Wednesday December 24th, 2014

Wizards star John Wall pulled off a slick, behind-the-back move before converting a layup during Tuesday night's game against the Bulls in Washington.

Paul Pierce rebounded a Joakim Noah miss and fed Wall near the three-point line. Wall caught the ball, turned upcourt and streaked toward toward the opposing basket as Jimmy Butler and E'Twaun Moore gave chase. Moore had a good angle on Wall and caught up to him near the foul line, only to have the Wizards point guard wrap the ball behind his back in one fluid motion. With Butler guarding him tightly, Wall controlled the ball in his right hand and elevated for a layup.

No foul was called on the play, even though Butler appeared to make contact with Wall's arm.

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Wall has elevated his play this season, posting career-highs in Player Efficiency Rating, Win Shares per 48 minutes and True Shooting Percentage while building a case as one of the top point guards in the NBA. Over 26 games entering Tuesday, the 24-year-old averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 2.1 steals. In the preseason, Wall seemed to take issue with ranking him No. 31 in its top 100 player rankings.

He led Washington with 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting and nine assists in a 99-91 loss to the Bulls. Derrick Rose paced Chicago with 25 points, four assists and two steals.

The loss dropped the Wizards to 19-8 and improved the Bulls to 19-9.

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