Other Notable Sports Winning Streaks – Hartford Courant

The UConn women’s basketball team is approaching a 100-game winning streak. If the Huskies beat South Carolina Monday, they likely won’t be challenged until the NCAA Tournament, so let’s take a look at streaks in other sports.

MLB: The 1916 New York Giants, coached by John McGraw, have what is listed as a major league record 26-game winning streak. But the Giants’ streak actually includes a tie after win No. 12, when a 1-1 game was halted after eight innings by rain. It would have been replayed if necessary at the end of the season, but it wasn’t needed with the Giants in fourth place in the NL. The streak went from Sept. 7 to Sept. 30.

NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers won 33 in a row, a streak that ended on Jan. 9, 1972. They went 69-13 that season, winning the championship. The streak was stopped by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks, 120-104. Abdul-Jabbar, a future Laker, would win the MVP Award that year, ahead of the Lakers’ Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain.

NBA II: This is one of those “will never happen again” things, especially with free agency in the mix. The Celtics won eight straight championships from 1958-59 to 1965-66. The dynasty, built by center Bill Russell and coach Red Auerbach, was halted in 1967 (when the Sixers won), but the Celts won again in 1968 and 1969 for a hard-to-fathom 10 titles in 11 seasons.

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