32 years ago: Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, and Washington Bullets win NBA championship

It happened 32 years ago today.  Before the Redskins won their first Super Bowl, and before Maryland and Georgetown won national championships in college basketball, the Washington Bullets gave D.C. its first championship in 36 years when they won the NBA title in 1978.

Before the blue and bronze of the Washington Wizards, there was the red, white, and blue of the Washington Bullets. Local musician Nils Lofgren wrote a hit song, “Bullets Fever,” that was played day and night during the spring of 1978 on Washington radio stations. The name Bullets was synonymous with winning, as they made the playoffs 18 times in 20 seasons.

The Bullets were a successful team in the 1970s, with winning records in nine of 10 seasons. They won more than 50 games four times, including 60 wins in 1974-75. They made it to the NBA finals four times.

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