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What Had Happened Was: 4/7/17

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GAME. BLOUSES.

The Washington Wizards’ and Toronto Raptors’ battle for third place in the Eastern Conference is going down to the wire. On Thursday night, Bradley Beal dropped 25 points, including the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining, to give the Wizards a 106-103 win over the New York Knicks. After Washington’s win, it now has an identical record with Toronto (48-31), but the Raptors own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Wizards now have a seven-game winning streak at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks, who are one loss away from their third consecutive 50-loss season. Washington, on the other hand, is trying to win 50 games for the first time since 1978-79, back when they were still named the Bullets.

John Wall contributed 24 points and eight assists, and Marcin Gortat scored 16 on 7-of-7 shooting from the field. Carmelo Anthony put up 23 points for New York.

BLESSINGS

SOCIAL STATUS

FOR THE CULTURE

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TOP THREE TWEETS

1. ALL THE SCOUTS BE JOCKIN’

2. YOU ALMOST HAD IT

3. WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND

ICYMI

PICTURE PERFECT

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.