Bucks first to clinch playoff spot — after just 56 games

Updated: 6:57 a.m. on February 24, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have a spot in the postseason, only a week after the All-Star Game.

The Bucks became the first team in the NBA to clinch a berth Sunday after Washington lost to Chicago. The Wizards are in ninth place in an Eastern Conference that the Bucks have been running away with for months.

Milwaukee is 48-8, 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.

“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 did clinch on an earlier date than the Warriors, but the NBA season also now starts slightly earlier.

The postseason starts April 18.


Posted: 10:30 p.m. on February 23, 2020

The Milwaukee Bucks made NBA history Sunday night clinching a spot in the playoffs on February 23rd. It is the fastest a team has clinched the postseason under the league's current format, which was adopted in 1984.

The Bucks are 48-8 with 26 more games to go in the season. Milwaukee is on pace to become the third NBA history to reach 70 wins in the regular season.

The Bucks have the best road record in the NBA at 22-5 and they have the second best home record at 26-3.

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