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Wall on setting steals mark: 'I've got a lot more years here'

Wall on setting steals mark: 'I've got a lot more years here'

Earlier this season John Wall passed Wes Unseld to become the Wizards' franchise leader in assists. On Wednesday night against the Hornets, Wall did the same for steals.

In the third quarter, Hornets guard Marco Belinelli got the ball in the corner and was trapped by Wall. when Belinelli drove baseline, Wall poked the ball out of his hands from behind. That set up a bucket for Otto Porter on the other end.

It was Wall's 763rd career steal, which gave him one more than former Bullets star Greg Ballard. Wall added another one in the game and had seven on the night.

Wall, in fact, has the sixth-most steals since he entered the NBA in 2010. The five ahead of him are Chris Paul, Monta Ellis, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Paul Millsap.

"It's great. It's a great honor. I couldn't do that without my teammates, the fans and my coaching staff," Wall said.

Wall's seven steals helped the Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-106.

"Kemba [Walker] is one of the toughest matchups in this league," head coach Scott Brooks said. "But I thought John was really good defensively. He stayed in plays. He's getting in better condition. He didn't play a lot of basketball this summer and he's getting into a nice rhythm."

Seven steals is a lot, but Wall felt he could have had more.

"If I had known that, I would have tried for 10. I had nine my rookie year," he said.

Wall's 764 steals are also a lot. But teammate Kelly Oubre, Jr. sees that number to strive for.

"That guy is incredible, but I'm coming for that," Oubre said with confidence. "He's a hard worker. I'm happy for him, every accomplishment that he reaches in this building is well-earned, well-deserved because he is John Wall. He is the point guard of D.C. I love him as a teammate and a brother, but I'm coming for that."

Oubre had two steals himself on Wednesday night and now has 39 total in his career. He's got a long way to go, especially if Wall continues playing in D.C. beyond his current contract which runs up following the 2018-19 season. Wall, in fact, sort of hinted of his plans when told about Oubre's proclamation.

"I've got a lot more years here," Wall said.


Watch the play that gave Wall the record right here:

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Wizards vs. 76ers Preseason: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. 76ers Preseason: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards will take the court Friday night in Philadelphia as they wrap up their 2019 preseason slate. While there are still roster spots to be won and roles to be carved out, the biggest storyline surrounding the Wizards this week comes from their biggest star.

Bradley Beal, the face of the franchise and Wizards' only All-Star while John Wall rehabs from his Achilles injury, signed a two-year contract extension with the Wizards Thursday morning.

The focus of the season for the Wizards will clearly be on their younger players, but fans will be most excited to see the team's remaining star this season.

It's unclear which 76ers stars will be on the court for the preseason finale, but the game will serve as the final tune-up for two franchise going in opposite directions. 

The Wizards vs. 76ers preseason finale wil tip off Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.


What: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 2019 NBA Preseason Game 4

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

When: Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Wizards at 76ers preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at 76ers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


3:00 PM: The Daily Line (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. 76ers, NBA Preseason (LIVE)


Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Isaiah Thomas (OUT, Left thumb rehab), Isaac Bonga (OUT, Left knee soreness), Troy Brown Jr. (OUT, Left calf strain), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), C.J. Miles (OUT, Left foot rehab)

76ers: James Ennis (DAY-TO-DAY, calf injury)


Bradley Beal, G, Wizards: Beal just signed a contract extension to keep him in Washington for a few more years. With John Wall out, the Wizards are solely his team, and this will be his first time on the court since agreeing to the new deal. 

Thomas Bryant, C, Wizards: The Wizards' best big man has enjoyed a strong preseason, and will look to solidify himself as Washington's number two option behind Beal with John Wall out. His outside game remains a work in progress, but Bryant has flashed a lot of potential inside for a Wizards team desperate for secondary scoring.

Matisse Thybulle, SG, 76ers: The rookie guard filled the stat sheet in Philadelphia's previous preseason game, and appears to have earned a significant role as a defensive specialist and the first wing off the 76ers' bench.  


Number of all-time Meetings: 303 games

All-time Record: 76ers lead 181-122

Last Meeting: Wizards won 123-106 on 1/9/19

Streaking: Wizards have won 9 straight home games against the 76ers, and  22 of last 29 at Capital One Arena


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Bradley Beal excitedly tweets reaction to signing two-year extension

Bradley Beal excitedly tweets reaction to signing two-year extension

ICYMI, Bradley Beal finally signed a contract extension with the Washington Wizards. The two-year, $72 million deal begins in the 2021-22 season and includes a four-year player option available in 2022-23.

After a career year for shooting guard we know and love to call Panda, as well as a tumultuous year for the Wizards, Beal faced many options, like requesting a trade or holding out. Instead of requesting a trade, he put the pen to paper with a deal that's flexible for what's to come Washington's way over the next five seasons. Making this happen is a huge win for the Wizards front office and is a significant success for general manager Tommy Sheppard to add to his resume.

With all of that said, Bradley Beal is pretty excited about the extension, too.

We're doing the same dance moves over the good news, Brad! The Wizards' future looks bright and filled with panda swag.