Hawks’ party doesn’t have to end with streak


VIDEO: Davis, Pelicans end Hawks’ streak at 19

The Hawks aren’t exactly the first bunch of visitors to leave town with a pounding in their heads after a stop in New Orleans.

But just because the rip-roaring, can-you-believe-it, franchise-record 19-game winning streak came crashing down 115-110 on Monday night, it doesn’t mean the party in Atlanta has to end.

Of the previous seven teams in NBA history to win at least 19 consecutive games in a single season, five went on to win a championship.

The first things first and the immediate challenge is not to suffer from a post-streak hangover. More times than not, it happens.

Here’s a look back at how the other streakers continued:

Lakers 1971- 1972 — 33 in a row.

The streak ended with a 120-104 at to the Bucks at Milwaukee on Jan. 9 The Lakers with Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich won just two of their next five games, but later had a pair of eight-game win streaks and closed out the regular season on a 10-1 run. Record: 69-13.

In the playoffs they beat the Bulls 4-0, Bucks 4-2 and the Knicks 4-1 in The Finals.

Champions.

Heat 2012-13 — 27 in a row.

The streak ended with a 101-97 loss at Chicago on March 27. The Heat with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went just 2-2 in their next four games before closing out the regular season with an eight-game win streak. Record: 66-16.

In the playoffs they beat the Bucks 4-0, Bulls 4-1, Pacers 4-3 and Spurs 4-3 in The Finals.

Champions.

Rockets 2007-08 — 22 in a row.

The streak ended with a 94-74 loss at home to the Celtics on March 18. The Rockets with Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming (injured and lost for the season in Game 16) lost the next night at New Orleans and won just three of their next eight games. The Rockets lost two of three to end the regular season. Record: 55-27.

In the playoffs the (without Yao) they lost in the first round to the Jazz 4-2.

1970-71 Bucks — 20 in a row

The streak ended with a 110-103 loss in overtime at Chicago on March 9. The Bucks with Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson lost three straight games and finished the regular season just 1-5. Record: 66-16.

In the playoffs they beat the Warriors 4-1, Lakers 4-1 and Bullets 4-0 in The Finals.

Champions.

1999-2000 Lakers — 19 in a row.

The streak ended with a 109-102 loss at Washington on March 16. The Lakers with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant came right back to rip off another 11-game winning streak and closed out the regular season 14-3. Record: 67-15.

In the playoffs they beat the Kings 3-2, Suns 4-1, Trail Blazers 4-3 and Pacers 4-2 in The Finals.

Champions.

2008-09 Celtics — 19 in a row.

The streak ended with a 92-83 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Dec. 25. The Celtics with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen lost again the next night at Golden State. They lost seven of nine games immediately following the streak, but closed out the regular season on a 12-2 run. Record: 62-20.

In the playoffs they beat the Bulls 4-3 and lost to the Magic 4-3 in the second round.

2013-14 Spurs — 19 in a row.

The streak ended with a 106-94 loss at Oklahoma City on April 3. The Spurs with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker went just 3-3 to close out the regular season. Record: 62-20.

In the playoffs they beat the Mavericks 4-3, Trail Blazers 4-1, Thunder 4-2 and Heat 4-1 in The Finals.

Champions.

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13 Comments

  1. Dawn of Da 2nd Bulls Dynasty says:

    Not bad, Atlanta… but the only true streaks occur after April, when the playoffs begin!! If the Hawks can negotiate a similar run, closing out the season, it might translate into some playoff momentum. But most importantly, the Eastern Conference will have all of the best match ups, and I can’t wait!

  2. Antoine says:

    REBOUNDING IS KEY…
    The Hawks need to follow their shots on offense instead of just looking at them and they need to box out on defense…
    They’re just horrible on the rebounding battles.
    We lost against the Pelicans because they out rebounded us 52 to 32… They had 17 offensive rebounds…
    That’s inacceptable…
    Remember the Pistons game on the 19th where Monroe and Drummond had a combined 38 rebounds while the entire Hawks team had 42???
    Come on, let’s get back to Fundamentals and rebound, box out, follow your shots…

    The more rebound you grab, the more possessions you have, therefore possibilities to score… The less the other team does…
    It’s simple math, and simple basketball…

  3. harriethehawk says:

    Let’s Go Hawks!!!

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    I don’t see why they can’t win. They’re as good as anyone at this stage except maybe the Warriors. Who is to say they won’t improve further after all the injuries they had last year?
    I thought the NBA was becoming more even, it’s interesting that many of those streaks were in the last few years.

  5. Thomas says:

    The hawks have the team to win the title this year, but they need to keep getting better, and coach needs to play all 5 of his starters, 34 minutes a night

  6. ATLien says:

    Coach Bud needs to open up the roster more…Payne and Muscala needed minutes against the Pelicans last night…felt like the pacers game 7 last playoffs…put the trees in coach…

  7. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    Great win streak by the Hawks and they have had impressive season, only losing 3 games since November. I don’t think they can come out the East.

  8. miguel says:

    Hawks will be good, no question.
    With their D and team first system and depth they will cruise to the playoffs as 1 seed.
    Champions? Maybe but probably not
    Finals? YEAH

  9. Wout says:

    And that 08-09 Celtics team missed KG for the playoffs with his knee injury (that he never fully recovered of), or else would’ve had a very big chance of going back-to-back.

    Moral of the story; The teams that get these crazy win streaks in a season, AND stay healthy have a 95% chance of winning it all.

  10. kobeballhog says:

    The hawks doesnt stand a chance against the west. Theres no team in th east that could topple the mighty west. With the upgrading the west got. it will be a disastrous season if the west couldnt bag the championship.

    • Matthew Johnson says:

      Except for the fact that they’ve beat most of the top teams in the West.

    • Mars Blackmon says:

      The myth of the Western Conference being vastly superior is over parity is what you have now I wouldn’t bet on the West top 4 teams against the East top 4 go on believing that fallacy if you must but it’s just emotional when the games slow down in the playoffs things change if you watch you’d know that.