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Longest Losing Streaks in the NBA

Longest Losing Streaks in the NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers have the record of the longest winning streak in the NBA with 33 games in the 1971-1972 season. But which teams have compiled the longest losing streaks over the years? And does a long losing streak go together with a bad winning percentage in that season?

5. Bobcats – Denver – Grizzlies – 23 games

These three teams are tied on the fifth place of longest losing streak in the NBA. In 2011-2012, the Charlotte Bobcats lost 23 games in a row, but they also ended with a 7-59 record. This is the worst win percentage ever by an NBA team.

The Grizzlies (1995-1996) and the Nuggets (1997-1998) didn’t do much better, as they compiled 15-67 and 11-71 records. The Grizzlies did have a promising start to the season, as they won their first two games, but they immediately had a 19 game losing streak. Later that season, they had their 23 game losing streak.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – 24 games

Photo: Cleveland Cavaliers

On March 19, 1982, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 97-119 against the Milwaukee Bucks. It would take until November 10 of that year, and the following season, before the Cavs would win another game.

2. 76ers & Cavaliers – 26 games

Both the 76ers and the Cavaliers had a losing streak of 26 games, as well as compiling a 19-65 record that season. The Cavaliers had this streak in 2010-2011, while the 76ers managed to do this in 2013-2014.

1. Philadelphia 76ers – 28 games

This is Philadelphia’s second appearance on this list, and both worst records were during the ‘Process’ era. The 76ers had a 28 games losing streak that spanned over two seasons, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Their streak began on March 27, 2015 and ended December 1st, 2015.

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