By Brian Tinsman

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:


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  1. Gerry Miller says:

    That was the Wizards’ best win of the season. No, they did not beat a defending champion. No, their defense was not great, and it was more than just Melo being unstoppable for half the game. Yes, they should have kept the game out of reach, given the lead that they had going into the last quarter. But the Wizards overcame a record-setting performance by Melo, and did not collapse at the end when Knicks put on a great run. How did so many fans think Derrick Rose is still a better PG than John Wall (i.e., the thousands of all star voters).

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