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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:'

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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's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA

John Wall's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA

The top 15 most popular NBA jerseys list was revealed on Thursday with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sitting atop the list.

Many of the names on the list aren't surprising with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook right behind Curry.

However, just outside the top 10 is John Wall, who is coming off of the best season of his career. 

Wall ended up ranked No. 12 in the entire NBA in jersey sales.

Although he failed to make the list last season, Wall continued to develop his popularity with a successful season and a high level of performance. 

Now, Wall has become one of the most popular players in the league and helped lead the Wizards to the playoffs.

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He beat out some big name players to make the list and ranks ahead of the likes of stars Jimmy Butler and Damian Lillard.

As Wall's popularity continues to grow, look for the young guard to see his name rise in the jersey sales list next season. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 19: NBPA VP Garrett Temple joins the show, plus plenty of Paul George and Chris Paul talk

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 19: NBPA VP Garrett Temple joins the show, plus plenty of Paul George and Chris Paul talk

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Commuter Connections, Chase Hughes, J. Michael and Chris Miller go in-depth on the latest in Paul George and the Wizards, Chris Paul's trade to the Rockets and where other NBA free agents could and should land.

Garrett Temple, a former Wizards player, current Kings guard and recently elected as the VP of the NBA Players' Association, joined the show to talk about his new role, his old teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal, plus NBA super teams.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play.

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