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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Bulls

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Bulls

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:

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:

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:

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' narrow win over Bulls]

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Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

On Monday, for the first time since 2018-19 training camp began, the Wizards were complete.

Dwight Howard, who missed three weeks due to a strained piriformis muscle, participated in his first full practice with his new team. The 32-year-old signed a free agent deal with the Wizards in July, but had yet to take the court due to the injury, which began bothering him shortly before camp began on Sept. 25.

Howard had a setback on Oct. 6 and saw a specialist in New York. He received a pain injection on Tuesday and on Saturday began shooting again.

After clearing that hurdle, he was ready to be a full-go with his new teammates.

"It felt pretty good. I really gotta catch my wind and learn some of the offense. But other than that, it felt pretty good," Howard said of Day 1.

Howard practicing on Monday gives him two more days to work with before the Wizards open their season on Thursday at home against the Miami Heat. Both he and head coach Scott Brooks say it's too early to tell if he will be available.

"We'll see how it feels. I will do everything I can to make myself available for all 82 games," Howard said.

Howard not only has to play himself into game shape, he has to develop chemistry and timing with his new teammates. He missed all five of their preseason games.

If Howard can play, that would certainly be a positive turn of events for the Wizards. As of the end of last week, it seemed highly unlikely he would be ready when the regular season began.

But Howard turned a corner and now appears to be coming along quicker than once expected. 

"It was probably our best practice of training camp," Brooks said Monday after finally getting Howard into the mix.

"He has a natural feel. His IQ was pretty high, I was impressed with that. He picked things up."

Howard signed a two-year contract worth $11 million to join the Wizards in July.


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Wizards send Jodie Meeks, future second-round pick to Bucks

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Wizards send Jodie Meeks, future second-round pick to Bucks

Just three days away from their home-opener against the Miami Heat, the Wizards are still busy at work finalizing their 2018-19 roster. 

Jodie Meeks was traded to the Bucks Monday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Wizards are also sending a future secound-round pick and cash. 

The 31-year-old guard averaged just 6.3 points in his lone season with Washington a year ago. 

The moves comes after Meeks was suspended 25 games for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program last April. 

Milwaukee is expected to waive Meeks upon arrival.