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5 must-see moments from Wizards' Christmas Day win over Boston Celtics

5 must-see moments from Wizards' Christmas Day win over Boston Celtics

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 111-103 win over the Celtics on Christmas Day...

1. Kelly Oubre, Jr. provided a huge lift for the Wizards off their bench with 16 points and five rebounds. He had nine points in the first half alone.

On this play he stole the ball and found Bradley Beal for a breakaway slam. It was moments after Celtics fans booed him when he checked in:

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2. The Wizards held Kyrie Irving (20 points, five assists) almost five points below his scoring average, but he did have one of the best plays of the game. It was vintage Kyrie: crazy dribbling capped with a tough finish at the rim that he made look easy?

3. John Wall also had himself a game. He put up 21 points and 14 assists, including this one to Beal for another nice dunk:

Beal finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.

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4. Wall made several key plays to help seal the victory, including this one where he used a hesitation dribble to get past rookie Jayson Tatum for an easy layup. It was a pure veteran move by a four-time All-Star on a 19-year-old still learning the tricks of the trade:

5. This game ended much better than the last time the Wizards played in Boston and Wall was in a great mood. He wished Celtics fans a Merry Christmas several times as he walked off the court:

That's Grade A gloating right there. The rivalry is still alive.

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Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game's starters is now closed and though they have not fared well with fan ballots, the chances Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are picked as reserves seem good.

The All-Star reserves are chosen by NBA head coaches and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks thinks the Wizards should have two representatives.

"They're definitely both having All-Star years," Brooks said. "I can't vote for either one, but they are definitely in my mind two of the best guards in the East."

Wall, 27, is averaging 19.9 points and leads the Eastern Conference with 9.3 assists per game. He also leads all NBA guards with 1.1 blocks per game.

Bradley Beal, 24, is seventh in the East with 23.7 points per game and third among Eastern Conference guards. He is averaging a career-high 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

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The 25-19 Wizards are currently in the playoff picture, which should help their cause for two All-Stars. But there is a lot of competition at the guard position.

Beal has done plenty to make the case he should be a first-time All-Star. He leads the Wizards in points and has played in every one of their games.

What could hold Wall back is that his numbers are down from last season and the fact he missed 11 games due to injury.

Brooks, though, thinks he should be in there and that it shouldn't be all that close.

"I think John is the best point guard in the East," he said.

Wall is certainly up there among the best point guards in the conference. His competition would be guys like Kyrie Iriving, Kyle Lowry and maybe Ben Simmons. Wall is a more versatile player than Irving and has better numbers than Lowry or Simmons.

The All-Star starters are announced on Jan. 18 and the full rosters will be revealed on Jan. 23. We'll see if Wall and Beal make the cut.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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