List of the Longest Winning Streaks in NBA History
Because winning is contagious, it’s feasible for a team to win with ease. The best teams stand out by winning so consistently and appear and feel unstoppable — and have the longest winning streaks in NBA history. The NBA is a difficult league to win in and any team in The NBA can beat any other NBA team on any given night. As their winning streaks go, these teams have garnered several accomplishments.
#1 – Los Angeles Lakers
Before 1971-72, the Lakers had lost seven of the previous ten NBA Finals. That season, on the other hand, went off without a hitch.
The Los Angeles Lakers started 6-3 before embarking on an NBA-record 33-game winning streak. It lasted more than two months (66 days, from Nov. 5, 1971, to Jan. 9, 1972). The Bucks, the reigning playoff champions at the time, defeated the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. Ending their 33-game winning streak (166 days – April 22 to May 1, 1970).
The Lakers’ dominance was so impressive that they were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated four years in a row, from 1968 to 1971. The Lakers went 69-13 during the streak, led by Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Gail Goodrich. They won their first NBA title since coming to Los Angeles in 1972 – the team’s first in Los Angeles since they started playing in LA in 1954.
The only season in which the Lakers did not make the playoffs was 1969-1970, yet it was nonetheless meaningful. Their 69 victories have since been surpassed twice, but they remain tied for third-most in a single NBA season. The Lakers won 17 of their 33 games at home, with an average margin of victory of 16.0 points.
# 2 – Miami Heat
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh joined forces in Miami in the summer of 2010. They then proceeded to win their first championship together that year. The following season, they became the second team in NBA history to record a 27-game winning streak.
Starting on February 3, 2012, and ending on March 25th — just days before the playoffs began — the Heat steamrolled nearly every team they faced. Sweeping six consecutive series while averaging over 16 points more than their opponents per game.
The streak was capped off with a 103-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points. In addition to his scoring output, James also tallied 11 rebounds and 7 assists for his 43rd triple-double of his career.
The Heat would eventually fall short in the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. But their 27-game winning streak still stands as the longest in recent NBA history.
#3 – Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are the most recent team to record a 24-game winning streak.
Starting on Nov. 14, 2015, and ending on Jan. 18th of the next year, the Warriors were seemingly unstoppable, sweeping eight consecutive series while averaging over 17 points more than their opponents each game.
Their streak was capped off with a 118-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in which Steph Curry led all scorers with 46 points. In addition to his scoring output, Curry also tallied 8 rebounds and 7 assists for his eighth triple-double of the season.
The Warriors would eventually fall short in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but their 24-game winning streak still stands as the second-longest in NBA history.
#4 – Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are the only team in NBA history to have two separate winning streaks of 20 games or more.
The first streak came during the 1990-91 season when they won their last 20 games of the year to finish with a record of 45-37. This was good enough for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, where they would eventually lose to the Portland Trail Blazers in the First Round.
The second streak came during the 1995-96 season when they won their first 21 games of the year to finish with a record of 65-17. This was good enough for the number one seed in the Western Conference playoffs, where they would eventually lose to the Seattle SuperSonics in the Western Conference Finals.
Combined… the Rockets have a total of 45 wins in their two streaks, which is the third-most in NBA history.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams with a longest current win streak in the NBA, having won their last six games.
This is a stark contrast to their start to the season, in which they went 5-23 in their first 28 games.
Their current streak has helped them move up to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, where they will face off against the Toronto Raptors in the First Round.
While they may not have the longest winning streak in NBA history, they are definitely on a hot streak right now and will be looking to extend it as far as possible.
#6 – San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are known for having long winning streaks.
Starting on Feb. 3rd and ending on March 5th, the Spurs were on a rampage, sweeping six consecutive series while averaging over 20 points more than their opponents per game.
Their streak was capped off with a 112-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in which LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 28 points. In addition to his scoring output, Aldridge also tallied 10 rebounds for his 25th double-double of that season.
The Spurs would eventually fall short in the First Round of the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors, but their 13-game winning streak still stands as one of the longest in the NBA.
#7 – Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have the longest current winning streak in The NBA with 18 consecutive wins in 2022 setting a new team record for longest winning streak.
Led by Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the current Suns team dominated the 2021-2022 season and set a new team record for 64 regular season wins. Those are not easy records to beat considering the Suns history of many winning seasons with Charles Barkeley and with Steve Nash.
Heading into the playoffs, the Suns are the overall number one seed in The NBA. There should be several exciting games coming up for them in the playoffs.
There have been plenty of other impressive streaks throughout NBA history. But these teams stand out as having recorded the longest and most dominant streaks in history. The players on different teams have each showcased their skills and abilities. As always, there are bound to be future teams that challenge these records so stay tuned!