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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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Markieff Morris stands up for rapper Meek Mill, was happy to see support in Philly

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Markieff Morris stands up for rapper Meek Mill, was happy to see support in Philly

Rap star Meek Mill going back to prison has affected many of his fans, Markieff Morris among them. The Washington Wizards forward is from Philadelphia, like Meek Mill, and loves his music.

Morris posted information for a rally to support Meek Mill earlier this month on his Instagram. Hundreds of fans showed up, including Sixers legend Julius Erving, Eagles players and Rick Ross.

The whole tri-state pull up and support!!

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Morris joined the Wizards Tipoff podcast this week to discuss a series of topics, including Meek Mill. Morris is upset about the situation, but was happy to see the support.

"The city was big. We needed that, man," he said. "For them people to come out, it was a great thing for us, man, to see the support that the city is really behind him 100 percent."

Morris defended Meek Mill's character and pointed to his charitable efforts.

"Meek does a lot of stuff that goes unseen in Philly. He's kind of like us when it comes to showing support for the city and doing stuff while not looking for cameras to be broadcast it that he's doing something nice. He just does it because he's a good person," Morris said.

Meek Mill is going back to prison for violating his probation numerous times over the past several years. He was sentenced to two to four years.

Morris also talked about his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, why he loves playing with Mike Scott, why the Wizards are a tough team and many other subjects.

Listen to the full interview right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Wizards at Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Malik Monk and the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Spectrum Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Defense has been excellent

The Wizards have shown recently that they are capable of being one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. In six of their last seven games they have held opponents to 95 points or less and they have kept teams to 100 points or less in seven straight. Only one team, the Celtics, has kept teams to 95 points or less more often than the Wizards (seven times). And only three teams have held opponents to 100 points or less more times than the Wizards (nine times).

The Wizards are eighth in defensive rating (102.5) and in points allowed (102.9/g) this season. They are third in points allowed in their last nine games. Have they played the best opponents? Maybe not. But those are impressive numbers, nonetheless.

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Hornets have Howard now

Charlotte offers a different look these days with big man Dwight Howard manning the middle. They acquired him in a trade with the Hawks this offseason and he's off to a good start so far. Howard is averaging 14.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He had 25 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks against the Timberwolves on Monday.

The Hornets have also seen a huge improvement from 25-year-old guard Jeremy Lamb. The former first round pick is averaging 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent. Last year he averaged a career-high 9.7 points.

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Recent history

The Wizards have handled the Hornets well in recent years. They won two of their three meetings last season and have won seven of the last 10 matchups going back to 2015. All three of the games between these teams last year, however, were decided by 10 points or less.

Walker tends to have trouble against John Wall. Walker has shot a hideous 35.7 percent against the Wizards in his career despite averaging 17.6 points and 6.4 assists. Wall's numbers against the Hornets are lower than his career norms, too. He's averaging a modest 17.7 points on 42.7 percent from the field. His 98 defensive rating vs. Charlotte is tied for his worst against any NBA team.

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