(Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

It’s a sign of just how tortured Washington’s NBA fan base has been that every time the Wizards do something good — like win their first two games of a playoff series — you have to go back at least as far as when the team was called the Bullets to find the last time it happened.

In fact, the last time Washington opened a playoff series with two wins, that was enough to win the series. The Bullets swept the New Jersey Nets in a best-of-three first-round series, which sounds like a terrible idea, in 1982.

Via the Post’s Bullets beat writer Steve Hershey:

 Now it’s on to Boston for the surprising Washington Bullets, who are peaking in a manner reminiscent of their upset-marked drive to the world championship four years ago.

Coming from behind in the second half for the second straight game, the Bullets raced past New Jersey, 103-92, before a sellout crowd of 19,035 at Capital Centre last night. With the victory, they swept the Nets and earned the right to play the Celtics in a seven-game series starting Sunday afternoon in Boston.

“This team reminds me of our championship team,” said Kevin Grevey, who scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter when the Bullets broke open a close game. “This a team that doesn’t want to stop. We’re not in awe of anybody. We’re capable of beating good teams and that includes Boston. Sure, we’re big underdogs, but we’re capable of beating them.”

Via columnist Dave Kindred:

Nothing discombobulates us more than a little indecision, and right now the Bullets have made life all squirmy for the experts who (oh, maybe 10 minutes ago) were dead solid certain the Bullets were a nice team that would be lucky to beat the Nets. Hrrumph, hrrumph. Let’s clear our throats and say this next clearly. These Bullets ain’t done yet.

Washington went on to lose to Boston in five games. Still, it was an exciting time to be a Bullets fan.