A look back on the top 10 moments of the 2010-11 season. Read Part I of the series here.
8. Double overtime loss to Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin hogged the spotlight in the rookie of the year race all season, but when John Wall visited Griffin’s home on March 23, he nearly stole the game. In one of the most thrilling games of the season, Wall helped lead the Wizards back from a 12-point second-half deficit and forced overtime with a driving layup. With an opportunity to win the game, though, Wall missed a free throw that could’ve sealed the win and Clippers guard Eric Gordon made a three-pointer that forced a second overtime. The Wizards didn’t have enough in the tank for another extra frame, and lost, 127-119. Wall finished with 32 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to post that line since Earl Monroe on Feb. 24, 1968. With Jordan Crawford adding 25 points and 10 assists, they became the first rookie duo to ever have at least 25 points and 10 assists in the same game. But Griffin came out ahead once again, as he recorded a triple double with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
7. John Wall’s first triple double
Magic Johnson was sitting courtside next to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, and the point man behind the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers had to be impressed by the show from John Wall. In his sixth NBA game, Wall was spectacular, as he recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 98-91 win over Houston. Wall also added six steals, a blocked shot and completed an alley-oop when he soared high to catch a pass from Gilbert Arenas and dunked. He tied Guy Rodgers for the fifth fewest games with his first triple double (six). Only Oscar Robertson (one game), Hambone Williams (four), Johnson (five) and Connie Hawkins (five) got their first triple doubles earlier in their careers. Wall also became the fourth-youngest player to have a triple double -- trailing LeBron James (twice) and Lamar Odom. At 20 years, 65 days, Wall’s first triple double beat Johnson’s first one by 10 days.