A career-high 47 points from John Wall helped the Washington Wizards to victory over the Memphis Grizzles on Monday night.

The point guard scored 17 of his 47 in the fourth quarter as the Wizards upset the Grizzlies to take it 107-94 at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.

The former-number one overall pick finished the game with 47 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block, and admitted after the game he just fell into a rhythm.

"I was just in a zone," Wall told ESPN.com. "I made my first couple of shots and I knew I was in a great rhythm. Ten points in the first quarter, I knew I had it going."

It was a far cry from his last outing against the Golden State Warriors, when Wall was ejected after two technical fouls in the third quarter. His 47-point haul is the third-highest single points total in the league this term, and his improved shooting really caught the eye.

A 45 per cent field goal shooter, Wall hit 13 from 22 and made a career-best 19 from the line from 24 free throw attempts. 

ESPN stats show he torched the Grizzlies on isolation plays in particular, using his quickness to generate separation and hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field and seven from the line, racking up 20 points in the process.

And other athletes from the Washinghton DC area were just as impressed with the youngster's performance, taking to Twitter to hail the Wizards guard.

"47 Points 7 Rebounds AND 8 assists!?!?!?!? OK I see you @John_Wall #DCTakeOver," Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tweeted.

And Olympics gold medallist and Maryland native Michael Phelps tweeted, "@John_Wall sick game tonight !!! #wizards"

The ex-Kentucky point guard typically averages 16.8 points-per-game, but he lit it up and carried a Wizards team missing five members of its rotation.

Bradley Beal, A.J. Price, Tevor Ariza, Nene and Martell Webster all missed the visit of the Grizzlies (47-23), but Wall picked up the slack, ably backed up by a 21-point, nine-rebound performance from centre Emeka Okafor.

The Grizzlies have already clinched a playoff berth in the Western Conference, but they fell on the road for the fourth straight game - admittedly without star centre Marc Gasol.

The Wizards though (26-44) are on the up. They're much improved with Wall in the line-up, as their 21-16 record with the star point guard suggests.

And the Grizzlies admitted after the fixture they were powerless to stop one of the most athletic and dynamic guards in the game.

Mike Conley said: "When somebody has it going like that, there's really nothing you can do. You just put a hand up and hope that he misses.

"He had one of those nights where he was feeling it. We threw everything we had at him and he made the plays."

Wall, a North Carolina native, attended the University of Kentucky for a season, before he was drafted by the Wizards with the number one pick of the 2010 draft.

Widely regarded as one of the most athletic point guards in the NBA, along with Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, the 22-year-old Wall is a future NBA superstar in the making.

An NBA All-Rookie first team selection in 2011, he narrowly lost out at the Rookie of the Year awards to LA Clippers human highlight reel Blake Griffin.

He missed the beginning of the 2012-13 season with a knee injury, but has gradually improved since returning in January this year - a return which has corresponded with a upturn in Wizards' form.

Their victory over the Grizzlies was their sixth straight home win.

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