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Monumental feat: Wizards, Caps end month undefeated at Verizon Center

Monumental feat: Wizards, Caps end month undefeated at Verizon Center

By beating the New York Knicks 117-101 on Tuesday night, the Wizards extended their home winning streak to an impressive 15 games. That's the second-longest home streak in franchise history and the longest since 1989.

But it's not just them who have been holding down the fort in Washington, D.C. Their Verizon Center roommates, the NHL's Capitals, also have a home winning streak of their own. They haven't lost at home in seven games.

Combine the two and the Wizards and Capitals have gone undefeated through one full month of 2017. The Wizards went 7-0 and the Capitals went 7-0-0. That has to make Ted Leonsis and his ownership group some very happy people.

Let's take a closer look at what the Wizards have accomplished. Below are some notes and numbers to put this amazing run in perspective:

*15 straight is the second-longest home streak in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. The last team to win 15 in a row was the 1988-89 Bullets. That streak ended on April 7, 1989. Interestingly enough, that team didn't make the playoffs.

*The longest home streak in franchise history is 22 straight wins. That was accomplished by the 1974-75 Bullets, the first year they were known as the 'Washington Bullets.' That team went on to win a franchise-best 60 games overall and lose in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

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*Speaking of the Warriors, only Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers have more home wins (21) this season than the Wizards who have 20. Washington is 20-6 at the Verizon Center this season. The Wizards finished January with 12 wins overall, tied for the most among all teams for the month with... you guessed it, the Warriors.

*Washington is also second to only the Warriors this season in field goal percentage at home. The Wizards shoot 49.2 percent, while the Warriors shoot 52 percent. Ranking favorably in shooting percentage with a team featuring all-time great shooters like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant is no small feat.

*The Wizards' 15 straight wins at home is the longest active streak in the NBA. The second-longest active streak is six wins, held by the Miami Heat. Three teams have won nine in a row at some point this season: the Spurs, Cavs and Warriors.

*The Wizards' last lost at home on Dec. 6, 124-116 to the Orlando Magic. They have not lost at the Verizon Center in 57 days. 

*The Wizards' franchise record of 22 games is 30th all-time among NBA teams. They have a long way to go to get within reach of NBA history. For instance, if they win their next game at home and extend the streak to 16, that would put them just inside the top 100 home streaks in NBA history.

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*The NBA record for consecutive wins at home is held by the 2015-16 Warriors who won 54 straight. The 2015-16 Spurs are second with 48 consecutive home wins.

Here is the top 10:

Via Basketball Reference

That's a lot of impressive stats. We'll see if the Wizards can add to the list. Next up is the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at the Verizon Center. Here are the next seven home games of theirs, keeping that 22-game record in mind:

Feb. 2 vs. L.A. Lakers
Feb. 4 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Feb. 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 10 vs. Indiana Pacers
Feb. 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Feb. 26 vs. Utah Jazz
Feb. 28 vs. Golden State Warriors

That's a tough group of teams. But the Wizards have made it this far, why stop now?

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

A Prince George's police officer was suspended after a troubling video emerged of his interaction with former NBA player and Eleanor Roosevelt alum Delonte West handcuffed after an alleged altercation.

The disturbing video showed West handcuffed on a sidewalk after getting involved in a physical conflict with a civilian. The off-screen officer was asking West questions on what happened to the events leading to him roughed up on the side of the road. West alleges that he was approached by a man with a gun. 

Prince George's police department announced that the video was filmed by a member of their department, leading to the officer's suspension. 

"Today at 12:15 pm, we learned the video that is currently on social media depicting the male in handcuffs was recorded by a Prince George’s County Police officer. The circumstances surrounding the recording and release of that video are now the subject of an internal investigation. That officer is now suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the department said in a release.

Another disturbing video from a bystander shows the fight between the presumed West and another unidentified man. One man was standing over the other and continuously stomping on what appears to be West.

Meanwhile, West's former teammates and coaches took to social media to express their concerns.

West played eight years in the NBA across four franchises. He played his college ball at Saint Joseph's where he was teammates with Jameer Nelson and was coached by Phil Martelli. 

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HEAT TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)

 

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