Top 5 Longest Losing Streaks in the NBA

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The Los Angeles Lakers have the record of the longest winning streak in the NBA with 33 games in the 1971-1972 season. But which teams have compiled the longest losing streaks over the years? And does a long losing streak go together with a bad winning percentage in that season?

5. Bobcats – Denver – Grizzlies – 23 games

These three teams are tied on the fifth place of longest losing streak in the NBA. In 2011-2012, the Charlotte Bobcats lost 23 games in a row, but they also ended with a 7-59 record. This is the worst win percentage ever by an NBA team.

The Grizzlies (1995-1996) and the Nuggets (1997-1998) didn’t do much better, as they compiled 15-67 and 11-71 records. The Grizzlies did have a promising start to the season, as they won their first two games, but they immediately had a 19 game losing streak. Later that season, they had their 23 game losing streak.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – 24 games

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On March 19, 1982, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 97-119 against the Milwaukee Bucks. It would take until November 10 of that year, and the following season, before the Cavs would win another game.

2. 76ers & Cavaliers – 26 games

Both the 76ers and the Cavaliers had a losing streak of 26 games, as well as compiling a 19-65 record that season. The Cavaliers had this streak in 2010-2011, while the 76ers managed to do this in 2013-2014.

1. Philadelphia 76ers – 28 games

This is Philadelphia’s second appearance on this list, and both worst records were during the ‘Process’ era. The 76ers had a 28 games losing streak that spanned over two seasons, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Their streak began on March 27, 2015 and ended December 1st, 2015.

Photo: Troy Taormina – USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have the record of the longest winning streak in the NBA with 33 games in the 1971-1972 season. But which teams have compiled the longest losing streaks over the years? And does a long losing streak go together with a bad winning percentage in that season?

5. Bobcats – Denver – Grizzlies – 23 games

These three teams are tied on the fifth place of longest losing streak in the NBA. In 2011-2012, the Charlotte Bobcats lost 23 games in a row, but they also ended with a 7-59 record. This is the worst win percentage ever by an NBA team.

The Grizzlies (1995-1996) and the Nuggets (1997-1998) didn’t do much better, as they compiled 15-67 and 11-71 records. The Grizzlies did have a promising start to the season, as they won their first two games, but they immediately had a 19 game losing streak. Later that season, they had their 23 game losing streak.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – 24 games

Photo: Cleveland Cavaliers

On March 19, 1982, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 97-119 against the Milwaukee Bucks. It would take until November 10 of that year, and the following season, before the Cavs would win another game.

2. 76ers & Cavaliers – 26 games

Both the 76ers and the Cavaliers had a losing streak of 26 games, as well as compiling a 19-65 record that season. The Cavaliers had this streak in 2010-2011, while the 76ers managed to do this in 2013-2014.

1. Philadelphia 76ers – 28 games

This is Philadelphia’s second appearance on this list, and both worst records were during the ‘Process’ era. The 76ers had a 28 games losing streak that spanned over two seasons, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Their streak began on March 27, 2015 and ended December 1st, 2015.

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