There have been seven win streaks in franchise history as long as the current one. That’s actually hard to believe. There have been Trail Blazers fanbases even more psyched about regular season basketball than we are. Anyway, the most recent of these streaks ended around my twelfth birthday, and three of them happened before I was born, so I decided to dig into some history and report what I found.
Average Score: 114-101
How the Season Ended: After winning 63 games, the most in franchise history, the Trail Blazers lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals on this bizarre play. Magic Johnson averaged 21-8-13 over six games, while Drexler put up 21-7-8.
Best individual game in the streak: Terry Porter had 23 points and 16 assists on just 12 shots in a win against the Lakers. Incidentally, every game in Blazers history with more assists than that has been by Porter or Rod Strickland, except for a random 17-assist outburst by Steve Blake in 2009, a season in which he averaged 5 per game.
Player I had never heard of: The Blazers had the only Egyptian player in NBA history on their team that year, a power forward named Alaa Abdelnaby. He played 290 minutes that year.
Best Youtube Video: This is a lot of fun.
The next longest streak is one of those un-American split season streaks, plus it was in 1990, so the team is more or less the same. Moving on…