This is a list of National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise post-season appearance streaks. This list includes the all-time and the active consecutive playoffs appearance. Aside from the NBA Playoff appearance streaks, this list also includes the NBA Finals appearance streak and the NBA championships win streak.

On March 24, 1971, the Philadelphia 76ers (formerly known as the Syracuse Nationals) set an NBA record of 22 consecutive playoff appearances in the time between the 1950 NBA playoffs and the 1971 NBA playoffs. The 76ers won two NBA championships during their streak. In 2019 the San Antonio Spurs tied the NBA record of 22 consecutive playoff appearances. The Spurs' streak started in the 1998 NBA playoffs and ended after missing the 2020 NBA playoffs. The Spurs won five NBA championships during their streak.

The Boston Celtics hold the longest consecutive NBA Finals appearance streak with ten appearances between 1957 and 1966. During the streak, the Celtics won eight consecutive NBA championships—also an NBA record.

Active streaks

NBA Playoffs appearance streaks

This is a list of teams that have active and current consecutive seasons with a playoff appearance.[1]


0^0 Longest streak in team history
2023 Playoff Teams
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
appearance streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
9 Boston Celtics 20152023 [2]
7 Milwaukee Bucks 20172023 1 (2021) [3]
6 Philadelphia 76ers 20182023 [4]
5 Brooklyn Nets 20192023 [5]
5 Denver Nuggets 20192023 1 (2023) [6]
4 Miami Heat 20202023 [7]
3 Atlanta Hawks 20212023 [8]
3 Memphis Grizzlies 20212023 [9]
3 Phoenix Suns 20212023 [10]
2 Golden State Warriors 20222023 1 (2022) [11]
2 Minnesota Timberwolves 20222023 [12]
1 Sacramento Kings 2023 [13]
1 Los Angeles Clippers 2023 [14]
1 Los Angeles Lakers 2023 [15]
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 2023 [16]
1 New York Knicks 2023 [17]

NBA Playoffs series win streaks

This is a list of teams that have active and current consecutive seasons with a playoff series win.

List updated through the 2023 playoffs.[1]

0^0 Longest streak in team history
0~0 Tied for longest streak in team history
Consecutive seasons with a series win
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
series win streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
3 Philadelphia 76ers 20212023 [4]
3 Phoenix Suns 20212023 [10]
2 Boston Celtics 20222023 [2]
2 Golden State Warriors 20222023 1 (2022) [11]
2 Miami Heat 20222023 [7]
1 Denver Nuggets 2023 [6]
1 Los Angeles Lakers 2023 [15]
1 New York Knicks 2023 [17]

All-time streaks

NBA Playoffs appearance streaks

Appearance streaks updated through the 2022 playoffs.
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
appearance streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
22 Syracuse Nationals
Philadelphia 76ers
19501963
19641971
2 (1955, 1967) [4]
22 San Antonio Spurs 19982019 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) [18]
21 Portland Trail Blazers 19832003 [19]
20 Utah Jazz 19842003 [20]
19 Boston Celtics 19511969 11 (1957, 19591966, 1968, 1969) [21]
17 Los Angeles Lakers 19771993 5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) [15]
16 Minneapolis Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
19591960
19611974
1 (1972) [15]
14 Fort Wayne Pistons
Detroit Pistons
19501957
19581963
[22]
14 Boston Celtics 19801993 3 (1981, 1984, 1986) [2]
14 Chicago Bulls 19851998 6 (19911993, 19961998) [23]
14 New York Knicks 19882001 [17]
13 Phoenix Suns 19892001 [24]
12 Baltimore Bullets
Capitol Bullets
Washington Bullets
19691973
1974
19751980
1 (1978) [25]
12 Philadelphia 76ers 19761987 1 (1983) [4]
12 Milwaukee Bucks 19801991 [26]
12 Dallas Mavericks 20012012 1 (2011) [27]
11 St. Louis Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
19631968
19691973
[8]
10 Los Angeles Lakers 19952004 3 (2000, 2001, 2002)
10 Denver Nuggets 20042013
10 Atlanta Hawks 20082017

NBA Conference Finals appearance streaks

Appearance streaks up to the 2022 playoffs; Includes both the NBA Conference Finals, introduced in 1971, and its predecessor Division Finals.
0^0 Denotes active streak
Streak Team NBA Conference Finals
appearance streak
Conference titles won
during streak
Reference
13 Boston Celtics 19571969 12 (1957–1966, 1968–69) [2]
8 Los Angeles Lakers 19821989 7 (1982–85, 1987–89) [15]
6 St. Louis Hawks 19561961 4 (1957–58, 1960–61) [8]
6 Los Angeles Lakers 19681973 4 (1968–70, 1972–73) [15]
6 New York Knicks 19691974 3 (1970, 1972–73) [17]
6 Detroit Pistons 20032008 2 (2004–05) [22]
5 New York Knicks 19491953 3 (1951–53) [17]
5 Minneapolis Lakers 19511955 3 (1952–54) [15]
5 Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers 19591963 3 (1959, 1962–63) [15]
5 Boston Celtics 19841988 4 (1984–87) [2]
5 Detroit Pistons 19871991 3 (1988–90) [22]
5 Chicago Bulls 19891993 3 (1991–93) [23]
5 Golden State Warriors 20152019 5 (2015–19) [11]
4 Syracuse Nationals 19541957 2 (1956–57) [4]
4 Philadelphia 76ers 19651968 1 (1967) [4]
4 Philadelphia 76ers 19801983 3 (1980, 1982–83) [4]
4 Miami Heat 20112014 4 (2011–14) [7]
4 Cleveland Cavaliers 20152018 4 (2015–18) [16]

NBA Finals appearance streaks

Appearance streaks updated through 2022 NBA playoffs.
0^0 Denotes active streak
Streak Team NBA Finals
appearance streak
NBA championships won
during streak
Reference
10 Boston Celtics 19571966 9 (1957, 1959–1966) [2]
5 Golden State Warriors 20152019 3 (2015, 2017, 2018) [11]
4 Los Angeles Lakers 19821985 2 (1982, 1985) [15]
4 Boston Celtics 19841987 2 (1984, 1986) [2]
4 Miami Heat 20112014 2 (2012, 2013) [7]
4 Cleveland Cavaliers 20152018 1 (2016) [16]
3 New York Knicks 19511953 [17]
3 Minneapolis Lakers 19521954 3 (1952–1954) [15]
3 Los Angeles Lakers 19681970 [15]
3 Los Angeles Lakers 19871989 2 (1987, 1988) [15]
3 Detroit Pistons 19881990 2 (1989, 1990) [22]
3 Chicago Bulls 19911993 3 (1991–1993) [23]
3 Chicago Bulls 19961998 3 (1996–1998) [23]
3 Los Angeles Lakers 20002002 3 (2000–2002) [15]
3 Los Angeles Lakers 20082010 2 (2009, 2010) [15]
2 Philadelphia Warriors 19471948 1 (1947) [11]
2 Minneapolis Lakers 19491950 2 (1949, 1950) [15]
2 Syracuse Nationals 19541955 2 (1955, 1956) [4]
2 Fort Wayne Pistons 19551956 [22]
2 St. Louis Hawks 19571958 1 (1958) [8]
2 St. Louis Hawks 19601961 [8]
2 Los Angeles Lakers 19621963 [15]
2 Los Angeles Lakers 19651966 [15]
2 Boston Celtics 19681969 2 (1968, 1969) [2]
2 Los Angeles Lakers 19721973 1 (1972) [15]
2 New York Knicks 19721973 1 (1973) [17]
2 Washington Bullets 19781979 1 (1978) [28]
2 Seattle SuperSonics 19781979 1 (1979) [29]
2 Philadelphia 76ers 19821983 1 (1983) [4]
2 Houston Rockets 19941995 2 (1994, 1995) [30]
2 Utah Jazz 19971998 [31]
2 New Jersey Nets 20022003 [32]
2 Detroit Pistons 20042005 1 (2004) [22]
2 San Antonio Spurs 20132014 1 (2014) [18]

NBA championships win streaks

Championship streaks up to and including the 2022 NBA playoffs


Streak Team NBA championships
win streak
Reference
8 Boston Celtics 19591966 [2]
3 Minneapolis Lakers 19521954 [15]
3 Chicago Bulls 19911993 [23]
3 Chicago Bulls 19961998 [23]
3 Los Angeles Lakers 20002002 [15]
2 Minneapolis Lakers 19491950 [15]
2 Boston Celtics 19681969 [2]
2 Los Angeles Lakers 19871988 [15]
2 Detroit Pistons 19891990 [22]
2 Houston Rockets 19941995 [30]
2 Los Angeles Lakers 20092010 [15]
2 Miami Heat 20122013 [7]
2 Golden State Warriors 20172018 [11]

See also

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