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Bradley Beal now officially the youngest to make 700 threes in NBA history

Bradley Beal now officially the youngest to make 700 threes in NBA history

Bradley Beal just needed one 3-pointer against the Bucks to make history.

That's because the Wizards' star shooting guard entered the Monday night game in Milwaukee with 699 career 3-point makes.

With his first make, Beal not only eclipsed the 700 3-point make plateau, but became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 700 3-point makes.

The St. Louis native's accomplishment on Monday night broke the record previously set by Cleveland's J.R. Smith, who accomplished the feat during the 2010-2011 season, his sixth season as an NBA pro.

Like Smith, Beal eclipsed the 700 3-point makes plateau in his sixth season, but Beal entered his sixth season having played in 25 less games than Smith. Beal however, entered his sixth season with 44 more 3-point makes than Smith did.

Only five players have reached the 700 made 3-pointers plateau before their 25th birthday.

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NBA 3-Point Leaders Before 25th Birthday
— Kyrie Irving (24 years, 364 days) 
— Gilbert Arenas (24 years, 316 days)
— Kevin Durant (24 years, 198 days) 
— J.R. Smith (24 years, 149 days) 
— Bradley Beal (24 years, 145 days) 

Beal entered the Monday contest having made 36 of his 97 3-point attempts this season, which sits at a career-low 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Only once — his rookie season — has Beal finished with a 3-point percentage under 38.6 percent.

Beal is on pace for 184 3-point makes this season, which would sit at second-best for his career, following his 223 3-pointers made last season.

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Best moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies including John Wall's amazing block

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Best moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies including John Wall's amazing block

Here are the five plays or moments from the Wizards' 93-87 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. John Wall played after missing nine straight games and it didn't take long for him to find his groove. He went off for nine points in the second quarter, including this dunk.

He threw it down with his left hand, of course. Just like he never left:

Wall finished with 13 points and four assists.

2. Marcin Gortat had a nice dunk early in the third quarter. He was guarded by Dillon Brooks in the post and made him pay for a big mismatch in size by spinning down the baseline and throwing it down:

Gortat had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

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3. Otto Porter had a solid game with 14 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. However, he had a bit of a rough night with a few tumbles and this play where James Ennis may or may not have gotten him with a cheap shot below the belt:

4. Soon after that things got chippy between the two teams after Mario Chalmers and Jason Smith got tangled up. Chalmers sort of shoved Smith and he wasn't happy about it. Ennis then stepped in and double technicals were assessed:

5. Here is the play of the night. Late in the fourth quarter, Chandler Parsons attempted a dunk after driving baseline. But Wall met him at the rim and stuffed him. 

It was a vintage block for Wall and it showed that his timing and instincts weren't affected much by the layoff:

The Wizards got a win the hard way in this one, but they got the win. On to the Clippers, who come to town on Friday.

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John Wall's return vs. Grizzlies shows exactly what the Wizards were missing

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John Wall's return vs. Grizzlies shows exactly what the Wizards were missing

Prior to John Wall's return after missing nine games on Wednesday night, head coach Scott Brooks remarked how he's often amazed at Wall's ability to regain his form quickly after sitting out. In his experience, many of the great ones can do that. It took Wall a quarter against the Grizzlies, but he didn't take long to back up that claim.

Wall erupted for nine points in the second quarter and by the end of the game served many reminders of why he is the straw that stirs the Wizards' drink. Even after two knee procedures and the rust of almost three weeks off, Wall rocketed past opponents to the rim with ease. Though he had just four assists, not even half of his season average, Wall's ability to penetrate opened up opportunities for everyone else.

All five Wizards starters reached double figures, including Wall who had 14. Despite amassing just 93 points as a team, the Wizards earned a win over the Grizzlies and showed potential to be the well-rounded offense we have grown accustomed to in recent years.

"I think it was cool," Wall said of his knee and his first game back. "We got the win, so that was key."

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Wall's nine-point second quarter included several quick drives to the rim, one that ended with an emphatic left-handed slam, his favorite way to finish.

Wall also hit a three in that frame and swiped a steal. His best play may have been a block on Chandler Parsons in the fourth quarter. Wall crossed the paint to stuff Parsons, who is four inches taller than him, off the backboard.

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Overall, Wall didn't appear limited at all by his left knee, which was administered platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections on Nov. 25.

"When I come off an injury, I do not think about it," he said. "If I am going to be out there thinking about it then that means I do not need to be out there playing because I am limiting what I can do thinking about that too much, and it is hurting my teammates, so I just go out there and play basketball and try not to think about it at all.”

Having Wall back in the lineup was of course appreciated by his teammates and Coach Brooks as well.

"He gave us a boost," Brooks said. "He made some amazing plays, blocked shots like I've never seen a point guard do ever and he makes it look easy."

There was plenty not to like about the Wizards' performance on Wednesday night, even though it resulted in a win. They coughed up a 17-point lead to a terrible Grizzlies team and only won by six points. But having Wall back is a huge step towards them getting past their recent woes and becoming the team they know they can be.

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