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Streak Watch: Lynx, Sparks Had Historic Starts

The WNBA’s 20th season fittingly opened with a piece of history: For the first time ever, multiple teams won more than seven games to start their season.

The Minnesota Lynx moved to 13-0, breaking their own record set in 2012 (10-0), with a win in Tuesday’s Battle of the Unbeatens, handing the Los Angeles Sparks (11-1) their first loss.

It was a contest that marked the first time in history that two teams from the WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL met with each team having 10 or more wins, no losses, no ties.

It was fitting that these two historically great teams would play an all-time classic game to see who would retain the unbeaten title. Proceedings came down to a go-ahead three by Renee Montgomery with 2.9 seconds left, giving the Lynx a 72-69 victory in Los Angeles, and another win in their record-setting start to the season.

Three days later the Lynx and Sparks played again, and this time it was the Sparks who curtailed history defeating the Lynx 96-74. Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver combined for 45 points in the victory.

Most Consecutive Games Won to Start a Season
13: Minnesota Lynx, 2016
11: Los Angeles Sparks — 2016
10: Minnesota Lynx — 2012
9: Los Angeles Sparks — 2001, 2003

Take a look at the two teams’ unbeaten streaks:

Minnesota
May 14: 95-76 W vs. Phoenix (1-0)
May 18: 97-80 W @ Chicago (2-0)
May 22: 78-71 W @ Seattle (3-0)
May 25: 85-78 W @ Phoenix (4-0)
May 27: 74-71 W vs. Indiana (5-0)
May 31: 79-69 W @ New York (6-0)
June 4: 80-63 W vs. Dallas (7-0)
June 7: 89-81 W vs. Phoenix (8-0)
June 10: 110-78 W @ Atlanta (9-0)
June 11: 83-76 W @ Washington (10-0)
June 14: 87-63 W vs. Indiana (11-0)
June 19: 96-84 W vs. Seattle (12-0)
June 21: 72-69 W @ Los Angeles (13-0)
June 24: 74-96 L vs. Los Angeles (13-1)

Los Angeles
May 15: 96-66 W vs. Seattle (1-0)
May 20: 97-67 W @ Washington (2-0)
May 21: 79-72 W @ New York (3-0)
May 24: 93-80 W @ Chicago (4-0)
May 26: 77-72 W @ Connecticut (5-0)
June 2: 68-61 W vs. San Antonio (6-0)
June 4: 74-61 W @ San Antonio (7-0)
June 7: 100-77 W vs. New York (8-0)
June 11: 97-73 W @ Dallas (9-0)
June 14: 98-85 W vs. Chicago (10-0)
June 17: 77-71 W vs. Phoenix (11-0)
June 21: 69-72 L vs. Minnesota (11-1)