List of NBA teams by single season win percentage

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This is a list of the all-time best regular season winning percentages in the NBA.

Win%Winning percentage
WGames won
LGames lost
HHome record
RRoad record
NNeutral record
DiffAverage point differential[a]

Above .750[edit]

PCTWLHRNDiffTeamSeasonResultsWLHRNotesCoach
Regular seasonPostseason
.878721039–233–80–012.2Chicago Bulls1995–96Won NBA Championship15310-05-3
  • Started 23–2
  • Best 3-loss start in NBA history (41–3, .932)
  • Best start in NBA history for every number of losses from 5-10: (48–5, .906), (54–6, .900), (60–7, .896), (66–8, .892), (70–9, .886), (71–10, .877)
  • Most road wins in NBA history
  • Second most home wins in NBA history
  • Included 37 of 44 game home winning streak, longest in NBA history
  • Winning streaks of 18 and 13 games
  • Undefeated January (14–0)
  • Final three losses were by a margin of one point
  • Defeated 64–18 Seattle SuperSonics in NBA Finals
  • Best combined regular and postseason record in NBA history (87–13, .870)[1]
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.841691336–531–72–112.3Los Angeles Lakers1971–72Won NBA Championship1236-26-1
  • 33 game winning streak, longest in NBA history
  • 16 game road winning streak, longest in NBA history[2]
  • Started 39–3
  • Undefeated November (14–0) and December (16–0)
  • Best road winning percentage
  • Largest average point differential in NBA history[3]
Sharman, BillBill Sharman
.841691339–230–110–010.8Chicago Bulls1996–97Won NBA Championship15410-15-3
  • Started 12–0; started 17–1
  • Second most home wins in NBA history
  • Five 8 game winning streaks[4]
  • Lost three of final four games
  • One win shy of back-to-back 70 win seasons
  • Defeated 64–18 Utah Jazz in NBA Finals
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.840681328–226–814–39.4Philadelphia 76ers1966–67Won NBA Championship1146-25-2
  • Started 26-2
  • Best 4-loss start in NBA history (46–4, .920)[5][6]
Hannum, AlexAlex Hannum
.829681433–632–83–08.2Boston Celtics1972–73Lost Eastern Conference Finals764-33-3
  • Second most road wins in NBA history
Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn
.817671540–127–140–09.4Boston Celtics1985–86Won NBA Championship15310-05-3
  • Best home record in NBA history[2]
  • Winning streaks of 14 and 13 games
Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
.817671536–531–100–010.4Chicago Bulls1991–92Won NBA Championship1579-36-4
  • Winning streaks of 14 and 13 games[7]
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.817671536–531–100–08.5Los Angeles Lakers1999–00Won NBA Championship15811–24–6
  • Winning streaks of 19, 16, and 11 games
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.817671536–531–100–07.2Dallas Mavericks2006–07Lost Western Conference 1st Round242–10–3
  • Started 0–4
  • Only team in NBA history with three winning streaks of at least 12 games (17, 13, 12)[8]
  • Undefeated February (10-0)[9]
  • Only team over .800 to be eliminated in the first round
Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson
.817491129–120–100–09.9Washington Capitols1946–47Lost Semi-Finals240–32–1
  • Winning streaks of 17 and 15 games
  • Undefeated December (10-0)[10]
Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach
.805661634–228–134–112.3Milwaukee Bucks1970–71Won NBA Championship1228-04-2
  • Started 17-1
  • Winning streaks of 20, 16, and 10 games
  • Lost five of final six games
  • 14.5 points postseason average point differential[11]
Costello, LarryLarry Costello
.805661635–631–100–010.3Boston Celtics2007–08Won NBA Championship161013-13-9
  • Best single-season improvement in NBA history (42 wins)[12]
  • Started 29-3
  • Won title 22 years after the last one in franchise history (1986)
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers
.805661639–227–140–08.9Cleveland Cavaliers2008–09Lost Eastern Conference Finals1046–14–3
  • 13 game winning streak
  • Second most home wins in NBA history
Brown, MikeMike Brown
.805661637–429–120–07.9Miami Heat2012–13Won NBA Championship16710–36–4
  • Started 29–14
  • 27-game winning streak (2nd-longest in NBA history)
  • First team in NBA history to win 17 games in one month
  • Best second half of season in NBA history (38–3, .927)
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra
.797511331–115–125–08.2Syracuse Nationals1949–50Lost NBA Finals655–11–4
  • Started 16–1
  • 12 game winning streak
Cervi, AlAl Cervi
.793651735–630–110–07.7Philadelphia 76ers1982–83Won NBA Championship1217-05-1
  • Second highest postseason winning percentage in NBA history
  • 14 game winning streak[13]
Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
.793651737–428–130–09.3Los Angeles Lakers1986–87Won NBA Championship15310–05–3Riley, PatPat Riley
.793651736–529–120–07.7Los Angeles Lakers2008–09Won NBA Championship16710–26–5Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.787591625–223–911–58.3Boston Celtics1959–60Won NBA Championship855–23–3
  • 17 game winning streak
  • Undefeated December (15-0)[14]
Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach
.780641838–326–150–07.8Seattle SuperSonics1995–96Lost NBA Finals1388–35–5
  • 14 game winning streak
  • Lost to 72-10 Chicago Bulls in NBA Finals
Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
.780641838–326–150–08.8Utah Jazz1996–97Lost NBA Finals13710–13–6
  • Two 15 game winning streaks[15]
  • Four game losing streak
  • Lost to 69-13 Chicago Bulls in NBA Finals
Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
.780641837–427–140–06.7Detroit Pistons2005–06Lost Eastern Conference Finals108Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders
.775621827–327–118–48.4Boston Celtics1964–65Won NBA Championship847-01-4
  • 16 game winning streak[16]
Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach
.768631931–527–125–211.2Milwaukee Bucks1971–72Lost Western Conference Finals65
  • Started 17–1
Costello, LarryLarry Costello
.768631935–628–130–06.4Boston Celtics1981–82Lost Eastern Conference Finals75
  • 18 game winning streak[17]
Fitch, BillBill Fitch
.768631935–628–130–06.6Boston Celtics1984–85Lost NBA Finals138
  • Lost to 62-20 Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals
Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
.768631937–426–150–05.8Detroit Pistons1988–89Won NBA Championship152Daly, ChuckChuck Daly
.768631937–426–150–06.8Los Angeles Lakers1989–90Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals45Riley, PatPat Riley
.768631936–527–140–08.7Portland Trail Blazers1990–91Lost Western Conference Finals97
  • Started 19-1
  • 16 game winning streak[18]
Adelman, RickRick Adelman
.768631937–426–150–09.1Seattle SuperSonics1993–94Lost Western Conference 1st Round23
  • Started 16-1
  • First team to lose to an 8th seed
Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl
.768631934–729–120–06.8San Antonio Spurs2005–06Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals76Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
.758501626–724–90–08.2Chicago Bulls2011–12Lost Eastern Conference 1st Round242–10–3
  • Held tie-breaker over San Antonio Spurs
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau
.758501628–522–110–07.2San Antonio Spurs2011–12Lost Western Conference Finals1046–14–3
  • Won last ten games of the regular season and first ten games of the playoffs
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich
.756622027–825–1210–08.6Philadelphia 76ers1967–68Lost Eastern Division Finals76Hannum, AlexAlex Hannum
.756622035–627–140–05.9Boston Celtics1980–81Won NBA Championship1257–25–3
  • Winning streaks of 13 and 12 games
Fitch, BillBill Fitch
.756622037–425–160–07.9Philadelphia 76ers1980–81Lost Eastern Conference Finals97
  • 12 game winning streak and two additional streaks of 10 games
Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham
.756622033–829–120–06.6Boston Celtics1983–84Won NBA Championship158Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones
.756622036–526–150–07.4Los Angeles Lakers1984–85Won NBA Championship1548–27–2
  • Defeated 63-19 Boston Celtics in NBA Finals
Riley, PatPat Riley
.756622035–627–140–07.7Los Angeles Lakers1985–86Lost Western Conference Finals86Riley, PatPat Riley
.756622036–526–150–05.8Los Angeles Lakers1987–88Won NBA Championship15912–23–6
  • 15 game winning streak[19]
Riley, PatPat Riley
.756622035–627–140–06.7Phoenix Suns1992–93Lost NBA Finals1311
  • Undefeated December (14-0)
  • 14 game winning streak[20]
Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal
.756622033–829–120–06.0San Antonio Spurs1994–95Lost Western Conference Finals96
  • 15 game winning streak[21]
  • Started 7-9
Hill, BobBob Hill
.756622037–425–160–07.1Chicago Bulls1997–98Won NBA Championship15610-25-4
  • 13 game winning streak
  • Defeated 62-20 Utah Jazz in NBA Finals
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson
.756622036–526–150–06.5Utah Jazz1997–98Lost NBA Finals1378-35-4
  • Lost to 62-20 Chicago Bulls in NBA Finals
Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan
.756622031–1031–100–07.1Phoenix Suns2004–05Lost Western Conference Finals96
  • Followed a series of going 18-1 with a 6 game losing streak[22]
D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni
.756622035–627–140–07.5Boston Celtics2008–09Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals775-32-4
  • Best two-loss start in NBA History (27–2, .931)
  • Lost seven of next nine games afterwards
  • Winning streaks of 19 and 12 games
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers
.756622036–526–150–07.3Chicago Bulls2010–11Lost Eastern Conference Finals976-33-4
  • Won Central Division by 25 games over 2nd place Indiana Pacers
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau
.756622032–930–110–07.7San Antonio Spurs2013–14Won NBA Championship16711-25-5
  • 19-game winning streak
  • Undefeated March (16-0)
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995–96 Chicago Bulls Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b NBA.com: Regular Season Records: Miscellaneous
  3. ^ "1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1996–97 Chicago Bulls Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ ESPN – Elias Says ... – ESPN
  6. ^ "1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers Schedule and Results". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Chicago Bulls 1991–92 Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  8. ^ ESPN – Atlanta vs. Dallas Recap, February 26, 2007
  9. ^ 2006–07 Dallas Mavericks Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  10. ^ 1946–47 Washington Capitols Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  11. ^ 1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Mark Murphy, C’s can do as they please – Stars sit, but team still clinches homecourt, Boston Herald, April 6, 2008.
  13. ^ 1982–83 Philadelphia 76ers Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  14. ^ 1959–60 Boston Celtics Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  15. ^ 1996–97 Utah Jazz Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  16. ^ 1964–65 Boston Celtics Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  17. ^ 1981–82 Boston Celtics Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  18. ^ 1990–91 Portland Trail Blazers Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  19. ^ 1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  20. ^ 1992–93 Phoenix Suns Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  21. ^ 1994–95 San Antonio Spurs Games – Basketball-Reference.com
  22. ^ 2004–05 Phoenix Suns Games – Basketball-Reference.com