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5 stats to know about Bucks' 15-game win streak

Milwaukee continues to roll to victories

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.

Bucks’ most consecutive wins in a season
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, 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.

Bucks’ wins, 10 pts or less during streak
Date Opponent Final score Margin
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.

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:

Most consecutive games with 25+ pts on 50+% FG (since 1994-95)
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
*=Active streak

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.

Best 25-game starts in Bucks history
Rank Season Record
T1 1970-71 21-4
T1 1971-72 21-4
T1 1973-74 21-4
4 1980-81 19-6

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.