The Cleveland Cavaliers’ shock loss in Toronto in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals prevented the team from taking shot at history.
The 14-point defeat ended their run of 10 consecutive playoffs victories – just two short of the San Antonio Spurs’ streak of 12 straight post-season wins in the 1999 playoffs.
The LA Lakers twice racked up 11 playoff wins in a row – a then-record effort in 1989, and just one short of the recently-established mark in 2001.
The New Jersey Nets (2003) and Spurs (2012) are the only other teams to notch 10 straight playoff victories, while the Cavs became only the fourth team ever to start the post-season 10-0.
Cleveland’s run of conference playoff wins came to an end at 16 – a streak not achieved since the Lakers’ effort, which also ended at 16 games, between 2000 and ’02.