And to think the lowly Lakers are one of the nine teams to beat the Atlanta Hawks this season -- and in Atlanta, no less.
It took more than a month, but the high-flying Hawks finally lost another game, dropping a 115-100 contest to the Pelicans in New Orleans on Monday night.
That broke Atlanta’s 19-game winning streak, a streak that started back on Dec. 27, with a win at Milwaukee.
Seventeen of the wins came in the month of January, the best record in a calendar month in NBA history, according to Elias Sports.
A day before the Hawks began their winning streak, they were in second place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Toronto Raptors.
Today, the 40-9 Hawks are in first place in the East, seven games ahead of the Raptors.
Still, Atlanta gets overlooked and is not considered championship-worthy.
After all the Hawks have done this season, the sports gambling website Bovada.lv on Tuesday had them as 16-1 favorites to win the NBA championship -- behind Golden State (5-1), Cleveland (6-1) and San Antonio (11-2).
But the Hawks are a very good team ... even if they did lose to the Lakers.