The Wizards beat the Bulls for the second time in as many weeks tonight, downing Chicago 96-93 behind John Wall’s 23 points and 11 assists. Wall led all players in scoring, but it was the way that he got two of those 23 points that left everyone in absolute disbelief.
With 3:38 left in the third quarter, Wall was one-on-one with Mike Dunleavy, and instead of electing to dump the ball off to one of his trailing teammates, Wall attempted to take it to the hoop himself. He was unable to get by the much larger Dunleavy, so instead managed to spin around and toss the ball up as he fell to the ground, miraculously bouncing the ball off the backboard and in. While the shot certainly looked more like improvisation than a planned shot attempt, it worked, and is an instant candidate for shot of the year. Check it out below!
With the win, the Wizards became the fifth team in the Eastern Conference to reach a .500 record, keeping their lead on the Bulls for the fifth seed in the East. The Wizards also pulled their home record to 9-9, and now have a three-game winning streak going as they get set to host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday at Verizon Center.