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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers

Here are five must-see plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 116-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Verizon Center on Thursday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards played a home game on Thursday night, so as it has been the case so often lately, they won. It has been just that simple for this team. Since Dec. 6 when they lost the Magic in Washington, the Wizards have won 16 straight at home. That's the longest streak in the NBA this season and the second-longest run in franchise history.

Thursday night's win was paved by Bradley Beal's 19 points in the first half. Three of them came on this shot Beal set up with a give-and-go:

2. Jason Smith finished with just four points in 14 minutes, but two of them came on this emphatic putback slam:

3. Beal ended up with five three-pointers, but he also made his mark dunking the ball on Thursday. You can see two of them on this replay:

And here's another Beal dunk on an alley-oop tossed by John Wall:

4. The Wizards didn't play their best defensive game, but there were two key blocks in the fourth quarter that helped them hold on for the win. The first was by Markieff Morris:

The second was by Beal, who chased down D'Angelo Russell for a block from behind on the fastbreak:

5. Yes, Beal did just about everything on Thursday night. On this play he got the assist by finding Morris for a dunk on a key possession late in the fourth quarter:

Another home game, another win for the Wizards. Lastly, here is the latest harvest from the @CSNWizards meme farm. This time it was Nick Young and Lakers fans who got roasted:

[RELATED: 'Sick' of Lakers fans, Wizards glad to shut them up in win]

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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.

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