Add another note to the long list of historic feats the Wizards have accomplished this season, their best as a franchise since the 1970s. With their 106-103 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night, the Wizards have tied the 1992-93 Boston Celtics for the biggest regular season comeback in NBA history.
The stat comes from CSN's David Devall, part of the Wizards' gamenight production crew:
#Wizards are now the 2nd team in NBA history to start 2-8 and reach 48 wins (1992-93 Celtics 48-34)— David Devall (@McNubian) April 7, 2017
Since beginning the season 2-8, the Wizards are 46-23 with exactly twice as many wins as losses. As Devall notes, the Celtics finished that season 48-34, which means the Wizards (48-31) are one win away from completing the best comeback in NBA history and they have three games to play.
Let's take a quick look back at those Celtics. After starting 2-8, the win that got them going happened to come against the Washington Bullets, whom they smashed 150-112 at the Boston Garden. That year Boston had future Hall of Famers Robert Parish at age 39 and Kevin McHale at age 35, as well as a 23-year-old Rick Fox. It was their first season since 1978-79 without Larry Bird, who had retired in August of '92. The Celtics that year were knocked out of the playoffs in a first round series that saw All-Star Reggie Lewis collapse in the middle of Game 1.
The Wizards certainly hope for a deeper playoff run than those Celtics had. For now, they have three chances to eclipse that Boston team and complete the best regular season comeback in NBA history.