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Ranking the greatest team winning streaks of all-time

With the Heat having won 25 straight games, we take a look back at sports' greatest team win streaks.
By John Rohde Published: March 23, 2013

3. UCLA; men's basketball; 1971-74; 88

During their amazing run of winning seven straight NCAA titles, the Bruins put together an 88-game winning streak. Like OU's streak of 47 straight victories in football, UCLA's 88-game streak began after a loss to Notre Dame and ended with a loss to the Fighting Irish.

4. U.S. Olympic team; men's basketball; 1936-72; 62

The longest streak on our list spanned 36 years before it was snapped with a controversial loss against Russia in the gold medal game at the 1972 Games in Munich. This marked the first time since the sport's inception that Team USA did not win the Olympic gold medal.

5. Brandon (Fla.) High School; wrestling; 1973-2008; 459

For 35 straight seasons, Brandon never lost a wrestling dual meet before losing 32-28 to South Dade from Miami. No American team in any high school sport has ever had a longer streak. Brandon beat the previous record, set by a volleyball team from New York, by 11 years.

6. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School, football; 1992-2004; 151

This streak more than doubled the previous national prep record of 72 straight. De La Salle was selected mythical national champ in seven different seasons during the streak. To go unbeaten this long while dealing with kids ranging from age 15 through 18 is truly remarkable.

7. New England Patriots; NFL; 2003-04; 21

From Oct. 5, 2003, to Oct. 31, 2004, the Patriots won 21 straight, which consisted of finishing 2003 unbeaten and winning the first six games of 2004 before losing at Pittsburgh. Win No. 15 was a 32-29 survival against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

8. Connecticut; women's basketball; 2008-10; 90

Though this streak is two games longer than the UCLA men's streak, it's not as impressive given the lack of quality depth in women's basketball at the time.

9. Penn State; women's volleyball; 2007-10; 109

As was the case with Connecticut women's basketball, this streak also began after a loss to Stanford and ended with a loss to the Cardinal. During the streak, the Nittany Lions won three straight national titles, a record-breaking 111 straight sets and lost just 19 sets total.

10. Harlem Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals; basketball exhibitions; 1962-71; 2,495

Comment: Sure, these exhibition games are scripted, but it didn't deter from this team's global entertainment value. Being able to stick to the script for nine years and nearly 2,500 games can't be all that easy. Besides, what if the script called for the Globetrotters to lose the last one?


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