The Miami Heat just cracked the list of top 20 longest winning streaks in NBA history with their 16th win in a row – a down-to-the-wire victory against the Orlando Magic. With three seconds left and down by one, LeBron James iced it with a layup.
Sounds good, 16 wins. But the Heat have a long way to go before catching 1971-72′s eventual champion, Wilt Chamberlain‘s Los Angeles Lakers. They ran off 33 games in a row, more than double Miami’s current streak.
The Heat’s streak is not even the longest streak of the season – the Los Angeles Clippers posted a 17-game run this November-December.
But, it’s still alive.
We’ll follow the Heat’s streak along and update the chart to see just how far in the rankings Miami will go. They might hit a roadblock this Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, but first the Heat will look for their 17th straight against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night.
Do streaks signify anything? Are they harbingers of good things? Finals appearances? Titles, perhaps?
Minus the Heat’s and Clippers’ streaks from this undecided season, there are 22 listed below. Eleven represent NBA Finals champions (green) and another three represent NBA Finals losers (red). That’s 14 of 22, or a 64% chance of making the Finals (and a 50% chance of winning it all).
Will the Miami Heat and the L.A. Clippers meet in the 2013 NBA Finals, then? According to “streak-theory,” that pairing has a better chance than any other. The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs may have something to say about that. The Heat look unbeatable out of the East, though.Follow @VinGetz
LIST UPDATED: The Miami Heat’s winning streak ended at 27 on March 27th. They lost to the Chicago Bulls, 101-97. Amazing run.
|1.||Los Angeles Lakers||33||Nov. 5, 1971||Jan. 7, 1972||WON NBA FINALS over New York Knicks (4-1)|
|2.||Miami Heat||27||Feb. 3, 2013||Mar. 27, 2013||TBD|
|3.||Houston Rockets||22||Jan. 29, 2008||Mar. 16, 2008||Lost Western Conference First Round to Utah Jazz (4-2)|
|4.||Washington Capitols||20||Mar. 13, 1948||Dec. 4, 1948||1948-49: LOST BAA FINALS to Minneapolis Lakers (4-2)|
|4.||Milwaukee Bucks||20||Feb. 6, 1971||Mar. 8, 1971||WON NBA FINALS over Baltimore Bullets (4-0)*|
|6.||Los Angeles Lakers||19||Feb. 4, 2000||Mar. 13, 2000||WON NBA FINALS over Indiana Pacers (4-2)**|
|6.||Boston Celtics||19||Nov. 15, 2008||Dec. 23, 2008||Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals to Orlando Magic (4-3)|
|8.||Rochester Royals||18||Feb. 17, 1950||Nov. 11, 1950||1950-51: WON NBA FINALS over New York Knicks (4-3)|
|8.||Philadelphia 76ers||18||Mar. 3, 1966||Nov. 4, 1966||1966-67: WON NBA FINALS over San Francisco Warriors (4-2)|
|8.||New York Knicks||18||Oct. 24, 1969||Nov. 28, 1969||WON NBA FINALS over Los Angeles Lakers (4-3)|
|8.||Boston Celtics||18||Feb. 24, 1982||Mar. 26, 1982||Lost Eastern Conference Finals to Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)|
|8.||Chicago Bulls||18||Dec. 29, 1995||Feb. 2, 1996||WON NBA FINALS over Seattle SuperSonics (4-2)|
|13.||Washington Capitols||17||Nov. 16, 1946||Dec. 30, 1946||Lost BAA Semifinals to Chicago Stags (4-2)|
|13.||Boston Celtics||17||Nov. 28, 1959||Dec. 30, 1959||WON NBA FINALS over St. Louis Hawks (4-3)|
|13.||San Antonio Spurs||17||Feb. 29, 1996||Mar. 31, 1996||Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Utah Jazz (4-2)|
|13.||Phoenix Suns||17||Dec. 29, 2006||Jan. 28, 2007||Lost Western Conference Semifinals to San Antonio Spurs (4-2)|
|13.||Dallas Mavericks||17||Jan. 27, 2007||Mar. 11, 2007||Lost Western Conference First Round to Golden State Warriors (4-2)|
|13.||Los Angeles Clippers||17||Nov. 28, 2012||Dec. 30, 2012||TBD|
|19.||Boston Celtics||16||Dec. 19, 1964||Jan. 22, 1965||WON NBA FINALS over Los Angeles Lakers (4-1)|
|19.||Milwaukee Bucks||16||Oct. 24, 1970||Nov. 25, 1970||WON NBA FINALS over Baltimore Bullets (4-0)*|
|19.||Milwaukee Bucks||16||Feb. 28, 1973||Oct. 13, 1973||1973-74: LOST NBA FINALS to Boston Celtics (4-3)|
|19.||Los Angeles Lakers||16||Jan. 9, 1991||Feb. 5, 1991||LOST NBA FINALS to Chicago Bulls (4-1)|
|19.||Portland Trail Blazers||16||Mar. 20, 1991||Apr. 19, 1991||Lost Western Conference Finals to Los Angeles Lakers (4-2)|
|19.||Los Angeles Lakers||16||Dec. 11, 1999||Jan. 12, 2000||WON NBA FINALS over Indiana Pacers (4-2)**|
Notes: For streaks that span two seasons, the “season result” column reflects the year the streak ended. Also, these are all regular-season streaks. To see playoff winning streaks, check out Longest Winning Streaks in NBA Playoff History.
* The champion Milwaukee Bucks have two ranked streaks from 1970-71 (16, then 20)
** The champion L.A. Lakers have two ranked streaks from 1999-00 (16, then 19)
The Boston Celtics have been called for more technical fouls this century than any other team – but not by much.
By the end of 2012-13, the Miami Heat might catch them.
There will also be plenty of jostling for position all around today’s list as the NBA season rolls on. It’s a tight race amongst some squads.
These are all 30 teams’ technical foul totals since the 2000-01 season.Follow @VinGetz
|TEAM||TECHNICAL FOULS||AVG PER SEASON (THROUGH 2011-12)|
|5.||Los Angeles Lakers||976||81|
|8.||Portland Trail Blazers||939||78|
|10.||Los Angeles Clippers||904||75|
|12.||New Orleans Hornets||856||71|
|13.||Golden State Warriors||833||69|
|14.||Oklahoma City Thunder||828||69|
|23.||New York Knicks||766||64|
|29.||San Antonio Spurs||649||54|
* Stats as of date of this post: Dec. 5, 2012. The average noted does not include 2012-13 as that would skew the data at this early point in the season. Thanks to ESPN.com.
** The Charlotte Bobcats’ first season was 2004-05, so their total reflects nine years and their average, eight.
The 2012-13 NBA season is here! And already things are heating up.
If things continue on as they have in the first few days – the New York Knicks slamming the champion Miami Heat, the Western Conference favorite Los Angeles Lakers going 0-3 – there may have to be some adjustments to today’s list: the opening odds to win the 2013 NBA championship, courtesy vegasinsider.com.
It’s essentially a three-horse race: Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Want to see how things have changed from the beginning of last season? Check out last year’s opening odds.Follow @VinGetz
|Los Angeles Lakers||2-1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||7-2|
|San Antonio Spurs||12-1|
|Los Angeles Clippers||25-1|
|New York Knicks||80-1|
|New Orleans Hornets||100-1|
|Golden State Warriors||100-1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||100-1|