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Bullets Step Up And Make Playoffs For First Time In 9 Years

20 April 1997. Washington Bullets 85, Cleveland Cavaliers 81 (record: 44-38)
Game leaders: Webber (23 points), Webber (17 rebounds), Strickland (9 assists)

What a heady day for the Bullets. When they could have folded on a playoff-tested team's home court, they instead gritted it out and won one. The one that most counted. And now they head to a first-round playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls. The one with the 69-13 record.

Washington Post Coverage
  • Bullets Up for Showdown, Earn Playoff Berth
  • Bullets/Cavs photo gallery
  • Webber's Crying Far From Shame
  • Bullets Show Their Rebounding
  • Cavs Give Bullets A Shot
  • Vulnera-bull?
  • But that doesn't matter. The Bullets are in the playoff. Most significantly because of the effort from Chris Webber. He cried tears of joy after the game, but during the game he was all heart and effort: 23 points (9 of 16 shooting), 3 3-pointers, 17 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot.

    It was a team effort. Muresan came off the bench for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Howard, despite a 4 for 14 shooting effort, hit a big turnaround shot on the baseline to seal the game. And Strickland controlled the game enough to keep it within reach (his 5 turnovers being ignored).

    I wasn't able to watch this game - I was hiking around the Olympic peninsula in western Washington at the time (gorgeous location, BTW). So, read the Washington Post information to get the full range on the game. The Bullets made the playoffs, the Bullets made the playoffs... (can't you tell I'm happy)

    wtf 29 April 1997

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