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A look at the NBA's longest winning streaks

The Miami Heat has been slowly gaining on the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA record 33-game winning streak. Here's a look at the five longest NBA winning streaks.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 23, 2013

20 — Washington Capitols: Red Auerbach is revered as a Celtics legend, but coached the Washington Capitols first. This streak spanned two seasons (1947-48 and 1948-49) and happened in the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which begot the NBA in 1949-50. The Capitols were 24-20 and riding a six-game losing streak when they won the last five games of the 1947-48 season and the first 15 the following season, when they lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in the Finals.

20Milwaukee Bucks: Led by 11-year veteran point guard Oscar Robertson and second-year center Lew Alcindor (a name he changed to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the day after the season), the Bucks finished 66-16 in 1970-71 and won their lone NBA championship. This team held the NBA's longest winning streak before the Lakers came along two seasons later and won 33 straight, a streak Milwaukee incidentally snapped. The Bucks also had streaks of 16 and 10 games that season.