Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Winning streaks in the NBA come and go, but sometimes these winning streaks can be very special and actually turn around the franchise completely as winning consecutive games can really boost conference in turn a playoff team into a possible title contender.
A couple of seasons ago the Houston Rockets made NBA history by winning 22 straight games in the regular season. The record was said to be something that would stand the test of time as winning 22 straight games is no easy feat and something they can go down in the history books for quite a long time.
Even though the Houston Rockets might still hold onto this record for a long long time, this season they might see that record fall as Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on the verge of challenging his impressive record as they have won an NBA season best 13 straight games after beating the lowly New Jersey Nets recently.
Even though All-Star forward and face of the franchise in Dirk Nowitzki really struggled in this game, future Hall of fame point guard Jason Kidd had his best game of the season with 20 points, four steals and nine assists to lead the Mavs over the Nets and win their 13th straight victory.
Now the Dallas Mavericks are still nine games away from even tying the Houston Rockets 22 game win streak, but the Mavs schedule is looking pretty favorable and the possibility of breaking this NBA record is becoming more and more likely.
Over the next three games the Dallas Mavericks will face the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics. The first two games should be easy wins for Dirk Nowitzki and company, but the Celtics could give them a run for their money. If the Mavs can get past the Celtics it could be smooth sailing all the way up to their matchup with the Denver Nuggets on March 29th.
When the Dallas Mavericks to face off against the Denver Nuggets on March 29th, they could potentially have won 20 straight games with wins over the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors. This is a very strong possibility in my opinion as I can only see two teams beating the Mavs in the Boston Celtics or the Denver Nuggets.
If somehow Mark Cuban’s squad is able to pull off this feat and beat the Denver Nuggets for their 21st win in a row, they will have to face and beat the Memphis Grizzlies to tie the record and then beat Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic to make NBA history with their 23rd straight win.
Although it is highly unlikely the Dallas Mavericks will be able to do this, it is not beyond the realm of possibility and it will be interesting to see whether or not they can pull it off and become part of NBA history with 23 straight wins.