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:

15 - L.A. Galaxy

The Galaxy have twice gone on 15-match regular season unbeaten streaks, in 1997-98 and again in 2009-10.

The MLS Los Angeles team won the final six games of its 1997 regular season, then was victorious in its first nine games of the 1998 season. The streak included a penalty-kick victory over San Jose in the 1998 season opener, as well as three victories where the Galaxy scored five or more goals.

The 2009-10 streak included 12 wins and three ties, and began with the final three games of the 2009 regular season. Real Salt Lake broke the streak with a 1-0 victory over the Galaxy on June 9, 2010.

17 - Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins laid claim to the best regular-season record in the 1992-93 NHL season after the team won 17 straight games near the end of the year. This came after Pittsburgh won or tied its first 10 games of the season.

The streak, which spanned from March 9 to April 10 in 1993, is the longest winning streak in NHL history. Twice, the Penguins won in overtime (4-3 vs. Los Angeles on March 11 and 4-3 vs. Montreal on April 7) and Pittsburgh won a pair by scoring 10 goals (10-2 vs. Hartford on April 1 and 10-4 vs. New York Rangers on April 9).

21 - New England Patriots

The Patriots went undefeated from October 2003 to October 2004, making for the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history.

During this stretch, New England won three postseason games during the 2003 season, beating Carolina 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII. New England then won its first six games of the 2004 season. The Patriots went on to finish 14-2 that year and win their second straight Super Bowl, and third in four years.

26 - New York Baseball Giants

The Giants went from a sub-.500 team to a squad who finished 20 games above .500 by going on a 27-game unbeaten streak in September 1916. Beginning on Sept. 7 and stretching through the first game of a doubleheader on Sept. 30, the MLB New York team did not lose, winning 26 times and tying once. The 26 straight wins is the longest streak in MLB history.

When the streak began, New York had a 59-62-2 record. By the end of the year, the Giants were 86-66-3. Earlier in the season, the Giants also won 19 of 20 during one stretch, after the team started the season 2-13.

33 - Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers currently own the NBA's longest winning streak, as they won 33 straight during the 1971-72 season, though the Heat are closing in after they beat Cleveland for their 24th straight victory on Wednesday.

Los Angeles' streak lasted just more than two months, as the Lakers went 30-0 in November and December in 1971. At the time the streak ended, Los Angeles' record was 39-3, and the Lakers went on to win the NBA title that season.

46 - Guillermo Vilas

Guillermo Vilas holds the longest match winning streak in the men's tennis Open era, going undefeated in 46 straight matches during the 1977 season. His streak began in July and lasted through the U.S. Open.

Vilas, who won all his matches during the streak on clay, edges out Ivan Lendl's streak. Lendl won 44 consecutive matches spanning the 1981-82 seasons. Vilas also owns a 53-match winning streak on clay courts.

54 - Kincesm
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Kincesm, born in 1874, owns the title of most successful thoroughbred racehorse ever. In 54 starts, the racehorse won 54 times.

Kincesm's streak, which includes victories all around Europe, began in June of 1876 and ran through August of 1879.

55 - Mount Union

The Mount Union football team, which competes in Division III, owns the NCAA record with a 55-game winning streak, established from 2000-03. The Purple Raiders also held the previous record, winning 54 games in a row.

Among the highlights of Mount Union's 55-game streak was winning three national championships, 15 Division III playoff games and holding 11 opponents scoreless. The Purple Raiders won by an average score of 46.4 to 11.7 during that stretch.

62 - U.S. Men's National Basketball

The U.S. men's basketball team enjoyed a 64-game, 36-year stretch where it did not lose, from 1936-72. The streak began with a forfeit from the Spanish National Team and ended when the Soviet Union National Team edged the Americans 51-50 in September 1972.

During that stretch, the U.S. men won seven consecutive titles at the Olympic Games.

Jesse Renick, left, captain of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, is congratulated by Swiss team captain Maurice Chollet in Harringay Arena in London, England, July 30, 1948, during one of the Americans' victories during the streak. The U.S. team beat the Swiss team, 86-21.

74 - Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova had a near-perfect 1984 season, winning 74 straight matches, the longest winning streak in tennis history. The streak began in the U.S. Indoor Championships and ended in the Australian Open semifinals. She finished the season with 78 victories in 80 matches that year.

That isn't the only streak Navratilova had going on during that stretch. From 1983 to 1985, she teamed with Pam Shriver to go on a 109-match winning streak.

87 - Julio Cesar Chavez

Over a 13-year span, Julio Cesar Chavez's won the first 87 matches of his boxing career. Following a draw with Pernell Whitaker in Sept. 1993, Chavez won his next two matches before suffering his first career defeat, making him undefeated in his first 90 career matches.

Chavez began his career at the age of 17. Four and a half years in, he won his first title, the WBC super featherweight title, by defeating Mario Martinez on Sept. 13, 1984.

At left, Chavez raises his arm in triumph after knocking out Refugio Rojas in the seventh round of the WBC super featherweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, June 14, 1986.

88 - UCLA men's basketball

In the early 1970s, the UCLA men's basketball team set the NCAA mark for consecutive wins when it went undefeated for 88 straight games. That streak is 28 more than the previous best of 60, set by San Francisco in the 1950s. Twice, the Dons had the opportunity to end the Bruins' streak, but UCLA came out on top both times.

The Bruins won three national titles during this stretch — players and coach John Wooden celebrate after winning the 1971 title at left — with the final one extending UCLA's consecutive titles at the time to seven.

Notre Dame ended the streak on Jan. 19, 1974, overcoming a 70-59 deficit to UCLA with fewer than four minutes to play by going on a 12-0 run to snap the Bruins' streak.

90 - Connecticut women's basketball

For nearly two and a half seasons, the Connecticut women's basketball did not suffer a defeat from 2008-10. Beginning with the opener in the 2008-09 season, the Huskies won 90 straight games, finally losing to Stanford on Dec. 30, 2010.

The winning streak set the mark for the longest in NCAA basketball history. The 89th win, over Florida State on Dec. 21, 2010, pushed Connecticut's streak past that of the UCLA men's record of 88 set in the 1970s.

The Huskies won two national titles during that stretch — including the 2009 title pictured at left — and finished in the final four during the 2010-11 season.

109 - Penn State women's volleyball

Penn State's women's volleyball program set the second-longest winning streak by a Division I sports team when it won 109 straight matches from Sept. 15, 2007, to Sept. 11, 2010. During that time, the Nittany Lions won three national titles.

Another impressive mark during that streak was that Penn State won 111 straight sets. This streak spanned from the final set of the 2007 national championship game to the third set of a 2008 national semifinal against Stanford.

Miami's men's tennis program set the top NCAA mark by winning 137 straight matches.

122 - Edwin Moses, 400-meter hurdles

Olympic champion Edwin Moses began a 10-year run of dominance in the 400-meter hurdles in August 1977. Nearly 10 years later, Moses had won 122 races in the event, including 107 in the finals of track meets. The streak came to an end in May 1987.

According to, the streak — which spanned nine years, nine months and nine days — stands in the Guinness Book of World Records.

151 - Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School, football
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For more than a decade — from its first game in 1992 through its final game in 2003 — the De La Salle High School football team did not suffer a defeat. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the school's record of 151 straight wins nearly doubled the previous mark of 72 by Hudson (Michigan) High School.

Seven of the years, De La Salle went 13-0; five other seasons ended with a 12-0 record. Seven times during the stretch, the De La Salle team was named national champions by either ESPN, USA Today or the National Sports News Service.

159 - Cael Sanderson, Iowa State, wrestling
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Utah native Cael Sanderson lived perfection during his wrestling career at Iowa State, going 159-0. During that time, Sanderson, who wrestled at Wasatch High School, collected four NCAA titles in the 184-pound weight class.

Sanderson's 159 straight victories set an NCAA record, and he became just the second wrestler to win an NCAA Division title four times, joining Pat Smith.

Sanderson, shown after his 2002 NCAA Division I victory, went on to win gold in the 184-pound class in the 2004 Olympics and is now the wrestling coach at Penn State.

252 - Trinity (Conn.) men's squash
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Last year, the longest winning streak in college sports history came to an end when Yale beat Trinity College 5-4 on Jan. 19, 2012. That ended a nearly 14-year undefeated streak for Trinity, which included 13 national titles and 252 straight match victories.

Yale had lost to Trinity in the national championship matches the previous two years before pulling the upset, according to the Associated Press.

459 - Brandon (Fla.) High School, wrestling

For more than three decades, the Brandon (Fla.) High School never lost a dual match, a streak that went from 1974 to 2008. The streak ultimately reached 459 dual-match victories in a row.

The streak was the longest in American high school history. It came to an end when Brandon High lost to South Dade High School 32-28 on Jan. 6, 2008.

470 - Esther Vergeer, wheelchair tennis
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Unlike the others on this list, this streak did not end with a loss. In February, 31-year-old Esther Vergeer, at right, retired from wheelchair tennis with her 470 consecutive victories streak intact.

According to CNN, her career included seven Paralympics gold medals, 13 world titles and 169 singles titles overall. She also helped her Netherlands team win 12 times in the World Team Cup.

504 - Miller Place (N.Y.) High School, badminton

Under coach Pat McCarrick, the Miller Place (N.Y.) High School badminton team never lost a game in her 25 years as coach, which began in 1973. The first loss for the school's badminton team came nearly eight years after her retirement, in 2005.

Currently, the school has a record of 534 victories and nine losses, a 98.3 winning percentage.

555 - Jahangir Khan, squash
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Jahangir Khan of Pakistan owns the longest streak on this list, winning 555 straight squash matches from 1981-86. His unbeaten streak lasted five years and eight months and won him a place in the book of Guinness World Records.

Khan's winning streak began when he was 17; he won the squash World Open five times during that stretch, from 1981-85, and added another title in 1988.