Heading into Friday's contest against the Sacramento Kings, the San Antonio Spurs have won 11 consecutive games for the second time this season and need just one more victory to achieve sole possession of the NBA's longest winning streak thus far in 2013-14.
In addition to San Antonio's ongoing streak, the Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers both went on 11-game runs back in November, and the Los Angeles Clippers did the same from Feb. 23 to March 16, before losing to the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
All three teams pieced together their season-long streaks during a soft stretch of the schedule, but the Spurs' ongoing run has at least included some premium wins, notably a 24-point home triumph over the Miami Heat on March 6 and a 13-point home win over Portland on March 12.
The Spurs have outscored their opponents by 15.4 points per contest during the streak, after winning by an average margin of 15.1 during the prior 11-game run. Those numbers compare quite closely to the 15.4-point margin posted by Los Angeles during its streak, which included wins over the Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns (twice).
The 11-game streak that stands out from the others is Portland's, as the Blazers won games No. 5-15 by an average margin of just 8.8 points while dealing with a particularly soft part of their schedule.
Last year's NBA season-long winning streak came with a somewhat modest 11.4-point average margin of victory, but there was nothing modest about the fact that LeBron James and the Heat won 26 consecutive games.
Not that it's a real possibility, but the Spurs could match that 26-game streak by winning each of their 15 remaining contests.
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