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NBA ref Bavetta’s ironman streak hits 2,633 game

NBA ref Bavetta’s ironman streak hits 2,633 game

DICK BAVETTA:Referee Dick Bavetta (27) watches a free throw attempt during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in New York. Bavetta worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment Wednesday, an ironman streak even longer than the one baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. compiled. Photo: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA referee Dick Bavetta is working his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment, an ironman streak even longer than the one baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. compiled.

Bavetta officiated the game Wednesday between the Knicks and Nets at Madison Square Garden, extending a streak during which he has never missed an assignment since beginning his career in 1975. He chalked up his streak to good health, a good work ethic he said all officials shared, and a fear of inconveniencing someone else if he had to take a day off.

The 74-year-old Bavetta has worked 270 playoff games in 29 seasons, including 27 NBA Finals games, three All-Star games and the 1992 Olympics.

Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games with Baltimore, when he shattered Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130.

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