John Wall: Denzel Valentine’s celebration ‘woke up a monster’ (video)

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Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine hit a 3-pointer that gave him a career 19 points and Chicago a seven-point fourth-quarter lead over the Wizards, and he celebrated fairly demonstratively.

Teammate Taj Gibson didn’t appear to like that.

Washington guard John Wall really didn’t like it.

Wall, via J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

“I play with a lot of emotion just like him. I understand where he’s coming from,” said Wall, who had game highs of 26 points and 14 assists, including the game-winning jumper, for the Wizards to get them over .500 for the first time since November 2015. “I just said, ‘Don’t celebrate this early.  You’re a rookie. You haven’t earned those stripes yet.’ I told him, ‘That’s how you feel? You woke up a monster.’ I just went on a scoring spree.”

From there, Valentine shot 0-for-3. John Wall went 3-for-6, including hitting the game-winning jumper.

We never would have heard of Wall’s offense if he didn’t respond with strong play in a Washington win. But he did, so he can strut a bit.