Bucks first to clinch playoff spot — after just 56 games

Bucks win in Houston, 116-109

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have a spot in the postseason, only a week after the All-Star Game.

The Bucks became the first team in the NBA to clinch a berth Sunday after Washington lost to Chicago. The Wizards are in ninth place in an Eastern Conference that the Bucks have been running away with for months.

Milwaukee is 48-8, on pace to join the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to win 70 games.

The postseason starts April 18.