Earlier in the week Paul Pierce was talking, and today, he walked the walk. Pierce led the Wizards with 20 points on 7-10 shooting and went 4-7 from three point range as the Wizards beat the Raptors 93-86 in overtime and take a 1-0 series lead.
Both teams were very jittery to start this game as the Wizards shot 1-10 from the field but were down just 7-3 six minutes into the game. Nene asserted himself shortly there after with dunks on back-to-back possessions as well as a put back layup for a personal 6-0 run. Things started to pick up for the Raptors when Patrick Patterson came in and knocked down two three pointers as well as a floater in the lane.
Even with the poor shooting, the Wizards were down just four points, 23-19 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wizards bench stepped in in the second quarter and provided a huge boost. Shots were falling for Seraphin, Gooden, and Sessions in the quarter who were able to keep the Wizards within striking distance.
After missing his first two shots, Paul Pierce hit a three from the right corner at the 6:15 mark and that got him rolling. The veteran Pierce was able to get into the lane to get some close in jump shots. Pierce went 3-4 in the quarter and hit a fade away jump shot at the 4:03 mark as the Wizards would take their first lead, 40-38.
The Wizards pounded the Raptors on the glass in the first half collecting nine offensive rebounds and ended the half on a 10-2 run to lead 46-42.
Early in the third, Pierce ran into Jonas Valanciunas and was laying on the ground. It looked like he got hit in the neck/shoulder area. After laying on the ground for a few minutes, Pierce hit his first jump shot once play resumed.
On the next possession, John Wall would find Nene on the pick and roll for an easy layup as the Wizards took a 50-42 lead forcing the Raptors to call time out.
The Wizards were able to maintain a nine point lead for the duration of the third quarter and led 65-56 after three.
The Wizards caught fire to start the fourth as buckets from Beal, Seraphin, and Gooden stretched the lead out to 15. The Raptors were ice cold on the other hand missing 11-14 shots to start the fourth quarter.
As we know with this team, no lead is safe. The Raptors clawed back into this one with timely scoring from Greivis Vazquez and Lou Williams. With the Wizards lead slowing dwindling, Lou Williams knocked down a three pointer at the 2:54 mark to cut the lead to four.
The Wizards responded by finding Beal on a curl play who scored and got fouled by Kyle Lowry; committing his sixth foul and disqualifying him for the rest of the game.
The Raptors were not dead. Down just three, Greivis Vazquez hit a three in transition to tie the game at 82. The Wizards responded with a terrible isolation play resulting in a tough missed shot from John Wall. The Raptors had one more opportunity to take the lead but missed a desperation tip as time expired. We’d be going to overtime.
Paul Pierce set the tone in overtime knocking down a three to start the period.
John Wall would find Nene on a pick and roll for an easy dunk as well as Otto Porter for a floater in the lane as the Wizards stretched the lead to 89-82. The Raptors scored their first points of the overtime period with 30 seconds remaining but it was too little too late.
The Wizards blow a 15 point fourth quarter lead but hang on to win 93-86. You know what they say? The series doesn’t start til the road team wins. Well… the road team is up 1-0.