Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 112-107 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center on Friday night that are worth revisiting...
1. The Wizards got over the hump on Friday night after two straight losses in a win over the Bulls, a victory that saw a better effort on defense overall. Their defense in the first half was excellent, as they held the Bulls to just 40 points on 42.9 percent shooting.
Here is a defensive highlight from that first half. Jason Smith stole the ball to prevent a Bulls fastbreak, then hit a three, one of three for him in the game:
Smith tied a season-high with 17 points and set a career-high with his 16th three on the season.
2. Here's another steal, this one from Brandon Jennings. Jennings then turned it into one of his eight assists on the night with a pass to Kelly Oubre, Jr.:
3. More defense and more Oubre. On this play he pulled off an impressive chasedown block of Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine:
Kelly Oubre, Jr. sent Denzel's shot to Philadelphia. He stopped him in Flight. Valentine thought he had it, but he was Out of Time. pic.twitter.com/ikC2YLLprf— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 17, 2017
4. John Wall was the star of the night with a career-high 20 assists. But on this play he didn't need to pass.
Watch Wall hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to end the first half:
Wall finished with 14 points.
5. Speaking of Wall's 20 assists, here's No. 20 to set a new personal best:
For John Wall, 20th dime's the charm 🍀 pic.twitter.com/Y6IHT78QJN— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 18, 2017
The Wizards reached 42 wins on the season, one more than they had all of last year. Friday was game No. 68.
Defense was a theme on Friday night, but so was dancing. First, here's CSN reporter Chris Miller having some fun with R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe, the Wizards' postgame concert act:
Here's a kid doing a little dance during the second half:
And here is C-Mills and kids dancing to Bell Biv DeVoe. Just great stuff: