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Emotional John Wall wills Wizards to double OT win vs Celtics

In today's Wake-Up Call, we take a look at John Wall's unbelievable performance, especially down the stretch, in the Wizards double overtime victory over the Boston Celtics.

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1. John Wall leads Wizards past Boston Celtics, 133-132 in double OT

The WIzards brought Paul Pierce to help in many ways, including as the closer to finish off tight games down the stretch. While Pierce did his part by scoring a season-high 28 points, it was Wall who took over and willed the Wizards to victory. It was really one of the wildest games you'll see, with Washington up by 23 points, only to see the lead evaporate into a one-point deficit, followed by seven-point deficits in each overtime, and an eventual one-point win. Wow.

To the recaps!

Bullets Forever

The Washington Post

Wiz of Awes


Comcast SportsNet


2. Wall loses close friend to Burkitt's Lymphoma

Wall received the news Monday morning but it didn't hit him until right after he had incredibly brought the Wizards to it's most wild and exciting -- albeit, frustrating -- win of the season. During the interview with CSN's Chris Miller, as you can see above, Wall couldn't hold the tears back. It was such a wild emotional day and, in the end, was too much for him to handle. As we've come to realize about Wall, he is an amazing basketball player with an amazing heart.

3. Pierce passes Reggie Miller for 16th on all-time scoring list

It was only fitting that Pierce hits a major milestone in his impressive career against the team that he led for nearly the entire duration of his 17-year NBA career. Pierce passed Miller on the first of two free throws during last night's game, and his season-high 28 points helped him finish the game with a career total of 25,300 points. The fans at the Verizon Center gave him a standing round of applause when the jumbotron displayed his milestone. He is 313 points away from Alex English, who ranks 15th all-time. Congratulations, Paul!

4. Where will Martell Webster fit in upon his return?

Webster is aiming to begin full participation in practice this week and potentially suiting up for his first game of the season within the next two weeks. Otto Porter's been struggling on the offensive end lately, so it seems at first glance that the second-year player will be the first to see his minutes cut once Webster returns to the court. Certainly Webster will see limited minutes early on, but Wittman will have his hands full, in a good way, deciding how to incorporate the 28-year old into this already-deep rotation.

5. Hear from the team

John Wall

Paul Pierce

Bradley Beal

Marcin Gortat

Randy Wittman