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.
“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.