John Wall Wins To Honor Death Of Six-Year-Old He Befriended, Breaks Down Afterward
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall befriended a six-year-old girl named Miyah Telemaque-Nelson months ago. She passed away on Saturday of Burkitt's Lymphoma, a type of cancer.
According to ESPN, Wall said that he has been writing her name on his shoes all season. Wall started a campaign of sorts over social media to help Miyah meet rapper Nicki Minaj.
"This game was really meant for her. It would've been an even tougher day to lose it," said Wall."I just went into a mode where I didn't want to lose this game."
But that quote only came after Wall was able to compose himself.
He might have broken down in tears on the court, but that was only after Wall played an absolutely incredible game in a double-overtime victory against the Celtics. Wall shot 10-of-17 from the floor, recording 26 points and 17 assists to go along with seven rebounds and three steals. It's easy to exaggerate how well someone played this under emotional circumstances like this, but it was truly one of the best games of Wall's career.
Wall tweeted about Miyah on Monday:
— John Wall (@JohnWall) December 9, 2014
While Miyah wasn't a member of Wall's family, the game is still reminiscent of performances like Brett Favre's Monday Night Football win over the Oakland Raiders just one day after losing his father. Favre threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns all in the first half.
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