A look back at the last time the Wizards won eight in a row in 2001

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A look back at the last time the Wizards won eight in a row in 2001 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

By defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, the Wizards did something the franchise hadn't seen in 20 years.

Winners of eight consecutive contests, it's the first time Washington has put together a winning streak of that length since 2001. Two decades later, a lot has changed both on and off the court.

So, it's time to hop in the time machine and travel back to 2001 to take a look at what was going on the last time the Wizards picked up eight wins in a row.

The team

The 2001 Wizards team was headlined by none other than Michael Jordan who came out of retirement to join the team that season. The roster also featured the likes of Kwame Brown, Richard Hamilton, Hubert Davis, Brendan Haywood, Christian Laettner and Tyronn Lue. 

The eighth win

The Wizards win streak began December 6, 2001, with an 85-82 win over the Houston Rockets. 15 days later, Washington met with the Orlando Magic looking for its eighth straight victory.

Defeating the Magic 93-75, the team was led by 19 points from Davis. Jordan struggled, scoring just 12 points, but the group was able to put together a strong defensive performance in order to keep the streak going.

What happened next?

Washington ended up continuing the streak and running it up to nine games with an 87-86 victory over the Knicks the next night. Jordan was back to his normal self in this contest, putting up 26 points and shooting 50% from the field. The fun, however, would come to an end on December 26 as Washington fell to the Charlotte Hornets.

How did the season go?

Despite this strong spurt, the Wizards would finish the season with a 37-45 record and miss out on the playoffs.

Pop culture notes

- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Ocean's Eleven and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone were dominating the box office while "U Got It Bad" by Usher was the top song on the Billboard charts.

- George W. Bush was in his first year as the 43rd President of the United States

- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were preparing to win their first of six Super Bowls together in New England.

- Russell Westbrook was 13-years-old, Bradley Beal was eight years old and Deni Avdija had not even celebrated his first birthday yet.