List of NBA teams by single season win percentage

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This is a list of the all-time best regular season winning percentages in the NBA.

Win% Winning percentage
W Games won
L Games lost
H Home record
R Road record
N Neutral record
Diff Average point differential[a]

Above .750[edit]

PCT W L H R N Diff Team Season Results W L H R Notes Coach
Regular season Postseason
.878 72 10 39–2 33–8 0–0 12.2 Chicago Bulls 1995–96 Won NBA Championship 15 3 10-0 5-3 Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.841 69 13 36–5 31–7 2–1 12.3 Los Angeles Lakers 1971–72 Won NBA Championship 12 3 6-2 6-1 Sharman, BillBill Sharman
.841 69 13 39–2 30–11 0–0 10.8 Chicago Bulls 1996–97 Won NBA Championship 15 4 10-1 5-3 Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.840 68 13 28–2 26–8 14–3 9.4 Philadelphia 76ers 1966–67 Won NBA Championship 11 4 6-2 5-2 Hannum, AlexAlex Hannum
.829 68 14 33–6 32–8 3–0 8.2 Boston Celtics 1972–73 Lost Eastern Conference Finals 7 6 4-3 3-3
  • Second most road wins in NBA history
Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn
.817 67 15 40–1 27–14 0–0 9.4 Boston Celtics 1985–86 Won NBA Championship 15 3 10-0 5-3 Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
.817 67 15 36–5 31–10 0–0 10.4 Chicago Bulls 1991–92 Won NBA Championship 15 7 9-3 6-4
  • Winning streaks of 14 and 13 games[7]
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.817 67 15 36–5 31–10 0–0 8.5 Los Angeles Lakers 1999–00 Won NBA Championship 15 8 11–2 4–6
  • Winning streaks of 19, 16, and 11 games
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.817 67 15 36–5 31–10 0–0 7.2 Dallas Mavericks 2006–07 Lost Western Conference 1st Round 2 4 2–1 0–3 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson
.817 49 11 29–1 20–10 0–0 9.9 Washington Capitols 1946–47 Lost Semi-Finals 2 4 0–3 2–1 Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach
.805 66 16 34–2 28–13 4–1 12.3 Milwaukee Bucks 1970–71 Won NBA Championship 12 2 8-0 4-2 Costello, LarryLarry Costello
.805 66 16 35–6 31–10 0–0 10.3 Boston Celtics 2007–08 Won NBA Championship 16 10 13-1 3-9
  • Best single-season improvement in NBA history (42 wins)[12]
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers
.805 66 16 39–2 27–14 0–0 8.9 Cleveland Cavaliers 2008–09 Lost Eastern Conference Finals 10 4 6–1 4–3 Brown, MikeMike Brown
.805 66 16 37–4 29–12 0–0 7.9 Miami Heat 2012–13 Won NBA Championship 16 7 10–3 6–4 Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra
.797 51 13 31–1 15–12 5–0 8.2 Syracuse Nationals 1949–50 Lost NBA Finals 6 5 5–1 1–4
  • Started 16–1
  • 12 game winning streak
Cervi, AlAl Cervi
.793 65 17 35–6 30–11 0–0 7.7 Philadelphia 76ers 1982–83 Won NBA Championship 12 1 7-0 5-1 Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
.793 65 17 37–4 28–13 0–0 9.3 Los Angeles Lakers 1986–87 Won NBA Championship 15 3 10–0 5–3 Riley, PatPat Riley
.793 65 17 36–5 29–12 0–0 7.7 Los Angeles Lakers 2008–09 Won NBA Championship 16 7 10–2 6–5 Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.787 59 16 25–2 23–9 11–5 8.3 Boston Celtics 1959–60 Won NBA Championship 8 5 5–2 3–3
  • 17 game winning streak
  • Undefeated December (15-0)[14]
Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach
.780 64 18 38–3 26–15 0–0 7.8 Seattle SuperSonics 1995–96 Lost NBA Finals 13 8 8–3 5–5
  • 14 game winning streak
  • Lost to 72-10 Chicago Bulls in NBA Finals
Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
.780 64 18 38–3 26–15 0–0 8.8 Utah Jazz 1996–97 Lost NBA Finals 13 7 10–1 3–6 Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
.780 64 18 37–4 27–14 0–0 6.7 Detroit Pistons 2005–06 Lost Eastern Conference Finals 10 8 Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders
.775 62 18 27–3 27–11 8–4 8.4 Boston Celtics 1964–65 Won NBA Championship 8 4 7-0 1-4
  • 16 game winning streak[16]
Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach
.768 63 19 31–5 27–12 5–2 11.2 Milwaukee Bucks 1971–72 Lost Western Conference Finals 6 5
  • Started 17–1
Costello, LarryLarry Costello
.768 63 19 35–6 28–13 0–0 6.4 Boston Celtics 1981–82 Lost Eastern Conference Finals 7 5
  • 18 game winning streak[17]
Fitch, BillBill Fitch
.768 63 19 35–6 28–13 0–0 6.6 Boston Celtics 1984–85 Lost NBA Finals 13 8
  • Lost to 62-20 Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals
Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
.768 63 19 37–4 26–15 0–0 5.8 Detroit Pistons 1988–89 Won NBA Championship 15 2 Daly, ChuckChuck Daly
.768 63 19 37–4 26–15 0–0 6.8 Los Angeles Lakers 1989–90 Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals 4 5 Riley, PatPat Riley
.768 63 19 36–5 27–14 0–0 8.7 Portland Trail Blazers 1990–91 Lost Western Conference Finals 9 7
  • Started 19-1
  • 16 game winning streak[18]
Adelman, RickRick Adelman
.768 63 19 37–4 26–15 0–0 9.1 Seattle SuperSonics 1993–94 Lost Western Conference 1st Round 2 3
  • Started 16-1
  • First team to lose to an 8th seed
Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
.768 63 19 34–7 29–12 0–0 6.8 San Antonio Spurs 2005–06 Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals 7 6 Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
.758 50 16 26–7 24–9 0–0 8.2 Chicago Bulls 2011–12 Lost Eastern Conference 1st Round 2 4 2–1 0–3
  • Held tie-breaker over San Antonio Spurs
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau
.758 50 16 28–5 22–11 0–0 7.2 San Antonio Spurs 2011–12 Lost Western Conference Finals 10 4 6–1 4–3
  • Won last ten games of the regular season and first ten games of the playoffs
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
.756 62 20 27–8 25–12 10–0 8.6 Philadelphia 76ers 1967–68 Lost Eastern Division Finals 7 6 Hannum, AlexAlex Hannum
.756 62 20 35–6 27–14 0–0 5.9 Boston Celtics 1980–81 Won NBA Championship 12 5 7–2 5–3
  • Winning streaks of 13 and 12 games
Fitch, BillBill Fitch
.756 62 20 37–4 25–16 0–0 7.9 Philadelphia 76ers 1980–81 Lost Eastern Conference Finals 9 7
  • 12 game winning streak and two additional streaks of 10 games
Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
.756 62 20 33–8 29–12 0–0 6.6 Boston Celtics 1983–84 Won NBA Championship 15 8 Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
.756 62 20 36–5 26–15 0–0 7.4 Los Angeles Lakers 1984–85 Won NBA Championship 15 4 8–2 7–2
  • Defeated 63-19 Boston Celtics in NBA Finals
Riley, PatPat Riley
.756 62 20 35–6 27–14 0–0 7.7 Los Angeles Lakers 1985–86 Lost Western Conference Finals 8 6 Riley, PatPat Riley
.756 62 20 36–5 26–15 0–0 5.8 Los Angeles Lakers 1987–88 Won NBA Championship 15 9 12–2 3–6
  • 15 game winning streak[19]
Riley, PatPat Riley
.756 62 20 35–6 27–14 0–0 6.7 Phoenix Suns 1992–93 Lost NBA Finals 13 11
  • Undefeated December (14-0)
  • 14 game winning streak[20]
Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal
.756 62 20 33–8 29–12 0–0 6.0 San Antonio Spurs 1994–95 Lost Western Conference Finals 9 6
  • 15 game winning streak[21]
  • Started 7-9
Hill, BobBob Hill
.756 62 20 37–4 25–16 0–0 7.1 Chicago Bulls 1997–98 Won NBA Championship 15 6 10-2 5-4
  • 13 game winning streak
  • Defeated 62-20 Utah Jazz in NBA Finals
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.756 62 20 36–5 26–15 0–0 6.5 Utah Jazz 1997–98 Lost NBA Finals 13 7 8-3 5-4
  • Lost to 62-20 Chicago Bulls in NBA Finals
Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
.756 62 20 31–10 31–10 0–0 7.1 Phoenix Suns 2004–05 Lost Western Conference Finals 9 6
  • Followed a series of going 18-1 with a 6 game losing streak[22]
D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni
.756 62 20 35–6 27–14 0–0 7.5 Boston Celtics 2008–09 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals 7 7 5-3 2-4 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers
.756 62 20 36–5 26–15 0–0 7.3 Chicago Bulls 2010–11 Lost Eastern Conference Finals 9 7 6-3 3-4
  • Won Central Division by 25 games over 2nd place Indiana Pacers
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau
.756 62 20 32–9 30–11 0–0 7.7 San Antonio Spurs 2013–14
  • 19-game winning streak
Gregg Popovich

Notes[edit]

  • a Formula for average point differential: \mbox{Average point differential}=\frac{\mbox{Total points for}-\mbox{Total points against}}{\mbox{Total games played}}

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995–96 Chicago Bulls Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b NBA.com: Regular Season Records: Miscellaneous
  3. ^ "1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1996–97 Chicago Bulls Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ ESPN – Elias Says ... – ESPN
  6. ^ "1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Chicago Bulls 1991–92 Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  8. ^ ESPN – Atlanta vs. Dallas Recap, February 26, 2007
  9. ^ 2006–07 Dallas Mavericks Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  10. ^ 1946–47 Washington Capitols Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  11. ^ 1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Mark Murphy, C’s can do as they please – Stars sit, but team still clinches homecourt, Boston Herald, April 6, 2008.
  13. ^ 1982–83 Philadelphia 76ers Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  14. ^ 1959–60 Boston Celtics Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  15. ^ 1996–97 Utah Jazz Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  16. ^ 1964–65 Boston Celtics Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  17. ^ 1981–82 Boston Celtics Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  18. ^ 1990–91 Portland Trail Blazers Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  19. ^ 1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  20. ^ 1992–93 Phoenix Suns Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  21. ^ 1994–95 San Antonio Spurs Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  22. ^ 2004–05 Phoenix Suns Games – Basketball-Reference.com