List of National Basketball Association longest losing streaks

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The 2010–11 Cleveland Cavaliers are tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for the longest losing streak in NBA history with 26 losses.

This is a list of the longest regular season losing streaks in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Streaks started at the end of one season are carried over into the following season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers lost 26 straight games in the 2010–11 season and 2013–14 seasons respectively, the most consecutive losses in NBA history. The Cavaliers broke their own previous record of 24 consecutive losses set in 1982.

The New York Knicks have the record for postseason losing streaks. New York lost 13 straight playoff games over 11 seasons. The Sacramento Kings have the largest span of drought, needing 15 seasons to get a playoff win.

There are two active streaks for postseason futility. At the end of the 2011–12 season season, the Utah Jazz have lost 8 playoff games in a row, and as of the 2013–14 season, the Charlotte Hornets have lost their last 10 playoff games, dating back to the 2001–02 season.

Key[edit]

^ Denotes streaks that spanned over two seasons
* Denotes streaks that are currently in progress

Streak[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Rank Games Team Season(s) Season
record(s)
Date Score Opponent Date Score Opponent
Beginning (first defeat) End (first victory)
1 (tie) 26 Cleveland Cavaliers 2010–11 19–63 December 20, 2010 90–101 Utah Jazz February 11, 2011 126–119 Los Angeles Clippers
1 (tie) 26 Philadelphia 76ers 2013–14 19–63 January 31, 2014 99–125 Atlanta Hawks March 29, 2014 123–98 Detroit Pistons
3 24 Cleveland Cavaliers^ 1981–82
1982–83
15–67
23–59
March 19, 1982 97–119 Milwaukee Bucks November 10, 1982 132–120 Golden State Warriors
4 (tie) 23 Vancouver Grizzlies 1995–96 15–67 February 16, 1996 100–110 Atlanta Hawks April 3, 1996 105–103 Minnesota Timberwolves
4 (tie) 23 Denver Nuggets 1997–98 11–71 December 9, 1997 83–92 Detroit Pistons January 24, 1998 99–81 Los Angeles Clippers
4 (tie) 23 Charlotte Bobcats 2011–12[A] 7–59 March 19, 2012 80–105 Philadelphia 76ers November 2, 2012 90–89 Indiana Pacers
7 21 Detroit Pistons^ 1979–80
1980–81
16–66
21–61
March 7, 1980 105–106 Washington Bullets October 25, 1980 112–109 Houston Rockets
8 (tie) 20 Philadelphia 76ers 1972–73 09–73 January 9, 1973 110–126 Chicago Bulls February 14, 1973 106–104 Milwaukee Bucks
8 (tie) 20 New York Knicks^ 1984–85
1985–86
24–58
23–59
March 23, 1985 105–113 Kansas City Kings November 12, 1985 103–93 Phoenix Suns
8 (tie) 20 Dallas Mavericks 1993–94 13–69 November 13, 1993 100–101 Utah Jazz December 23, 1993 93–89 Minnesota Timberwolves
8 (tie) 20 Los Angeles Clippers^ 1993–94
1994–95
27–55
17–65
April 18, 1994 131–134 Golden State Warriors December 7, 1994 96–94 Milwaukee Bucks
12 (tie) 19 Philadelphia 76ers^ 1971–72
1972–73
30–52
9–73
March 21, 1972 111–117 Atlanta Hawks November 11, 1972 114–112 Houston Rockets
12 (tie) 19 San Diego Clippers 1981–82 17–65 March 11, 1982 107–113 Kansas City Kings April 15, 1982 129–123 Portland Trail Blazers
12 (tie) 19 Los Angeles Clippers 1988–89 21–61 December 30, 1988 109–124 Los Angeles Lakers February 8, 1989 114–111 Houston Rockets
12 (tie) 19 Dallas Mavericks 1992–93 11–71 February 6, 1993 93–111 Denver Nuggets March 17, 1993 102–96 Orlando Magic
12 (tie) 19 Vancouver Grizzlies 1995–96 15–67 November 7, 1995 88–99 Dallas Mavericks December 15, 1995 104–100 Portland Trail Blazers
12 (tie) 19 Orlando Magic 2003–04 21–61 October 30, 2003 98–100 New Orleans Hornets December 8, 2003 105–98 Phoenix Suns
12 (tie) 19 New Jersey Nets^ 2008–09
2009–10
34–48
12–70
April 15, 2009 73–102 New York Knicks December 4, 2009 97–91 Charlotte Bobcats
19 (tie) 18 Utah Jazz 1981–82 25–57 February 24, 1982 90–132 Boston Celtics April 2, 1982 127–118 Kansas City Kings
19 (tie) 18 Boston Celtics 2006–07 24–58 January 7, 2007 79–87 Orlando Magic February 14, 2007 117–97 Milwaukee Bucks
19 (tie) 18 Minnesota Timberwolves^ 2010–11
2011–12
17–65
26–40
March 13, 2011 77–100 Golden State Warriors January 1, 2012 99–82 Dallas Mavericks
19 (tie) 18 Charlotte Bobcats 2012–13 21–61 November 26, 2012 69–114 Oklahoma City Thunder December 31, 2012 91–81 Chicago Bulls
  • A Streak carried over into the following season but broken with a win in the first game of the season.

Playoffs[edit]

This list contains only streaks consisting entirely of postseason games.

Rank Games Team Season
started
Season
ended
Number
of years
Date Score Opponent Date Score Opponent
Beginning (first defeat) End (first victory)
1 13 New York Knicks 2000–01 2011–12 11 May 2, 2001 93–100 Toronto Raptors May 6, 2012 89–87 Miami Heat
2 12 Memphis Grizzlies 2003–04 2010–11 7 April 17, 2004 74–98 San Antonio Spurs April 17, 2011 101–98 San Antonio Spurs
3 (tie) 11 Baltimore Bullets 1964–65 1969–70 5 April 11, 1965 112–120 Los Angeles Lakers March 29, 1970 127–113 New York Knicks
3 (tie) 11 Denver Nuggets 1987–88 1993–94 6 May 15, 1988 103–124 Dallas Mavericks May 2, 1994 110–93 Seattle SuperSonics
5 (tie) 10 Kansas City/
Sacramento Kings
1980–81 1995–96 15 April 24, 1981 88–92 Houston Rockets April 28, 1996 90–81 Seattle SuperSonics
5 (tie) 10 New Jersey Nets 1983–84 1991–92 8 May 8, 1984 82–94 Milwaukee Bucks April 28, 1992 109–104 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 (tie) 10 Portland Trail Blazers 1999–00 2002–03 3 June 4, 2000 84–89 Los Angeles Lakers April 27, 2003 98–79 Dallas Mavericks
5 (tie) 10 Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets* 2001–02[B] active after
2013–14
May 12, 2002 79–89 New Jersey Nets
9 9 New York Knicks 1952–53 1954–55 2 April 5, 1953 71–73 Minneapolis Lakers March 16, 1955 102–95 Boston Celtics
10 (tie) 8 Philadelphia Warriors 1947–48 1951–52 4 April 21, 1948 73–88 Baltimore Bullets March 22, 1952 100–95 Syracuse Nationals
10 (tie) 8 Milwaukee Bucks 1989–90 1999–00 10 May 3, 1990 86–110 Chicago Bulls April 27, 2000 104–91 Indiana Pacers
10 (tie) 8 Cleveland Cavaliers 1992–93 1994–95 2 May 11, 1993 84–91 Chicago Bulls April 29, 1995 90–84 New York Knicks
10 (tie) 8 Boston Celtics 2002–03 2004–05 2 May 5, 2003 93–97 New Jersey Nets April 23, 2005 102–82 Indiana Pacers
10 (tie) 8 Washington Wizards 2005–06 2007–08 2 May 3, 2006 120–121 Cleveland Cavaliers April 24, 2008 108–72 Cleveland Cavaliers
10 (tie) 8 Denver Nuggets 2006–07 2008–09 2 April 25, 2007 88–97 San Antonio Spurs April 19, 2009 113–84 New Orleans Hornets
10 (tie) 8 Utah Jazz* 2009–10 active after
2013–14
May 2, 2010 99–104 Los Angeles Lakers
  • B Final season of the original Charlotte Hornets. Later moved to New Orleans and renamed the Pelicans. As part of a deal with the NBA and the Pelicans, the renamed Hornets, formerly the Charlotte Bobcats, reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Hornets, while all of the Hornets' records during their time in New Orleans from 2002 to 2013 remained with the Pelicans.[1]

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