With the 2012-13 season entering its final stretch, the ability to find sustained success at this point can be the difference between improving playoff seeding or missing the postseason dance altogether.
The word "streak" has taken on a new life in the basketball world of late, with the Miami Heat racing their way up the history books. They put their 20-game winning streak on the line on Friday night in a road clash with a Milwaukee Bucks team that had already defeated them once and forced them to overtime in their other meeting.
But the Heat weren't the only team with the chance to build on recent success.
The Denver Nuggets had quietly assembled their own double-digit winning streak of late, striking fear in the Western Conference elites along the way. They welcomed a Memphis Grizzlies team to the Pepsi Center riding its own underappreciated wave of six straight victories.
With playoff implications abound, read on to see which teams were able to continue their winning ways.