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Tomas Satoransky has a habit of deferring to his teammates, and it follows him both on and off the court. In games, he's meticulous about setting others up, always intent on moving the ball before seeking his own shot. In media interviews, he takes a similar approach, often directing praise towards others whenever he's given the chance.

So, it makes perfect sense how the postgame celebration on Friday night in the Wizards locker room at Capital One Arena, an impromptu party for his first career triple-double, was what one of his teammates described to NBC Sports Washington as "awkward." That's because Satoransky was hyper-aware of what was coming his way, preventing the element of surprise.

He saw teammates with water bottles as he entered the room, and he had just left an on-court mob following his postgame walk-off interview. He knew what they were up to, how he was not only destined to get soaked but also set to be the center of attention, a place he doesn't always prefer to be.

After a few anxious moments of his teammates waiting, they let loose, dumping water and jumping up and down in a mosh pit of NBA-sized men, rejoicing like kids.

In a season full of frustration and disappointment, things are turning up for the Washington Wizards, and Satoranksy's moment following their 113-106 win over the Bucks was emblematic of what feels like the dawn of a fresh start.

"I think it was Ian [Mahinmi]," Satoransky said, grinning as he looked across the room. "I think it was his idea. That was a Euro-on-Euro crime."

Satoransky had just led the Wizards to their fifth win in their last seven games. He had what was probably the best game of his career, a well-rounded performance of 18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. He shot 7-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from three and finished plus-8 in the box score.

Satoransky did all of this against a Bucks defensive front that features a group of guards that resembles a linebacking corps. They have physical players like Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe, all of which spent time guarding Satoransky.

They gave him some trouble at times, as he committed six turnovers. But for the most part, Satoransky had his way with the Bucks from the opening tip.

In the first quarter alone, Satoransky had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in nine minutes. After that hot start, the possibility entered his mind and those of his teammates.

By the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, it became a realistic goal when Satoransky reached nine assists. It was then that teammate Bradley Beal took initiative.

Beal said he called a series of plays for Satoransky to pass him the ball for a score, but Satoransky pushed back, not wanting to commit any more turnovers and put the win in jeopardy. With 1:43 left, Beal cut baseline and Satoransky found him with a perfect alley-oop lob.

There it was, his first career triple-double.

Then, they broke out the bottles.

"It was great energy," Beal said. "My whole damn locker was wet."

"His first triple-double was cool to see, all the guys enjoyed it," head coach Scott Brooks said. "That's what teams do. You have to celebrate your team's success. It was fun to see after the game, their celebration."

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