The Milwaukee Bucks keep chugging along and racked up their 15th straight win on Monday after a 110-101 victory against the Orlando Magic. That win gave Milwaukee its longest winning streak since the early 1970s and got us thinking about some numbers you should know as their streak continues on.
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1. Milwaukee’s winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season and the franchise’s longest since the 1970-71 season. The Bucks (21-3) are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers (21-3) for the league's best record. Should both teams keep rolling as they have been, the Dec. 19 showdown between the teams in Milwaukee (8 ET, TNT) will provide an early tie-breaker.
|First win||Last win||Number of games|
|Feb. 6, 1971||March 8, 1971||20|
|Oct. 24, 1970||Nov. 25, 1970||16|
|Nov. 10, 2019||Dec. 9, 2019||15 (Current streak)|
|Feb. 28, 1973||March 27, 1973||14|
|Oct. 17, 1973||Nov. 13, 1973||13|
|Jan. 26, 1982||Feb. 21, 1982||12|
|The NBA's longest winning streak in history is 33 games by the 1971-72 Lakers.|
Per the LandOfBasketball.com, seven of the 12 teams to win 18 or more games in a row in NBA history have gone on to win the NBA title. For the record, the longest win streaks in NBA history are as follows: 33 games (1971-72 Lakers), 27 games (2012-13 Heat), 24 games (2015-16 Warriors), 22 games (2007-08 Rockets) and the Bucks' streak from 1970-71.
2. The win against Orlando was a little closer than most of the Bucks' games had been (relatively speaking). Milwaukee had outscored its opponents by an average of 34 points over its last four games in notching wins against the LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets.
However, in beating the Magic by nine points, it marked the seventh game during this 15-game run that Milwaukee won by less than 10 points. Here's a closer look at each of the games the Bucks have won during the run by 10 points or less.
|Nov. 10||@ Thunder||121-119||2 points|
|Nov. 14||@ Bulls||124-115||9 points|
|Nov. 20||@ Hawks||135-127||8 points|
|Nov. 21||vs. Blazers||137-129||8 points|
|Nov. 25||vs. Jazz||122-118||4 points|
|Nov. 27||vs. Hawks||111-102||9 points|
|Dec. 9||vs. Magic||110-101||9 points|
3. Speaking of scoring and margins and such, the Bucks have already accomplished a feat that puts them in the company of two past championship winners.
Per ESPN's Stats & Info, the Bucks are the fifth team in NBA history to outscore their opponents by more than 320 points through the season's first 24 games. Two of the previous four teams to last accomplish this feat -- the 1969-70 Knicks and the 2007-08 Celtics -- went on to win the NBA championship.
The Bucks are the fifth team in NBA history to outscore their opponents by more than 320 points through 24 games of a season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 10, 2019
Two of the previous four teams would go on to win the NBA title (1969-70 Knicks, 2007-08 Celtics). pic.twitter.com/TE1lFQ96Bx
4. In win No. 15, reigning Kia MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo was his usual beastly self. He tortured the Magic to the tune of 32 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists in 34 minutes. Orlando's Aaron Gordon and Khem Birch were Antetokounmpo's primary victims on Monday as he shot 8-for-13 against them to score 19 of his total points.
Antetokounmpo's performance vs. Orlando also allowed him to continue his run of consecutive games with 25 or more points while shooting 50% or better. Here's a look at the players with the longest such streaks since the 1994-95 season:
|Player (Team)||First game||Last game||Streak length|
|Shaquille O'Neal (Lakers)||Jan. 7, 2001||Feb. 20, 2001||13|
|Shaquille O'Neal (Lakers)||March 28, 2001||April 17, 2001||11|
|Michael Jordan (Bulls)||Dec. 30, 1995||Jan. 23, 1996||11|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)*||Nov. 23, 2019||Dec. 9, 2019||9|
|Amar'e Stoudemire (Knicks)||Nov. 28, 2010||Dec. 15, 2010||9|
|Shaquille O'Neal (Magic)||Dec. 20, 1994||Jan. 6, 1995||9|
5. The Bucks stand six wins from one piece of team history (longest win streak ever) and three wins from another mark as well.
The Bucks recently passed the season's quarter point and will play their 25th game of 2019-20 this week. The number 25 is significant because Milwaukee is on pace for its best start ever through that many games.
Wednesday's showdown with the New Orleans Pelicans (9:30 ET, ESPN) will give Milwaukee a chance at its best start through the first 25 games of the season.
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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.