Longest winning streaks of all time

Published: Friday, March 22 2013 6:13 p.m. MDT

The Miami Heat continue to inch closer to the NBA record of 33 straight victories set by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Miami hit the court Sunday to play Charlotte and moved the winning streak to 26 games.

From basketball to badminton, there are plenty of winning streaks that have set high — and likely untouchable — standards.

Whether it's at the high school or professional level, or anywhere in between, these winning streaks span a variety of lengeths and an array of sports. Among some of the most impressive is a Utah connection: Wasatch High School's Cael Sanderson set a standard in college wrestling during his time at Iowa State.

Here's a look at some of the best winning streaks in sports history, as compiled by the Associated Press:

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Rockarolla
West Jordan, UT

Really, the LA Galaxy? Ties are not wins and therefore should not be includes in winning streaks. Only soccer fans would thing that this is an accomplishment. All other fans thing that this is a joke!

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Sanderson is the man.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Nice to see that VerGeer's record was included.

NK84
layton, UT

@Rocarolla:
So you are contending that squash should be considered more than soccer? The most played sport in the world? Awesome. And am glad that all other fans "thing" that it's a joke. I am not a soccer player, but would baseball have been played in a blizzard like the US national team did last weekend?

All of these streaks are amazing in their own right. Well done to all of them.

BooBoo
Orem, UT

This wasn't a carefully researched list, interesting as it may be. Heather McKay, for example, was unbeaten in professional women's squash from 1962 until her retirement in 1981, during which time she won 16 consecutive British championships (the effective World Championships, though not named as such). That's a much, much more impressive record than Jahangir Khan's. And the longest winning streak in sporting history is usually regarded as belonging to the New York Yacht Club, which successfully defended the America's Cup against all challengers from 1857 to 1983.

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