NBA: LA Clippers win streak snapped at 17


Blake Griffin shoots over Kenneth Faried

Prior to their 92:78 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers had run off a team record 17 straight wins. The last time they were on the losing end of a score they lost to the New Orleans Hornets at the Staples Center in LA, 98:105 on November 26th. That loss was their fourth straight, dropping them from an 8-2 record in their first 10 games of the 2012-13 season, to 8-6.

During their run, the Clippers didn’t just win games, they destroyed a number of teams. After beating the Timberwolves at home by six, they trashed the Sacramento Kings by 35. A few days later they hosted the Mavericks and sent them home with a 22-point loss. Then the Phoenix Suns came to town and found themselves on the losing side of an 18-point deficit. The Raptors lost by 19, the Bucks in Milwaukee by 26, the Pistons in Detroit by 12 and so on… The only team that could get closer than five (Chicago Bulls), was the Utah Jazz, who lost by one, then by two and then by nine on Sunday. It was an impressive run that had the Clippers outscoring their opponents 1780-1522 or 104.7-89.5 per game.

The streak puts the Clippers in a tie for 12th place with five other teams on the list of longest winning streaks in NBA history. The longest belonging to the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who ran off 33 in a row during a stretch from Nov. 5th to Jan. 9th. The second longest was the 22-games in a row won by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets from Jan. 29th thru Mar. 18th. The Rockets mark is the most recent on the longest streaks in NBA history above 15 games.

The loss also drops the Clippers from the ranks of the best record in basketball, as their 25-7 (.781) mark is slightly worse than the OKC Thunder’s 24-6 (.800). The Thunder enjoy a 7.5 game advantage over the Nuggets (18-15) in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division and the Clippers are 3.5 games ahead of the Golden State Warriors (21-10) in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. In the third spot in the Pacific Division is the Los Angeles Lakers, who are still struggling this season and now sit at 15-16, 9.5 games out of first place.

Clippers Schedule thru the Streak

Game Day Date Opponent Result Record
1 Wednesday Oct 31 GrizzliesGrizzlies W:101-92 1-0
2 Friday Nov 02 at LakersLakers W:95-105 2-0
3 Saturday Nov 03 WarriorsWarriors L:110-114 2-1
4 Monday Nov 05 CavaliersCavaliers L:101-108 2-2
5 Wednesday Nov 07 SpursSpurs W:106-84 3-2
6 Thursday Nov 08 at Trail BlazersTrail Blazers W:90-103 4-2
7 Sunday Nov 11 HawksHawks W:89-76 5-2
8 Wednesday Nov 14 HeatHeat W:107-100 6-2
9 Saturday Nov 17 BullsBulls W:101-80 7-2
10 Monday Nov 19 at SpursSpurs W:87-92 8-2
11 Wednesday Nov 21 at ThunderThunder L:117-111 8-3
12 Friday Nov 23 at NetsNets L:86-76 8-4
13 Saturday Nov 24 at HawksHawks L:104-93 8-5
14 Monday Nov 26 HornetsHornets L:98-105 8-6
15 Wednesday Nov 28 TimberwolvesTimberwolves W:101-95 9-6
16 Saturday Dec 01 KingsKings W:116-81 10-6
17 Monday Dec 03 at JazzJazz W:104-105 11-6
18 Wednesday Dec 05 MavericksMavericks W:112-90 12-6
19 Saturday Dec 08 SunsSuns W:117-99 13-6
20 Sunday Dec 09 RaptorsRaptors W:102-83 14-6
21 Tuesday Dec 11 at BullsBulls W:89-94 15-6
22 Wednesday Dec 12 at BobcatsBobcats W:94-100 16-6
23 Saturday Dec 15 at BucksBucks W:85-111 17-6
24 Monday Dec 17 at PistonsPistons W:76-88 18-6
25 Wednesday Dec 19 HornetsHornets W:93-77 19-6
26 Friday Dec 21 KingsKings W:97-85 20-6
27 Sunday Dec 23 at SunsSuns W:77-103 21-6
28 Tuesday Dec 25 NuggetsNuggets W:112-100 22-6
29 Thursday Dec 27 CelticsCeltics W:106-77 23-6
30 Friday Dec 28 at JazzJazz W:114-116 24-6
31 Sunday Dec 30 JazzJazz W:107-96 25-6
32 Tuesday Jan 01 at NuggetsNuggets L:78-92 25-7


  1. willy on January 4, 2013 at 10:59

    LAkers and Clippers switched names?

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