As I write this article, on Sunday evening, February 9, the Raptors have won 14 games in a row.
Four. Frickin. Teen.
As reported by Gilbert McGregor for NBA.com, the Raps have now tied for the longest winning streak ever by a Canadian professional sports team. The Calgary Stampeders are part of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and in 2016 they set a rather incredible record of 14 wins in a row. Long before that, in 1968, the Montreal Canadians of the NHL had a 12-win streak.
Prior to this, the Raps’ longest winning streak was 11 games long. In fact, they did this three times. They sure haven’t made it this far before, though!
Not only have they beat their own record, but the boys from the 6 have also beat the previous record for a Toronto-based professional sports team, MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays racked up an impressive 11-game winning streak back in 2015 and the city (heck, the whole country!) went wild! In hockey, the Toronto Maple Leafs saw a 10-game winning streak in 1993. I risk the wrath of many Canadians (and the other four or five Leafs fans across the world) when I say that nobody really cares what the Leafs do.
And don’t forget, all of this has been achieved while the Raps have dealt with what seems like a streak of never-ending injuries. As Doug Smith from The Star points out, six of the 14 games have been won while at least one player of the top seven in rotation has been suffering from one injury or another. Most recently, poor, poor Kyle Lowry hasn’t been able to play since Friday when he injured his neck during a game against the Indiana Pacers.
Exactly how impressive is Toronto’s streak, as compared to other NBA teams? Well, the Milwaukee Bucks had an 18-game winning streak earlier this season (we’re only 4 games away from matching that! Woot!). And, of course, the Lakers hold the record for the most consecutive wins in the NBA: an unbelievable 33 straight games were won during the 1971-72 season.
Okay boys, next up, we want to see you beat the insane record winning streak that the Toronto Wolfpack (rugby) experienced this year: 23 games. There are 29 games left in the regular season, so I don’t see any reason why this can’t happen. None at all.
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