San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs' Winning Streak Ends at 19 Games

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, right, of France, talks to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 111-90. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Darren Abate
Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 4, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs finally lost a game Thursday, falling 106-94 to the Oklahoma City Thunder to end the longest winning streaking in franchise history.

The Spurs entered Thursday's contest having won 19 straight games, with their most recent loss coming Feb. 21 against the Phoenix Suns.

Had San Antonio won Thursday, it would have become just the fifth team in NBA history with a single-season winning streak of at least 20 games.

The 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks won exactly 20 games in row, while the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22 games), 2012-13 Miami Heat (26) and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (31) all eclipsed the 20-game mark. The Washington Capitols also put together a 20-game winning streak at one point, but they did so across two seasons, 1947-48 and 1948-49.

San Antonio's streak may not have matched some of those other teams' for length, but the Spurs had an excellent plus-16.8 point differential during the run, marking the second-largest average margin of victory during a winning streak of 19 games or more in NBA history, per NBA.com/stats.

The '70-71 Bucks outscored their opponents by 18 points per game during the aforementioned 20-game winning streak, then eventually went on to win a championship in dominant fashion, with a 12-2 record in the playoffs.

As a matter of fact, of the four teams to win 20 straight games in a single season, only the '07-08 Rockets failed to win a championship.

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