The Miami Heat went cold after 27 consecutive winning games and failed to match 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' unbroken winning streak of 33. The Heat joins many others in and out of sports that have come oh so close to the record books.
Here are a few examples:
- The New England Patriots fell painfully short of being the second NFL team to ever go through a whole season without losing. The Pats were just two minutes away from winning the Super Bowl in 2008 when New York Giants pulled a miraculous comeback. If the Pats won that game, they would have joined the 1972 Dolphins as the only NFL teams to have a perfect season.
- Tiger Woods won seven consecutive PGA Tour events from July 2006 to January 2007. He botched a chance to win an eighth event when he missed a short birdie putt that would have clinched a victory in the third round of a match play tournament. Byron Nelson won 11 straight Tour tournaments in 1945.
- Karl Wallenda, founder of The Flying Wallendas, was renowned for performing high-wire stunts without a net. He broke numerous records, becoming the first to cross a quarter-mile-wide Tallulah Gorge in Georgia. But one record breaking high-wire walk attempt ended on March 22, 1978, when at the age of 73 he fell to his death while trying to walk between the two towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- This year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average went on a winning streak over 10 consecutive trading sessions, which ended on March 15 when the Dow fell roughly 25 points or 0.2 percent. It came close to the longest win streak on record of 13 trading sessions in 1987.
- Pete Rose had a 44-game hit streak in 1978 that ended against the Atlanta Braves and reliever Gene Garber. After the game, Rose, still 12 games away from Joe DiMaggio's major-league record, fumed that Garber didn't throw fastballs to strike him out. Garber got him out with a slow changeup.
- The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey took a run in 2012 at Orel Hershiser's record (set in 1988) of 59 consecutive scoreless innings. Dickey threw 44.2 consecutive scoreless innings from May 22 to June 24 last year.
- The Detroit Lions made a run during the 2008-2009 season at the record for most consecutive games lost. They lost 19, finishing second behind the 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers who lost 26 consecutive games in a row.
- Speaking of infamous records, the Charlotte Bobcats came within three games of tying the NBA record of most losses in a row last year. The embattled team lost 23 straight games before somehow beating the Indiana Pacers. The win saved the Bobcats from being as bad as the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.