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John Wall becomes youngest Wizards player to reach 10,000 points

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John Wall has endured a frustrating season with injuries this year with the Washington Wizards but he finally looks healthy again and has been performing at an All-Star level recently.

Afte posting a season-high 35 points and 11 assists against the Utah Jazz earlier in the week, Wall followed that up with another impressive performance in their matchup with the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

The point guard put up 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting, along with nine assists and three blocks as he led the Wizards to a 125-119 win at home.

As well as getting the victory for his team, the night proved to be significant on an individual note for the 27-year-old as he set an impressive milestone.

Wall became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 10,000 career points, passing former Washington Bullets star Jeff Malone by more than a year.

This layup in the first quarter saw him notch the historic feat:

The All-NBA guard, who is exactly 27 years and 128 days old, eclipsed Malone who reached 10,000 at 28 years and 197 days old.

The four-time All-Star is fourth on the franchise's all-time scoring list behind legends Malone, Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld.

He still trails the all-time leader Hayes by more than 5,000 points but at the rate he's going, however, he could easily pass him by the end of his career - if he retires as a Wizard.

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Wall - who was selected with the number one overall pick in 2010 - is contracted to Washington until the 2022-23 season and has already stated that he wants to spend his entire NBA career with the organisation.

He's already the team's leader in steals and assists and could go down as the greatest player in their history if he takes the number one spot in scoring too.

But his big performance against Orlando was even more remarkable due to the fact that he rolled his ankle in the first half and limped off the court.

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But he returned for the second period and played through the pain to help the Wizards get a much-needed home win after losing back-to-back games in their own gym.

"That guy just tapes it up, goes out there and competes," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, per ESPN. "It's what makes him a special player... He's a competitor, and we needed every bit of his effort and energy, defensive toughness and offence and shot-making ability tonight."

The Kentucky product is on course to make his fifth All-Star appearance next month in Los Angeles and the Wizards will need him to continue performing at this level if they are to mount a serious challenge to the top teams in the east.

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