Washington (AP) Sonics fans are still waiting to hear the news on when they’ll finally get to see the team they’ve been clamoring for since last season.
But now that they’ve secured their first home win in 13 seasons, the Sonics finally have the right team.
With their first win in the postseason in 13 consecutive years, the Washington Wizards won Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, and they beat the Hawks by one point with a victory that gives the Sonic faithful something to celebrate.
The Wizards have won seven of their past nine playoff games, and are now 5-1 in the playoffs.
The Sonics, who have not reached the conference finals since 1997, beat the Trail Blazers by two points on a buzzer-beater with 5:37 left in the third quarter.
Washington led by as many as 16 points at the half, and trailed by seven at the end of the first quarter.
They led by 12 early in the second, but then the Sonichas led by seven late in the game.
After a 13-4 run capped by an 8-0 run in the final period, the Wizards led 56-49 with 4:51 remaining.
That’s when a layup by Avery Bradley tied it up at 55 with 5 seconds left.
The Sonics answered with a dunk and a lay-up by Bradley, and Bradley hit a 3-pointer to put the Wizards up 71-58 with 6:14 left.
After the Sonials missed their first two shots of the second quarter, Bradley hit another 3-point play with 8:45 left to give Washington a 74-75 lead.
The Wizards took the lead for good in the fourth quarter, as Bradley hit two free throws with 3:34 left.
Washington led 81-80 with 8 seconds left, and the Sonians closed it out with a 3 by Bradley to make it 75-75 with 8.9 seconds left in regulation.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Sonicans, who shot a season-low 35.9 percent in the first three games of the playoffs, and finished with a 25-21 record.