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5 must-see moments from the Wizards overtime win over the Sacramento Kings

5 must-see moments from the Wizards overtime win over the Sacramento Kings

By Ben Brown

Here are five plays or moments from the Wizards' overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night that are worth revisiting.

1. Bradley Beal finished the game with 38 points and scored 21 of those points in the fourth quarter and overtime. This was a huge three on a sweet pass from John Wall that pulled the Wizards to within two points late in the fourth quarter.  

2. John Wall was a beast as usual for the Wizards tonight as he finished with 25 points and 12 assists. One of his nicest plays came in the third quarter when he picked Willie Cauley-Stein's pocket and raced the length of the court before dropping off a perfect pass to Markieff Morris for an east layup.

3. Speaking of John Wall and Markieff Morris, that duo had another huge connection late in overtime off a perfectly executed pick-and-roll. Morris set the screen for Wall and then rolled to the rim where Wall found him with a lob for an emphatic alley-oop. That put the Wizards up by four and they never looked back after that. 

4. Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said after the game that he thought Jason Smith's and Ian Mahinmi's play down the stretch were the keys to sparking the team's comeback. Smith knocked down three straight jumpers, and Mahinmi came up with a huge blocked shot that led to a layup at the other end that gave the Wizards the lead with about three minutes left in regulation. 

Smith's jumper was automatic in tonight's game. 

5. Marcin Gortat recorded only one assist on the night, but his lone helper was a dandy. Check out this full-court pass that landed perfectly in John Wall's hands to set up an easy bucket. 

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John Wall and Bradley Beal sport Elena Delle Donne’s face mask in WNBA Playoffs

John Wall and Bradley Beal sport Elena Delle Donne’s face mask in WNBA Playoffs

The newest celebrity fashion statement in Washington D.C. is sporting Elena Delle Donne face mask.

Just ask Washington Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The two Wizards superstars made it out to the Entertainment and Sports Arena supporting their fellow D.C. athletes Thursday evening. The Mystics were playing Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces.

Wall attended Game 1 as well with the Wizards first-round draft pick Rui Hachimura. Several other Wizards were spotted throughout the first two games of the series. 

Since mid-July, Delle Donne has worn a face mask after suffering a nasal fracture in a game. The injury forced the 2019 WNBA MVP to miss two contests until being cleared for play. Even though she no longer is required to wear the mask, medically, Delle Donne continues to wear it for the remainder of the year.

Earlier in the regular season, Redskins running back Derrius Guice also took in a Mystics game in a Delle Donne mask.

Just next time, someone give John a hand. He’s recovering from an injury after all.

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Elena Delle Donne celebrates second WNBA MVP award by crediting others

Elena Delle Donne celebrates second WNBA MVP award by crediting others

WASHINGTON -- A lot can change in four years, and for Elena Delle Donne, that has certainly been the case. As she stood at the podium on Thursday at St. Elizabeth's Arena to accept the 2019 NBA MVP award, she reminisced on her journey since 2015, the first time she got the honors.

Back then she was 26 years old, playing for the Chicago Sky and "wide-eyed," as she put it. A blockbuster trade, several injuries and a wedding later, she is MVP again.

"I've definitely grown so much," Delle Donne said. "It's a different vibe now. I just have a different feel being so settled and happy where I am." 

Delle Donne is quick to deflect compliments and spent much of her press conference tipping her cap to others. She thanked her teammates and coaches and said she wouldn't be able to win MVP without them.

She also thanked the Mystics front office and ownership group as they were getting set for Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces.

"Thank you to the organization. This is a first-class organization that really makes coming to work nice," she said. 

"You get to show up and we have a chef cooking for us. It's just a phenomenal place to be a part of. It feels like a family and I absolutely love D.C."

Delle Donne's most effusive praise was reserved for her wife, Amanda. Delle Donne went into detail about how her support makes the success she has on the court possible.

"She's the one I get to go home to and she keeps my head straight. She has to deal with all my craziness. She makes my pregame meals and basically gets everything in order for me," Delle Donne said.

Though Delle Donne talked mostly about others, the occasion was to celebrate her. Whether she is comfortable talking about herself or not, her accomplishments speak for themselves. She is now one of six players in WNBA history to win multiple MVP trophies and the first to do so with two different teams.

She got 41 of 43 first-place votes this time around after placing second in the league in scoring (19.5 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and 11th in blocks (1.29 bpg). She was the first player in WNBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line.

Delle Donne is in the midst of a historic career. And now at 30 years old, she understands her place in the sport has context that goes way beyond trophies at stats.

"It's always incredible to know that something you've done will go down in history. It's even more inspiring to know that there are little girls looking up to me that maybe can do the same or do more. That's what I did when I was younger because I had them to look up to," she said.

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