The Washington Wizards have now won four straight playoff series openers on the road after a 104-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, setting a new NBA record.
The streak started last season when the Wizards went to the United Center and beat the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their first-round series. Washington ultimately won that series 4-1, and then the second round started with an impressive road victory over the top-seeded Indiana Pacers. Although the Wizards lost that series 4-2, they won Game 5 on the road in blowout fashion.
This year, the Wizards opened the postseason with an overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors before going on to sweep Toronto. And now by winning Game 1 in Atlanta, Washington has won nine of its last 10 road playoff games. Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has taken a lot of deserved criticism over the past few years, but the much-maligned headmaster has been doing something right in the postseason.
Washington will get its chance to go up 2-0 in the series on Tuesday.