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Best moments from Wizards' gritty win over Timberwolves, including Kelly Oubre's amazing pass

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Best moments from Wizards' gritty win over Timberwolves, including Kelly Oubre's amazing pass

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 92-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night...

1. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had himself a game. The third-year forward dropped 16 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Oubre made several plays off the dribble, including this one where he drove baseline and finished with a two-handed slam:

2. The bench was a big reason why the Wizards won and that included Jodie Meeks, who had 12 points, all on three-pointers. This three barely beat the buzzer to end the first quarter:

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3. This was one of Oubre's best plays. He led the fastbreak and found Mike Scott (12 points) with a nice behind-the-back pass. This is a good example of his growth as a player:

4. Tomas Satoransky has long been teased by his teammates as a practice dunker because, though he can throw it down, he rarely gets the opportunity in games. This was one of his best dunks as an NBA player. He threw down an alley-oop with authority:

5. Otto Porter didn't start this game well, but he made sure to end it on a strong note. Porter hit two key shots in the final minute, including this long two to help seal the win. It ended up being the go-ahead shot:

Porter had 22 points and eight rebounds to help lead the Wizards to a win without Wall. So much was made before this game about the Wizards' problems scoring in the clutch, but Porter certainly changed the narrative in this one.

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

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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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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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