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The Wizards Have A Ways To Go To Achieve D.C. Sports Road Futility

The Washington Wizards are now 0-19 on the road, which means you're probably asking the same question I'm wondering: is this unprecedented futility? You'd think so, but as it turns out, it's not, at least not yet.

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The Wizards still have 10 more games to go before they match an NBA record for most consecutive road losses to start a season. That mark of 29 is held by the Dallas Mavericks, who did it to begin the 1992/93 season. That Mavericks team didn't win their first road game until March 19, when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition, the Sacramento Kings lost 43 straight road games between 1990 and 1991, though that was over the span of two seasons.

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But is this at least a local record for road futility? As it turns out, it's not. As Dave McKenna of the Washington City Paper notes, the 1974/75 Washington Capitals lost their first 37 road games. That's right, they lost all 37. No wins, no draws. The streak finally ended on March 28, when they defeated the California Golden Seals. It's still the longest road futility streak in NHL history.

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So cheer up, Wizards fans. It could be worse.

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