Milwaukee Bucks become the quickest team EVER to qualify for the NBA play-offs – now they’ll aim to join legendary Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors teams in recording one of the best seasons in history
- Milwaukee Bucks became the first team in the NBA to clinch a play-off berth
- They secured their spot in the play-offs only a week after the All-Star Game
- The Bucks were helped by Washington Wizards losing to Chicago Bulls
The Milwaukee Bucks have secured their spot in the post-season, only a week after the All-Star Game and two months before the play-offs are scheduled to begin.
The Bucks became the first team in the NBA to clinch a berth on Sunday despite not even playing after Washington Wizards lost to Chicago Bulls 126-117.
The Wizards are in ninth place in an Eastern Conference that the Bucks have been running away with for months.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks have already qualified for the NBA play-offs
They have secured their spot in the post-season on the earliest date in NBA history
They clinched their spot after the Washington Wizards lost to Chicago Bulls 126-117
Milwaukee are 48-8, and are on pace to join the Golden State Warriors (2015-16) and Chicago Bulls (1995-96) as the only teams in NBA history to win 70 games.
And they have Giannis Antetokounmpo to thank for their thrilling form so far this season.
Antetokounmpo is currently averaging 30 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while leading the league in defensive rating.
Golden State Warriors, with Steph Curry at the fore, won 70 games during the 2015-16 season
‘Enjoy this Sunday bucks fans. Earliest playoff clinch in NBA history. It’s not even March yet!!’ Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry wrote on Twitter.
The Bucks clinched their place in the play-offs earlier than the Warriors did, but the NBA season also now starts slightly earlier.
The post-season is scheduled to start on April 18 and the Bucks will already have one eye on the upcoming play-offs.
The Bucks are also looking to join the iconic Chicago Bulls of 1995-96, led by Michael Jordan, (wearing his No 23) in winning 70 of 82 games during the regular season
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