Recap: Raptors at Wizards

AP Photo/Alex Brandon
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The Raptors outlast the Wizards 120-116 in a thrilling overtime victory. The Wizards came back from 19 points down in the 4th quarter but were unable to stop Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams when it mattered most. The duo combined for 42 points but most importantly; hit clutch shots in the 4th quarter and overtime.

John Wall was questionable for today’s game after missing some practice time this week as well as shoot around this morning. If you watched, there’s no way you would have known he was playing through two mildly sprained ankles, a sore Achilles, and suffering from migraines. For the second time in three games, he just nearly missed a triple-double posting a final stat line of 28 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds.

You would have never known that the Raptors played an overtime game the night prior either. They came out blazing hot. They shot 68% in the first quarter including a mind-whopping 7-8 from 3. The Wizards also shot 68% but took only four three pointers in the quarter, connecting on three.

The Raptors started the second quarter with more hot shooting. Only this time the reserves got in on the action. Patrick Patterson and Lou Williams came in for the Raptors and connected on three pointers. At the 9:50 mark of the quarter, they were shooting 9-11 from long distance and the rout was officially on. They Raptors were able to stretch the lead out to 19. Whenever the Wizards made a run, the Raptors had an answer. The Raptors were up 65-50 at halftime. 65 points was the most scored against the Wizards in a half this season.

The Wizards showed a little more life to start the second half. Back to back shots from Nene cut the lead down to 15 early on. It also looked like the team was much more engaged on defense to start the second half.

As good teams do, the Raptors never faltered and always had an answer. Their three point shooting cooled off significantly has they did not hit a three pointer in the third quarter but still had a cushy 94-78 lead entering the fourth.

The fourth quarter was one of the Wizards best this season. The Wiz were able to cut the lead down to 10 at the 8:52 mark when Otto Porter stole the ball from Lou Williams who then fouled Otto on a clear path foul. The refs weren’t too consistent in their calls throughout this game, which agitated the Wizards. On many occasions, the Wiz (Nene, John Wall) went to the hole looking for calls, not looking to score and would stare down the officials after a non-call.

The Wizards were able to muster up a 17-2 run to get back in this one. It all started on the defensive end. Stops turned into John Wall outlets which led to some easy transition buckets. Late in the 4th John raced down court and converted on one of his crazy acrobatic layups and got fouled. He missed the free throw but the lead was now cut to 3.

With under 40 seconds to play and the Wizards down 3, Randy Wittman drew up a play for Paul Pierce. The Truth nailed a three with 25 seconds left and the game was tied at 109. We’d be going to overtime.

The Wiz took a 111-110 lead at the 4:05 mark in overtime, their first lead since the first quarter on a pair of free throws from Paul Pierce. John’s future backcourt mate in the All Star game, Kyle Lowry then went on a 6-0 run of his own to put the Raptors back in front. The Wizards were never able to regain the lead and would fall 120-116.

This is the third time in as many games that the Wizards found themselves down 18+ points in the second quarter. They were able to dig themselves out of that hole and win against the Lakers but when you play good teams, that won’t happen as easily. The Wizards now drop to third place in the Eastern Conference and have some pivotal Southeastern match ups coming up next week.

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