data is based on the following: I have shots blocked by Wilt for 19 of the 33 games and it is 164 blocks with game high 13 against Celtics on 14.11.1971 (where he had an unofficial triple double with 31 boards and 10 assists). For the other 14 games I gave Wilt Ibaka's numbers and it is 3 blocks per game and it is 42 in total, which I suggest is realistic approach at least. So I have a sum of 206 blocks and for 33 games it is 6.24 bpg.
** I do not have West numbers (minutes, FGA, rebs and assists) for Game 2 of the streak so the data is valid for 32 games of the streak, the ppg data is OK for all 33 games.
From what I know the Lakers were considered and aging team with injury prone stars past his prime - Baylor, West and Chamberlain. After the first 9 games Elgin Baylor bothered by his knees and 37 years old retired for good and open the door for Jim McMillan 23 years of age second year forward. Together with West and prime Goodrich ( the Lakers leading scorer that season) they formed a powerful and dynamic offensive trio. Wilt Chamberlain concentrating solely on defense and triggering fast breaks along with Happy Hairstone were dominant at the boards.
So before the season starts Bucks and Knicks were considered the better teams.
The Lakers had their luck and it was during the playoff series with Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks Oscar Robertson played hurt during the series and in the Finals Knicks were without Wilis Reed.