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Spurs' Winning Streak Snapped By Thunder: Where Does 20-Game Run Rank Among All-Time Streaks?

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Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after making a three-pointer in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.
Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after making a three-pointer in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.

In the Old Testament, periods of 40 days (and nights) recur in a few instances when it needs to be clear that something went on for a while. After Noah built that arc, it rained for 40 days and nights. When Moses went up that mountain, it was 40 days and nights before he returned with 10 Commandments.

These were substantial stretches of time but neither lasted quite as many days as the San Antonio Spurs recent winning streak. From April 12 until Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on the final night of May, the San Antonio Spurs were unbeaten, winning 20 straight games. That's 49 days and nights between losses.

April 11 marked the last loss the Spurs suffered before Thursday night. Perhaps Andrew Bynum's 30-rebound game in the Lakers' 98-84 win at the AT&T Center triggered something inside the Spurs' locker room. San Antonio reeled off 10 straight wins to close out the regular season and earn the top seed in the postseason. Then they won 10 in a row en route to taking a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. And during that 20-game winning streak, San Antonio averaged 109.4 points and only five of those victories were decided by less than 10 points. Five!

But Oklahoma City snapped San Antonio's streak in Game 3 with a blowout win. The Spurs didn't break the league record set by the Lakers for most wins to start the postseason (11 in both 1989 and 2001). They didn't break the record for longest winning streak ever (33 wins by the Lakers in 1971-72). But they did however break the record for the longest winning streak carried over from the regular season into the playoffs.

So where does San Antonio's 20-game run rank in the longest winning streaks in all of sports? Is it better than the Houston Rockets' 22-game winning streak (mostly without Yao Ming) in 2008? The Oakland A's set an AL record with 20 straight in 2002, capped by a walk-off home run by Scott Hatteberg. What about the UConn women's basketball team that won 90 straight from 2008 to 2010. Hoes San Antonio's streak compare?

Scroll down for a look at some of the best winning streaks of all time and vote on which you think was the greatest.

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