WASHINGTON — Big players step up in big moments, and there were none bigger than John Wall in the final seconds of Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks.
With 20 seconds remaining, the Knicks were in the driver’s seat, with possession and trailing by only one point. Carmelo Anthony shot from inside the arc on the left side, looking to give the Knicks the lead.
Instead, the shot clanged off of the rim and skipped out to John Wall, who rebounded it cleanly and landed. The Wizards could have run out the clock or taken the foul, but Wall wanted to end the game emphatically.
Dribbling behind his back, Wall sprinted to the end of the court, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake:
Here is another look at that play:
And here is one last look at that celebration: