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Posted at 1:13 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Scenes from the Wizards' celebration

By Dan Steinberg

"The Wizards have it!" Steve Buckhantz said, as the seconds ticked away on Sunday evening in Cleveland. "Elation! Jubilation! Celebration! The Wizards have rid themselves of the proverbial monkey on their back and stopped this dreadful road losing streak at 25. BIG victory here tonight, 115-100."

"Just feels like we got a whole mountain off our back," Andray Blatche said, not even mentioning how they turned a monkey into a molehill.

"We're a great team, we've just got a lot to learn," John Wall told Chris Miller. "It feels like Christmas, man."

Now, there surely was no Champagne, and the celebration was ne'er inappropriate.

"I am also proud of the team for not over celebrating or dancing and acting like the win was a big deal on another team's home court," Ted Leonsis blogged. "That was professional and showed common courtesy as Cleveland is having its own sets of problems as it sets course in its own rebuild."

That said, it struck me as a slightly merrier celebration than for an ordinary mid-February win of one bad team over another. It started with John Wall raising his arms in triumph and Nick Young flinging the ball high into the air. It continued with lots of smiles, and lots of hugs.

And the best quote, of course, came from Wall, via Mike Lee:

"We didn't want to celebrate too much, because we got more games to win and we want to act like we've been in this situation before," Wall said, "which we haven't."

True. Very true.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 14, 2011; 1:13 PM ET
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It was a rivalry game!!!

Wiz finally have one over the mistake by the lake!

Posted by: vmrg1974 | February 14, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Whatever man! They won. They are allowed to celebrate. If they don't celebrate, what are they gonna celebrate..a playoff win?

Posted by: tundey | February 14, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Too bad its just a "proverbial" monkey on their backs. Would have been a more interesting game if it had been an actual monkey.

Posted by: DKSW | February 15, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

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