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Wizards clinch Southeast Division title

 

The Washington Wizards have officially clinched the Southeast Division with a 119-108 come from behind victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the first time they’ve won a division title since they won the Atlantic Division back in the 1979 season, their seventh overall. This is the first time the Wizards have won a Southeast Division Crown since it was created when the league expanded  from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats (currently the Charlotte Hornets) in 2004. Washington ends the league’s longest professional sports divisional drought, the previous longest droughts include a 42-year period without a division title for the Los Angeles Clippers until the 2012-13 season and a 39-year drought from the Warriors that ended in the 2014-15 season.

Winning the division crown Tuesday night was not easy as the Wizards struggled throughout the first three quarters of the game. They would trail by as many as 16. Washington rallied with a big fourth quarter, they were down by 13 at the start of the period. They would outscore the Lakers 37-13 to complete their 16th double-digit comeback win this season. Washington was lead by John Wall‘s game-high 34 points with eight coming in the fourth quarter alone, the All-Star point guard also handed out 14 assists. Bradley Beal also had 16 points while both Kelly Oubre, and Otto Porter combined for 30 points and 9 rebounds.

At 46-28, all that’s left for the Wizards is to determine where they will finish in the Eastern Conference standings. They are currently two games behind the Boston Celtics for first place, 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for second, and just one game ahead of the fourth-place Toronto Raptors. Unfortunately, Washington owns no tiebreakers as the Cavaliers and Raptors both have the edge in the head-to-head matchups if they finish with the same record. Boston has a better record within in the conference which would likely give them the tiebreaker if they finish with the same record. The Wizards have eight more games remaining  in the regular season and are currently on a West coast road trip. That includes a back-to-back vs the Lakers yesterday, and the Clippers tonight, Utah on Friday, and they finish off the road trip Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors.

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