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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Bulls

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Bulls

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 101-99 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center on Tuesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards were slow out of the gate in the first half despite playing a Bulls team that was missing three of their best players in Jimmy Butler (illness), Dwyane Wade (rest) and Nikola Mirotic (illness). Chicago handled them thoroughly early on and jumped out to a 61-49 lead at halftime.

It was a start to forget for the Wizards, but they did have some moments in the first two quarters, including this alley-oop from John Wall to Kelly Oubre, Jr. It was one of Wall's 12 assists on the night:

2. Wall also had 26 points with a lot of them coming on tough plays at the rim. Wall was attacking the basket at will, drawing content and converting on Tuesday. Here are two such plays: 

3. On one play in the fourth quarter, Wall got to the rim on a fastbreak but missed off the glass. Thankfully, Markieff Morris was right there waiting to clean it up for a putback slam:

4. Wall saved his best for last. With just five seconds left, he hit this leaning jumper for the go-ahead shot:

5. It turns out Wall had a little extra motivation to close out the Bulls. He really, really did not like when Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine danced following a fourth quarter three-pointer:

Wall said after the game that he went over to Valentine following a timeout and told him that he 'woke a monster:'

Ooh. That's cold-blooded. Why don't we end on a lighter note with this Bradley Beal videobomb of Wall during his postgame interview with CSN:

Just another fun night at the Verizon Center, where the Wizards have now won 10 straight, their longest home winning streak since 2006.

[RELATED: Wall to Bulls' Valentine after dance: 'You woke a monster']

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John Wall not making the All-Star Game may be a good thing

John Wall not making the All-Star Game may be a good thing

BY TYLER BYRUM

Last week the NBA announced the starters for the All-Star game and John Wall was not among the list. Picking up the two starting guard positions were Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan.

Making the Feb. 19 exhibition roster is always a great accolade for a player to add to their resume, in John Wall's first six seasons in the NBA he has been honored three times, being named a starter once. When the NBA coaches vote on the reserves this upcoming week, it is likely that Wall, who leads the East guards in double-doubles (25), will be selected.

In two of his All-Star selections, it came from the coaches vote for reserves. The other guards who he will be measured up against include, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, and Dwayne Wade. 

But say Wall does not make the game in New Orleans, it actually would not be a bad thing for the Wizards.

While the 26-year-old will be disappointed in what would be a snub, he has been a workhorse for the Wizards this season. He leads the team in minutes per game with 36.3 and is tied for seventh in the NBA; it is right on pace with his career average (36.0). When Wall is in the game he plays at an extremely high level, he is the only guard in the Eastern Conference that averages a double-double (23.1 ppg, 10.3 apg).

Remember Wall is coming off of two knee procedures this past off-season and during a stretch earlier in the season he was missing back-to-backs.

In the two games the guard was not in the lineup, Washington was 0-2 with a loss to the Magic and a 106-95 loss to the Bulls. Given it is a small sample size in games that happened at the beginning of the season, prior to this season Wall had only missed eight games in the past three seasons. If Wall were to not partake in the All-Star game, that would give him a week off from the brutal NBA schedule.

Following the break, the Wizards and Wall will face an important stretch of games as the entire association begins to make a playoff push. Washington will face the surging Philadelphia 76ers, the surprisingly good Utah Jazz, the Golden State Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors twice. 

During that stretch, the team will need all of Wall they can get. And normally an angry John Wall is a good John Wall.

RELATED: Wall hopeful he can make fourth All-Star game

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Morning tip: Wizards mold Otto Porter into elite 3-point shooter

Morning tip: Wizards mold Otto Porter into elite 3-point shooter

To say that Otto Porter is having a career season for the Wizards by just reading off his statistics doesn't do him justice. It's more than that for the small forward who surely will be in the running for the NBA's Most Improved Player.

Porter, who is averaging career-highs of 14.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 54% overall shooting and 45.8% from three, has been on a tear as the Wizards (23-19) have won 7 of 8 games heading into tonight's matchup at the Detroit Pistons. 

A win would give the Wizards a 2-0 series edge two days after beating the New York Knicks to go up 2-0.

Porter set a career-high with six made three-point shots in a home win over the Memphis Grizzlies and matched it vs. the Knicks in Thursday's game. 

"Otto is developing to that deadly three-point shooter that we know that he can be and he’s trusting it," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "He’s not cutting when he doesn’t have to. That’s something we’ve been telling him all season long with our staff. It’s paying off. His spacing allows Brad (Beal) and it allows John (Wall) to get into the lane because (defenders) have to stay at home. ...We need to get more shots for him at that position."

Porter has been used more as a "stretch" four this season under Brooks, too, exploiting the backup fours for other teams when the Wizards go to a small-ball lineup. 

He's still moving well without the ball, making himself available for slip passes for high-percentage looks at the rim. But Brooks has emphasized spacing since training camp and how Porter has to be patient and not cut to the basket (bringing a defender with him) for the sake of cutting.

Porter has six double-doubles. That's one more in his previous three NBA seasons. 

It's an about-face from how Porter began. He failed to make a three in the first four games, missing all nine. Now he has made three or more three-pointers 14 times through 42 games. In the previous three seasons, he did that just 13 times in 186 games.

"The three-point ball is powerful," Brooks said. "It seems like whenever we make more we always seem to win. It’s about good shots."

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