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Longest NBA Losing Streak: Rockets Approaching Historic Milestone in Active Losing Streak

By David Hayes
Longest NBA losing streak in history leaves the Houston Rockets approaching a record active losing streak.
Longest NBA losing streak in history leaves the Houston Rockets approaching a record active losing streak. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
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It's safe to say Houston Rockets fans haven't been enjoying the 2020-21 NBA regular season the way they may have been hoping for before the season.

Between trading a blatantly unhappy James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and bringing in new talent like Victor Oladipo in return, the Rockets simply aren't where you want to be. Houston currently sits 11-30 with the second-worst record in the league, and the Rockets have now lost 20 straight games.

With that being said, here's a look at the longest losing streaks in NBA history.

Longest NBA Losing Streaks

1. 2014-15 / 2015-16 Philadelphia 76ers (28 Games)

Span: March 27, 2015 - Dec. 1, 2015

2. 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers (26 Games)

Span: Dec. 20, 2010 - Feb. 11, 2011

3. 2010-11 Philadelphia 76ers (26 Games)

Span: Jan. 31, 2014 - March 29, 2015

4. 1981-82 / 1982-83 Cleveland Cavaliers (24 Games)

Span: March 19, 1982 - Nov. 10, 1982

5. 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies (23 Games)

Span: Feb. 16, 1996 - April 3, 1996

6. 1997-98 Denver Nuggets (23 Games)

Span: Dec. 9, 1997 - Jan. 24, 1998

7. 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (23 Games)

Span: March 19, 2012 - Nov. 2, 2012

8. 1979-80 / 1980-81 Detroit Pistons (21 Games)

Span: March 7, 1980 - Oct. 25, 1980

9. 2020-21 Houston Rockets (20 Games)

Span: Feb. 6, 2021 - Active

10. 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (20 Games)

Span: Jan. 9, 1973 - Feb. 14, 1973

11. 1984-85 / 1985-86 New York Knicks (20 Games)

Span: March 23, 1985 - Nov. 12, 1985

12. 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks (20 Games)

Span: Nov. 13, 1993 - Dec. 23, 1993

13. 1993-94 / 1994-95 Los Angeles Clippers (20 Games)

Span: April 18, 1994 - Dec. 7, 1994


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