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Wizards fire Flip Saunders after abysmal, 2-15, start

On January 29, 2012

After a stunning upset win over Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 18, the Wizards hoped that the victory over one of the league's best squads would boost a young team's confidence and help turn their lost season around. That didn't happen.

Washington lost to Denver, 108-104, and then Boston, 100-94. When the team suffered a third straight loss, this time, a 103-83 blowout to Philadelphia, the front office fired beleaguered head coach Flip Saunders.

"We have been transparent in how we would evaluate our team this season and we were disappointed in the lack of development of our players at this point in our rebuilding plan," said Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfield in a statement released January 24.

Saunders led the Wizards to a 51-130 record in two-plus seasons. Lead assistant coach Randy Whitman will assume head coaching duties for the rest of the season.

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