John Wall willed the Wizards to a 133-132 double-overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Monday, scoring Washington's last 10 points to secure the victory.
Then, in a post-game interview on the court, his emotions took hold of him as he dedicated the game to a friend, 6-year-old Damiyah Telemaque-Nelson, who lost her battle with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, on Monday.
"This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost that I met last year. It's just tough, man, you see a little kid that fights so hard with cancer and can't beat it," said Wall with a shrug. "This game is for her."
Asked if Miyah had touched his heart, Wall nodded his head before hunching over in tears.
Wall met Miyah last year after her friends and family launched a social media campaign to grab his attention and help the little girl meet Nicki Minaj. It worked, on both counts.
The All-Star point guard kept in contact with the little girl, speaking with her via FaceTime as recently as two weeks ago, and had been writing her name on his shoes all season, according to CSN Washington.
Wall posted a tribute to Miyah on Twitter following the game.
Wall finished with 26 points and 17 assists for Washington (14-6), which is tied for first place in the Eastern Conference's Southeast division.
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