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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pacers

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pacers

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 111-98 win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards came out on fire once again with 34 points in the first quarter. It was another strong start for John Wall who had five assists in the frame. That's the fourth straight game Wall has had five or more dimes in the first quarter and the 19th time this season overall he's hit that mark.

One of Wall's assist was on a pick-and-roll that ended with this powerful Marcin Gortat dunk:

2. The star of the first quarter, though, was not Wall or Gortat. It was Otto Porter, who hit five threes, including four on four attempts in the first five minutes. 

His fifth three came at the buzzer and Porter had to ignore a shot clock malfunction to hit the shot:

Porter finished with six threes to tie a career-high and a game-high 25 points.

3. Bradley Beal had 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Two of his points came on this steal and dunk:

Did you catch that smile Beal flashed while hanging on the rim? Here's another look:

4. Porter made most of his money on threes on Thursday night, but his best shot was this circus layup on an and-1. It was absolutely ridiculous:

5. Wall had 20 points, 12 assists and also two blocks, including this one late in the fourth quarter on Rodney Stuckey. Markieff Morris first turned the ball over and Wall bailed him out with this chasedown swat:

Speaking of Wall, here is an honorable mention. Earlier in the game, Wall scored an and-1 over his former Wizards teammate Kevin Seraphin:

Seraphin had quite the facial expression when he watched Wall point to his bicep as he walked past him:

All of those plays were great, but this was the moment of the night. Right after the game ended, Wall found two young Wizards fans in the crowd and gave them his jersey.

First, here's the kids dancing on camera:

And here is Wall giving them the jersey:

That's great stuff.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 6 win over Hawks behind John Wall's huge night

5 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 6 win over Hawks behind John Wall's huge night

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 115-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their first round playoff series that are worth revisting...

1. John Wall had the best playoff game of his career on Friday night, a 42-point masterpiece that included eight assists, four steals and two blocks. He had 19 points in the fourth quarter alone and made sure that the Wizards would not be returning home for a Game 7.

Wall got started early with this emphatic dunk. It was one of many amazing left-handed slams he has had this series:

2. Dwight Howard didn't look good there and neither did he on this play. Howard got Jason Smith twice in the face with his eblow and somehow the refs deemed it not a flagrant foul:

3. That was contentious, but nothing like what happened just minutes later. Bradley Beal was undercut on a fastbreak dunk by Kent Bazemore and both teams got into it:

4. Wall made his mark in the fourth quarter when he completely took over the game and ensured the Wizards would be moving on to the second round. He had 19 points in the frame, but also this chasedown block which may be the best of his career considering the stakes:

5. On this play, Wall made a difficult move to split two defenders, then finished despite contact with Howard. The athleticism required to make this play is off the charts:

Here's an honorable mention. Once the game was in hand, Wall gave a little wave to the crowd to tell them the series was over:

On to Boston where the Wizards have a quick turnaround with Game 1 on Sunday at 1 p.m. CSN will have pregame coverage beginning at 12 p.m. with Wizards Gametime.

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John Wall, Bradley Beal play like NBA's best backcourt in sizzling 4th quarter for Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal play like NBA's best backcourt in sizzling 4th quarter for Wizards

ATLANTA -- The emphatic way in which the door was slammed on the Atlanta Hawks made Friday's closeout for John Wall and Bradley Beal that much sweeter. 

They celebrated a Game 6 victory on their floor at Verizon Center two years ago, when Paul Pierce's game-tying three-point shot was waved off. The Wizards almost squandered a 22-point lead until Wall scored 19 of his career-playoff-high 42 points in the fourth quarter to silence Phillips Arena. Beal had 31 points as the duo combine to shoot 27-for-42 from the field, or 64.2%.

"He carreied us with his leadership as a player," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "We have a lot of good players who help wi us games, but his leadership and Brad's leadership have been great for our young players. In this league, I couldn't ask for two better guys to lead our team."

Dennis Schroder played the best basketball of his career for the Hawks and had 26 points and 10 assists, but he ended up on the wrong end of a pivotal play with 8:27 left in the fourth quarter. After Beal's turnover, Wall chased him down for a block at the rim and then broke down multiple Hawks defenders off the dribble to deliver a bank shot through contact to flip the momentum.

What would follow after that was a pull-up jumper from Wall, an assist to Markieff Morris for a layup, three consecutive made jumpers from Wall and another layup and foul for the and-1. The Wizards were leading by double digits again and the building began to empty.

"Listen, they're bad boys. Both of them," center Marcin Gortat said of Wall and Beal. "They both bring different things to the table and when they're locked in and when they're playing team basketball, they are ridiculously good. That's enough. ... They're both the head of the snake."

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In between that spurt to put the game away, Wall took time to jaw courtside with fans and celebrities such as Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Joines. He was turning the lights out for their season just as they did the Wizards' in 2015, when Wall was undercut and broke his hand and wrist here as they lost in six games, too. 

"I told him I was going to get 35 or more and we were going to win," Wall said.

After four consecutive games with foul trouble, Morris came through with 17 points and eight rebounds as he kept his hands to himself. His war of words with Paul Millsap ended with the Wizards' big man being respectful now that his first playoff experience is in the books. 

"Both teams gave it their all. I give credit to Atlanta," Morris said. "They played as well as possible."

But they didn't have an answer to stop the Wizards' dynamic backcourt. 

"Wall and Beal have been the best combo all year in the league in my opinion," Morris said. "Every time you need them to step up, they step up."

Next up is the Boston Celtics, a nemesis for various reasons. The Wizards went 2-2 vs. them in the regular season but Wall and Beal have a lot of uneasy history with them.

In January, Jae Crowder and Wall were fined for an altercation that got physical after lots of postgame chatter. Both teams won on their own home courts. Game 1 is Monday at TD Garden vs. the East's No. 1 seed.

"We can win on the road," Beal said of the Wizards' first victory away from Verizon Center in the playoffs. "We've shown that we can fight through adversity. We were up (22) points and they ended up cutting it back down to three. ... We've won in Boston before so it's going to be a challenge. But I think we're up for it."

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