By defeating the Golden State Warriors at home on Tuesday night, despite not having Devin Booker in the second half, the Phoenix Suns have extended their win streak to 17.
This streak is now tied with the longest in franchise history, 15 years since it was first set in the 2006-07 season.
Winning 17 consecutive games takes the reigning Western Conference Champions to the top of the league standings and has helped them bounce back from a 1-3 start to the season.
Of the 17 games, the Suns have nearly won an equal amount at home at the Footprint Center (9) and on the road (8). During this streak, the team has dominated on both ends of the floor as they rank third for their defensive rating and seventh for offensive rating – making them one of only four teams to rank in the Top 10 for both.
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While it is easily the longest in the 2021-22 season, the Suns’ streak is the most number of games won by an NBA team since the Milwaukee Bucks won 18 straight late in 2019.
Their current run of 17 straight wins ranks just outside the top 20 all-time but just a few more wins will have Phoenix crack into the Top 5.
That said, here’s a look at the five longest single-season win streaks in NBA history:
|33||Los Angeles Lakers*||1971-72|
|24||Golden State Warriors||2015-16|
*Teams to have won the championship that season
At this point, three of the five teams to have recorded win streaks of 20 or more have won the NBA title that season. So, with this streak, the Suns have vaulted themselves from the tier of contenders to the tier of favorites.
Their only roadblock? – The rebuilding Detroit Pistons and the Golden State Warriors.
To set a new franchise record for a win streak, the Suns must defeat the Pistons on Thursday and then on a quick turnaround, defeat the Warriors on Friday if they want to inch closer to 20 straight wins.