List of NBA franchise post-season streaks

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This is a list of National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise post-season appearance streaks. This list includes the all-time and the active consecutive playoffs appearance. Aside from the NBA Playoff appearance streaks, this list also includes the NBA Finals appearance streak and the NBA championships win streak.

The San Antonio Spurs hold the longest active consecutive playoff appearances with 21 appearances, starting in the 1998 NBA Playoffs (also the longest active playoff streak in any major North American sports league as of 2017). The Spurs have won five NBA championships during the streak. The Philadelphia 76ers (formerly known as Syracuse Nationals) hold the all-time record for consecutive playoff appearances with 22 straight appearances between 1950 and 1971. The 76ers won two NBA championships during their streak. The Boston Celtics hold the longest consecutive NBA Finals appearance streak with ten appearances between 1957 and 1966. During the streak, the Celtics won eight consecutive NBA championships—also an NBA record.

Active streaks[edit]

NBA Playoffs appearance streaks[edit]

This is a list of teams that have active and current consecutive seasons with a playoff appearance.

List updated through 2018 Playoffs.[1]

0^0 Longest streak in team history
0~0 Tied for longest streak in team history
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
appearance streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
21 seasons San Antonio Spurs^ 19982018 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) [2]
6 seasons Golden State Warriors~ 20132018 3 (2015, 2017, 2018) [3]
6 seasons Houston Rockets 20132018 [4]
5 seasons Portland Trail Blazers 20142018 [5]
5 seasons Toronto Raptors^ 20142018 [6]
4 seasons Boston Celtics 20152018 [7]
4 seasons Cleveland Cavaliers 20152018 1 (2016) [8]
3 seasons Indiana Pacers 20162018 [9]
3 seasons Oklahoma City Thunder 20162018 [10]
2 seasons Milwaukee Bucks 20172018 [11]
2 seasons Utah Jazz 20172018 [12]
2 seasons Washington Wizards 20172018 [13]
1 season Miami Heat 2018 [14]
1 season Minnesota Timberwolves 2018 [15]
1 season New Orleans Pelicans 2018 [16]
1 season Philadelphia 76ers 2018 [17]

NBA Playoffs series win streaks[edit]

This is a list of teams that have active and current consecutive seasons with a playoff series win.

List updated through the 2018 playoffs.[1]

0^0 Longest streak in team history
0~0 Tied for longest streak in team history
Consecutive seasons with a series win
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
series win streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
4 seasons Golden State Warriors ^ 20152018 3 (2015, 2017, 2018) [3]
4 seasons Cleveland Cavaliers 20152018 1 (2016) [8]
3 seasons Toronto Raptors ^ 20162018 [6]
2 seasons Houston Rockets 20172018 [4]
2 seasons Utah Jazz 20172018 [12]
2 seasons Boston Celtics 20172018
1 season New Orleans Pelicans ~ 2018 [16]
1 season Philadelphia 76ers 2018 [17]

All-time streaks[edit]

NBA Playoffs appearance streaks[edit]

Appearance streaks updated through the 2018 playoffs.
0^0 Denotes active streak
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
appearance streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
22 seasons Syracuse Nationals
Philadelphia 76ers
19501963
19641971
2 (1955, 1967) [17]
21 seasons Portland Trail Blazers 19832003 [18]
21 seasons San Antonio Spurs^ 19982018 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) [19]
20 seasons Utah Jazz 19842003 [20]
19 seasons Boston Celtics 19511969 11 (1957, 19591966, 1968, 1969) [21]
17 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19771993 5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) [22]
16 seasons Minneapolis Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
19591960
19611974
1 (1972) [22]
14 seasons Fort Wayne Pistons
Detroit Pistons
19501957
19581963
[23]
14 seasons Boston Celtics 19801993 3 (1981, 1984, 1986) [7]
14 seasons Chicago Bulls 19851998 6 (19911993, 19961998) [24]
14 seasons New York Knicks 19882001 [25]
13 seasons Phoenix Suns 19892001 [26]
12 seasons Baltimore Bullets
Capitol Bullets
Washington Bullets
19691973
1974
19751980
1 (1978) [27]
12 seasons Philadelphia 76ers 19761987 1 (1983) [17]
12 seasons Milwaukee Bucks 19801991 [28]
12 seasons Dallas Mavericks 20012012 1 (2011) [29]
11 seasons St. Louis Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
19631968
19691973
[30]
10 seasons Denver Nuggets 2004-2013
10 seasons Atlanta Hawks 20082017

NBA Conference Finals appearance streaks[edit]

Appearance streaks up to the 2018 playoffs; Includes both the NBA Conference Finals, introduced in 1971, and its predecessor Division Finals.
0^0 Denotes active streak
Streak Team NBA Conference Finals
appearance streak
Conference titles won
during streak
Reference
13 seasons Boston Celtics 19571969 12 (1957–1966, 1968–69) [7]
8 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19821989 7 (1982–85, 1987–89) [22]
6 seasons St. Louis Hawks 19561961 4 (1957–58, 1960–61) [30]
6 seasons Detroit Pistons 20032008 2 (2004–05) [23]
5 seasons New York Knicks 19491953 3 (1951–53) [25]
5 seasons Minneapolis Lakers 19511955 3 (1952–54) [22]
5 seasons Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers 19591963 3 (1959, 1962–63) [22]
5 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19681973 4 (1968–70, 1972–73) [22]
5 seasons New York Knicks 19691974 3 (1970, 1972–73) [25]
5 seasons Boston Celtics 19841988 4 (1984–87) [7]
5 seasons Detroit Pistons 19871991 3 (1988–90) [23]
5 seasons Chicago Bulls 19891993 3 (1991–93) [24]
4 seasons Syracuse Nationals 19541957 2 (1956–57) [17]
4 seasons Philadelphia 76ers 19651968 1 (1967) [17]
4 seasons Philadelphia 76ers 19801984 2 (1982–83) [17]
4 seasons Miami Heat 20112014 4 (2011–14) [14]
4 seasons Golden State Warriors ^ 20152018 4 (2015-18) [3]
4 seasons Cleveland Cavaliers ^ 20152018 4 (2015-18) [8]

NBA Finals appearance streaks[edit]

Appearance streaks updated through 2018 NBA Playoffs.
0^0 Denotes active streak
Streak Team NBA Finals
appearance streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
10 seasons Boston Celtics 19571966 9 (1957, 1959–1966) [7]
4 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19821985 2 (1982, 1985) [22]
4 seasons Boston Celtics 19841987 2 (1984, 1986) [7]
4 seasons Miami Heat 20112014 2 (2012, 2013) [14]
4 seasons Cleveland Cavaliers 20152018 1 (2016) [8]
4 seasons Golden State Warriors 20152018 3 (2015, 2017, 2018) [3]
3 seasons New York Knicks 19511953 [25]
3 seasons Minneapolis Lakers 19521954 3 (1952–1954) [22]
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19681970 [22]
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19871989 2 (1987, 1988) [22]
3 seasons Detroit Pistons 19881990 2 (1989, 1990) [23]
3 seasons Chicago Bulls 19911993 3 (1991–1993) [24]
3 seasons Chicago Bulls 19961998 3 (1996–1998) [24]
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 20002002 3 (2000–2002) [22]
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 20082010 2 (2009, 2010) [22]
2 seasons Philadelphia Warriors 19471948 1 (1947) [3]
2 seasons Minneapolis Lakers 19491950 2 (1949, 1950) [22]
2 seasons Syracuse Nationals 19541955 1 (1955) [17]
2 seasons Fort Wayne Pistons 19551956 1 (1956) [23]
2 seasons St. Louis Hawks 19571958 1 (1958) [30]
2 seasons St. Louis Hawks 19601961 [30]
2 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19621963 [22]
2 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19651966 [22]
2 seasons Boston Celtics 19681969 2 (1968, 1969) [7]
2 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 19721973 1 (1972) [22]
2 seasons New York Knicks 19721973 1 (1973) [25]
2 seasons Washington Bullets 19781979 1 (1978) [13]
2 seasons Seattle SuperSonics 19781979 1 (1979) [10]
2 seasons Philadelphia 76ers 19821983 1 (1983) [17]
2 seasons Houston Rockets 19941995 2 (1994, 1995) [4]
2 seasons Utah Jazz 19971998 [12]
2 seasons New Jersey Nets 20022003 [31]
2 seasons Detroit Pistons 20042005 1 (2004) [23]
2 seasons San Antonio Spurs 20132014 1 (2014) [2]

NBA championships win streaks[edit]

Championship streaks up to and including the 2018 NBA Playoffs


0^0 Denotes active streak
Streak Team NBA championships
win streak
Reference
8 championships Boston Celtics 19591966 [7]
3 championships Minneapolis Lakers 19521954 [22]
3 championships Chicago Bulls 19911993 [24]
3 championships Chicago Bulls 19961998 [24]
3 championships Los Angeles Lakers 20002002 [22]
2 championships Minneapolis Lakers 19491950 [22]
2 championships Boston Celtics 19681969 [7]
2 championships Los Angeles Lakers 19871988 [22]
2 championships Detroit Pistons 19891990 [23]
2 championships Houston Rockets 19941995 [4]
2 championships Los Angeles Lakers 20092010 [22]
2 championships Miami Heat 20122013 [14]
2 championships Golden State Warriors 20172018 [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
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