The Toronto Raptors are the newest model of sustained excellence in the NBA.
Seven consecutive playoff appearances. Five consecutive seasons with 50-plus wins. Three consecutive Atlantic Division titles and six in the last seven seasons. And of course, the 2019 NBA title.
Add a streak of 24 consecutive months with a winning record to the list of accomplishments, by far the longest active streak in the NBA.
This is the 24th consecutive calendar month that the Raptors have had a winning record.- Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) August 11, 2020
By far, the NBA's longest active streak pic.twitter.com/CSUT0c6HcK
Toronto's August seeding game schedule consists of eight games and with Monday's win, it can finish no worse than 5-3 in the month. The last time the Raptors didn't finish above-.500 in a calendar month? January 2017, well over three years ago.
Take a step back and think about how impressive an achievement this is: The last time Toronto lost more games than it won in a calendar month, the league looked much different - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were still with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Durant was midway through his first season with the Golden State Warriors and Zion Williamson was a junior in high school
Even more impressive is that during this streak, the team didn't even post a month with a .500 record, and there have been months at the beginning and end of the season in which the team only plays a handful of games, making a team more susceptible to posting a losing record.
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With two seeding games remaining on their schedule, the Raptors will begin to gear up for their title defence, which begins in the first round against the Brooklyn Nets.
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