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Wall does a bit of everything, hits game-winner to lift Wizards past Magic

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards won't go much further than John Wall takes them this season - which could still be plenty far.

The electric point guard was in midseason form in the Wizards' opener on Wednesday night, and his team needed everything he gave them in order to squeak past a plucky young Orlando Magic squad, 88-87.

Wall was locked in at both ends of the floor, had the new-look Wizards getting up and down in a hurry, and was characteristically explosive in the open court.


He finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and a career-high five blocks, as Magic guards struggled to both stay in front of and get by him.

The last two of those 22 points were kind of important, too. With 12 seconds left in regulation and the Wizards down one, Wall used a high screen from Marcin Gortat, went straight at a backpedaling Nikola Vucevic, and calmly dropped in a floater to give his team the lead, and, ultimately, the win.

Whose world is it? @JohnWall #closer

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