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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' 112-107 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center on Friday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards got over the hump on Friday night after two straight losses in a win over the Bulls, a victory that saw a better effort on defense overall. Their defense in the first half was excellent, as they held the Bulls to just 40 points on 42.9 percent shooting.

Here is a defensive highlight from that first half. Jason Smith stole the ball to prevent a Bulls fastbreak, then hit a three, one of three for him in the game:

Smith tied a season-high with 17 points and set a career-high with his 16th three on the season.

2. Here's another steal, this one from Brandon Jennings. Jennings then turned it into one of his eight assists on the night with a pass to Kelly Oubre, Jr.:

3. More defense and more Oubre. On this play he pulled off an impressive chasedown block of Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine:

4. John Wall was the star of the night with a career-high 20 assists. But on this play he didn't need to pass.

Watch Wall hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to end the first half:

Wall finished with 14 points.

5. Speaking of Wall's 20 assists, here's No. 20 to set a new personal best:

The Wizards reached 42 wins on the season, one more than they had all of last year. Friday was game No. 68.

Defense was a theme on Friday night, but so was dancing. First, here's CSN reporter Chris Miller having some fun with R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe, the Wizards' postgame concert act:

Here's a kid doing a little dance during the second half:

And here is C-Mills and kids dancing to Bell Biv DeVoe. Just great stuff:

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' narrow win over Bulls]

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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