San Antonio Spurs Clinch NBA-Record 20th Consecutive Postseason Berth

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 5, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 4: Danny Green #14, Pau Gasol #16 and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs high five each other during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 4, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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As a result of their 97-90 overtime victory Saturday evening over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the San Antonio Spurs secured their 20th consecutive postseason appearance, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The Spurs own a wide margin over the second-best active streak of nine held by the Atlanta Hawks. In mid-February, the club also clinched its 20th consecutive winning season, breaking a tie with the Utah Jazz for the most in NBA history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Coincidentally, the club's 20-season streak began in coach Gregg Popovich's first full year as the head man for San Antonio. Led largely by the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili—and recently by Kawhi Leonard—the Spurs have won five NBA championships and have reached four other NBA Finals during Popovich's tenure.

The team hasn't made its way past the second round in the past two seasons, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games last season. However, it hasn't kept the Spurs from consistently finishing highly in its division (or conference). In fact, the Spurs never finished worse than second in the Southwest Division during the stretch.

San Antonio currently sits two games back of the Golden State Warriors (prior to Sunday's result against the New York Knicks) for the best record in the Western Conference. With 21 games remaining in the season and two home games against the Warriors on the schedule, the Spurs have a legitimate shot at passing Golden State for the West's top seed.

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