Former Lakers great Jerry West, a key member of the team that (for now) owns the longest winning streak in NBA history, was watching the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game Wednesday night when Miami fell behind by 27 points.

“My wife said, ‘They’re going to lose.’ And I said, ‘No, they’re going to win by 10.’

“When you’re playing at that level, you have a different gear.”

Miami ended up winning by three, but West’s instinct was generally on target.

And he has another suspicion, too: His Los Angeles Lakers’ record 33-game win streak, achieved in 1971-72, “could very easily be broken this year” by a Heat team that has won 25 in a row heading into Sunday’s home game against Charlotte.

“They have a great chance to do it,” West said. “Look at their schedule. Unless they have just a horrible shooting night, I don’t think those teams are capable of getting close to them.”

He excludes one team: San Antonio, which hosts Miami on March 31, in what could be Win No. 30 if the streak survives Charlotte, Chicago and New Orleans.

“That’s a terrific team and a game I would be concerned about,” West said.

If the Heat keeps winning, No. 33 in a row would be at home April 6 against Philadelphia. Win No. 34 would come three days later against visiting Milwaukee.

Unlike a few members of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins, the ’71-72 Lakers aren’t openly rooting against the team chasing their place in history.

“If you say to me, ‘Does it bother you?’ Absolutely not,” West said. “I think it’s great for the league. I’m delighted for my friend, [Heat president] Pat Riley.

“If they break it, my gosh, it’s a wonderful story. I would have no problem with that.”

Gail Goodrich, who led that Lakers team in scoring at 25.9 points per game, told Fox Sports: “I’d like to keep the record, but I’m not going to root against the Heat. … They’re head and shoulders over the rest of the NBA.”

Bill Sharman, who coached those Lakers, told Fox that Riley, who was the eighth-leading scorer on that team, “has put together an amazing team, and I have to admit this one makes me a little nervous. If they break the record, I would be happy for Pat Riley. Naturally, part of me wants to hold on to that record a little longer.”

Former Lakers great Elgin Baylor, who retired nine games into that season — just before the Lakers began their streak — told NBA TV last week: “The Heat is not an overpowering team. They don’t overpower you.

“They just finesse you, and they’re just more talented than other teams. I like to see them do well. I just give them all the credit.”

So what does Dwyane Wade think about members of that Lakers team pulling for the Heat to break their record?

“I don’t believe it,” Wade cracked Friday night, after Miami extended its streak to 25 by dumping Detroit.

But LeBron James said it’s “cool” that the Heat is being lauded by those Lakers and “crazy” that Mercury Morris and a few other members of the 1972 Dolphins openly root against the teams chasing them.

“I just appreciate the history,” James said. “I appreciate guys like Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, and all those unbelievable guys who paved the way. For them to say they’re pulling for us to get the streak, I think that’s cool.