The Chicago Bulls are well aware of John Wall’s speed and that he can be a scary sight in the open court. So when Mike Dunleavy started backpedaling, all alone, with Wall charging hard, the Bulls forward decided to simply foul. Dunleavy made the requisite contact on Wall and raised his hand to accept his punishment from the officials — only to realize that Wall hadn’t conceded the bucket.

Twisting like a propeller, Wall flipped the ball over his shoulder and watched the ball bank in off the glass as his body completed a 360-degree spin to the hardwood. Dunleavy certainly couldn't be faulted for making the right play, but the result wasn’t surprising — considering the way things have been going for Wall and the Washington Wizards of late.

“I don’t know how the heck it went in. I was surprised myself,” Wall said with a laugh.

The Wizards needed a little luck to win their third straight game, but they secured a 96-93 victory with a stingy defensive effort that concluded with Nene sizing up Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and cleanly swatting his tying three-point attempt as time expired.

The victory moved the Wizards into sole possession of the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference and put them at .500 for the third time this season. The Wizards host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday with a chance to go above .500 for the first time since October 2009.

“I don’t want to think about it, really. I just want to get over, to be honest,” said Wall, who recorded his 13th double-double with 23 points and 11 assists.

Wall’s crashing-helicopter shot over Dunleavy will be remembered most from this game, since it highlighted a 10-0 third-quarter run that got the crowd engaged and lifted his teammates. “I was just going to go to my behind-the-back move. He fouled me. I wanted to get a shot up to the rim. Luckily it went in,” Wall said.