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Cal Ripken was a rookie the last time Wizards won a second-round NBA playoff game

By now you’ve heard that the Wizards’ win at Indiana on Monday night was the franchise’s first in the second round of the NBA playoffs in a very long time. As Michael Lee put it in his game story, “Washington’s basketball franchise hadn’t experienced the pleasure of winning a second-round playoff game since the Reagan administration.”

To put the drought in even greater perspective, here’s the front page of The Post’s Sports section the day after Washington’s last second-round win, on April 28, 1982. That’s a photo of rookie Cal Ripken, Jr. below the fold, a month before he would begin his consecutive-games streak.


Frank Johnson and Spencer Haywood each scored 26 points and Jeff Ruland had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Bullets’ 103-102 win over the Celtics. Johnson’s 28-foot three-pointer with three seconds to play was the difference, helping Washington even the best-of-seven-series at one game apiece. Boston went on to win the series in five games.

For the record, the last time Washington won at least two second round games was 1979.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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