No doubt, the Miami Heat's current 27-game win streak is impressive.
But the team still has a few games to go to top the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers' run of 33 straight consecutive victories. And the Heat would need a few lifetimes to surpass Jahangir Khan.
Khan might not be a household name in NBA circles, but in Pakistan and the world of squash he's huge. Forget LeBron James. When it comes to impressive winning streaks, Khan is king by virtue of his taking 555 straight matches between 1981 and 1986.
The squash star's momentous mark is proof that there are record streaks everywhere. That includes in sports, yes, but also politics, business and more.
Here's a short list of 10 long-term milestones that might surprise you:
1. The heat is on, and on, and on
Death Valley, Calif., has that name for a reason. On July 10, 1913, the thermostat in a community called Furnace Creek topped out at 134 degrees Fahrenheit -- making it the hottest day ever recorded, anywhere. But the heat in this desert area is not only intense, it also endures.
Take summer 2001, when the high temperature met or exceeded 100 degrees for 154 consecutive days, according to the Death Valley National Park website. For those keeping score at home, that means every day for more than five months.
Depends on your heat-warped perspective if you think summer 1996 was worse. In that time, the high temps soared to or past 110 degrees for 105 straight days -- and exceeded 120 degrees for 40 consecutive days.
2. A really long shot on the court
If the Heat cruise past the Lakers, they'll have made NBA history. But not necessarily basketball history.
In the late 1960s and 1970s, the pinnacle of perfection in the sport was coach John Wooden's UCLA men's basketball team. Amid a run of 11 straight NCAA titles, the Bruins reeled off 88 straight wins between 1971 and 1974.
That mark stood until late 2010, when the University of Connecticut's women's hoops program under coach Geno Auriemma notched 90 straight wins.
To put it in perspective for Miami, they'd need to roughly triple their amount of victories to top that.
3. 'One Sweet' 16 weeks
Since the 1950s, the Billboard Hot 100 chart has been home to the biggest names in the music biz: Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson. The Beatles.
So, who was the biggest of them all, when it came to consecutive weeks as the No. 1 song?
None other than Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey, together singing "One Sweet Day." The song held the Hot 100's top spot for 16 weeks, beating out Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You" by two weeks. "Macarena" and Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," among others, later made a run at the top honor only to fall short.
For a single, topping the charts for basically four months is a stellar feat.
Still, it's one that falls well short of Billboard's most consecutive weeks for a chart-topping album. That record belongs to the "West Side Story" soundtrack, which was first on the Billboard 200 for 54 weeks in 1962 and 1963, an accomplishment not even Jackson's "Thriller" could match.
4. Up for 21 years running, down under
For the past few years, a recession has gripped much of the world. In the early 2000s, the United States and some other economies dipped in the months and years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Before that, the tech bubble burst.
Basically, there's been a roller-coaster of bad and good news. Except in Australia, where it's been all good.
According to the Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan, Australia has notched 21 straight years of annual economic growth. Among other advanced economies, the next closest competitor, Israel, isn't even halfway there.
In other words, no developed country comes close.