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5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' wild win over Celtics

5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' wild win over Celtics

We usually give you the five must-see plays or moments from each Wizards game. But here are 10 from the Washington Wizards' 123-108 win over the Boston Celtics at the Verizon Center on Tuesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. With all that led up to this game and all that happened during it, there is absolutely no way Round 3 of Wizards vs. Celtics can be summarized in just five must-see moments. This game had enough action to equal three or four games and, boy, was it fun.

First, we have to revisit the arrival videos of the Wizards showing up in all black. It was Bradley Beal's idea for the team to send a message to the Celtics by all of them wearing black. They followed suit, you could say.

Here are John Wall and Markieff Morris:

And here is the showstopper, Otto Porter, with his shades on. The Wizards locker room went nuts when he turned the corner:

2. Now, for the game itself. The Wizards didn't waste any time at all backing up their all-black stunt. They led the Celtics 33-24 at the end of the first quarter, capped by this Wall buzzer-beater:

3. Wall also beat the clock at the end of the first half with another tough play:

4. The game really heated up in the second half. On this play Wall turned on the jets and finished with a fastbreak dunk:

5. This one had the crowd going crazy. Wall did a spin and then pulled off a difficult layup to beat Jae Crowder:

6. Much was made about the animosity between both teams, especially after the two sides got into a postgame altercation in their last meeting on Jan. 11 in Boston. But the game never really got out of hand. This was the most physical play and it resulted in a technical for Morris:

7. This may have been Wall's best play of the game. He made an and-1, then kissed his bicep when sitting on the ground. His celebration had Twitter going nuts:

8. Beal was like a man possessed down the stretch of the Wizards' win. On this play he threw down one of the more emphatic dunks of his career and the Wizards' bench absolutely loved it:

9. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a fantastic game on defense, particularly in the fourth quarter when he helped limit Isaiah Thomas to just four points. But he did hit a few big shots, including this three in the fourth assisted by Wall:

10. Now, for the play of the game. Beal met Marcus Smart again at the basket and this time finished with an and-1. After he made it, he had some words for Smart:

Notice how happy Wall is after that play:

What a night at the Verizon Center.

[RELATED: Voice of NBA Jam does Wizards' intros]

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 


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Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

WASHINGTON -- It is not often you see a rookie find initial success in the NBA to the degree Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has, already with borderline All-Star numbers at the age of 20. And oftentimes, opponents are careful throwing out player comparisons for guys his age, wanting to see more before they anoint anyone.

Morant, though, is a different case and questions from media members at Wizards practice this week as the team gets set to face him for the first time naturally led to parallels to great players. On Thursday, Brooks brought up unprompted how much Morant reminds him of Russell Westbrook, his former player in Oklahoma City.

And on Friday, Bradley Beal invoked a teammate of his when breaking down what makes Morant so good.

"He loves to get up and down. He's really fast with the ball. It reminds you of John [Wall] in a lot of ways. He plays with his pace," Beal said.

Through 19 games this season, Morant is averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is shooting 42.2 percent from three on 2.2 attempts.

The threes have been surprising to most, as he shot a relatively modest 36.3 percent his final year in college at Murray State. But also surprising maybe just how lethal he has been at attacking the rim.

Sure, that was a big part of his game in college. But this is the NBA where athletes are much bigger and stronger. And he isn't the biggest guy either, weighing in at 175 pounds according to Basketball-Reference.

But despite lacking in size, he has shown an ability to finish through contact rarely seen from any player.

"I think he has a no-fear type of mentality. So, you have to respect his aggressiveness," Beal said. "He'll get respect from a lot of players in the league, a lot of refs in the league because of his aggressiveness and... with all the posters he has. So, he's an assassin. You gotta respect his game."

Beal likely won't draw the defensive assignment on Morant. That will probably go to Ish Smith and back-up point guard Chris Chiozza, who is with the team while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a left calf injury.

Beal knows it is going to be tough for the whole Wizards team to contain Morant. He said the trick will be trying to stay in front of him, though he knows that is easier said than done.

Really, Morant is such a unique player that the Wizards can only gameplan and prepare so much until they actually experience facing him for the first time.

"He's gonna be a handful," Beal said.