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The Washington Wizards are back to .500 following their third-straight win Friday night against the Chicago Bulls, 96-93. Remind me, what's happened every time the Wiz have gotten to .500 this season?

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John Wall led the way Friday night against the Chicago Bulls, scoring 23 points to go with 11 assists and one of the crazier circus shots you'll ever see as the Washington Wizards picked up their third-straight win, 96-93, and reached .500 for the third time this season.

Let's hope third time's the charm, eh? As you're no doubt aware, the Wizards have gotten to .500 twice previously this season, only to lose several consecutive games each time. Tonight, they've got a home date with the Detroit Pistons, whom they lost to in the season opener before sweeping in a home-and-home series to end 2013.

This current stretch is crucial for the Wizards. Following tonight's game, the Wiz will finish out their five-game home stretch with should-wins against the 76ers and Celtics, and begin a four-game road trip with winnable matchups with the Suns and Jazz. But then, they finish the roadie against the Warriors and Clippers, then begin another five-game home stand against the Thunder, Trailblazers and Spurs. So yea, it'd be nice to bank a few wins in the coming days.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStreamWashington PostAP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Truth About ItWiz of AwesWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Blog a BullChicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesESPN ChicagoPippin Ain't Easy

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealTrevor BookerMarcin GortatGarrett Temple

KEY STATS

2 - Losses suffered by the Bulls in 2014, spanning eight games. Both losses came against the Wizards.

6 - Points scored by the Bulls in the final 7:33 against the Wizards.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT YEAR DECADE MILLENNIUM ETERNITY

If Wall ever fulfills his potential and ends up having a career worthy of documentaries and half-hour highlight reels, this play is guaranteed to make it.

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Somehow, this only made No. 3 on Sportscenter's Top 10 plays from Friday. Just lump it with the All Star voting as evidence that Wall can't get not respect.

GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

souldrummer

NO NO NENE

Nats win! Untuck. Bang, zoom! "Time for some Journey!" - @charlieslowes

GAMETHREAD ROLLCALL

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