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NBA Playoffs 2020: Milwaukee Bucks become fastest team to book postseason berth since 1984

With the Washington Wizards losing to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched their berth in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

In terms of the date (Feb. 23) and the numbers of games required (56), the Bucks are the fastest team in NBA history, under the current 16-team playoff format, to book a postseason berth.

The previous holders of this record were the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors, who had clinched their playoff spot on February 25th after 58 regular season games.

During the 1972-73 season, the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics had clinched their playoff spot on February 13th but back then, the league utilized the eight-team playoff format.

The 2019-20 Bucks have been absolutely dominant this season, leading the league with a 48-8 record that includes 33 wins by double digits.

With their current record, they are on pace to become the third team in NBA history after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors to win 70 games.

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the biggest reason for the Bucks' strong regular season numbers so far. Averaging 30.0 points (career-high), 13.6 rebounds (career-high), and 5.6 assists through 50 games, the Greek Freak is considered the favourite to repeat as league MVP.

Senior Vice-President of the Bucks, Alex Lasry took to Twitter to show his excitement about the team's historic feat:

The Milwaukee franchise also looks set to be the league's top seed in the playoffs for the second straight season, holding a 4.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the league and a 6.5 game lead over the second-seeded Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the East.

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