In what was probably the best team win of the season, the Wizards pull away from the Raptors and cruise to a 117-106 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The dynamic backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall combined for 54 points on 20-37 shooting. Way better than their combined 11-41 performance in game 1.
As predicted, the Raptors came out desperate to start this one. At the blink of an eye, the Raptors were up 7-0 and started the game on a 12-2 run just four minutes into the game. Just like in game one, the Wizards were able to withhold the storm with the deficit never getting bigger than 10 points. Things started to settle down as John Wall hit Marcin Gortat for two layups off the pick-and-roll. After starting 1-7 from the field, the Wizards made five of their next seven shots and found themselves down just five as the Raptors shot 55% in the first and led 31-26.
An aggressive Bradley Beal hit a wide open three to start the second quarter. Beal ended the night with a playoff career high 28 points.
Fouls were a big problem for the Raptors and it all started with Kyle Lowry. Lowry picked up his second and third fouls just seconds apart and was forced to the bench early in the quarter.
Just like in game one, Pierce knocked down a corner three from almost the exact same spot midway through the second quarter. You wondered if this would get Pierce rolling again…
Bradley Beal picked up where he left off in the first nailing a three pointer from the top of the key giving the Wiz their first lead of the game. This would spark a 13-0 run which would include many easy layups, points in transition, and this nice little John Wall spinning dish to Gortat
The Wizards ended the quarter on a 17-4 run to take a 60-49 lead at halftime.
The Raptors came out of the locker room desperate once again knocking down two threes to start the half. The Wizards just always had an answer. Timely buckets from Beal, Pierce, Porter, and Wall were key for the Wiz as the lead would balloon to 15 early on. Hell, Drew Gooden even got in on the action knocking down a three pointer.
The game took a turn when Lou Williams drove to the hole in transition and John Wall swatted his shot out of there. The Wizards found Wall in transition and he drove to the lane, got fouled, and made the bucket. The lead was stretched to 17 and you could hear the boo birds coming from the Raptors faithful.
The Wizards shot an unheard of 77% in the third quarter and were up 22 going into the fourth.
After trading buckets to start the fourth quarter, the Wizards got a little loose with the ball committing five turnovers and allowing the Raptors to go on a 10-0 run to stay within striking distance. Once again, Bradley Beal was able to stop the bleeding.
After a Greivis Vazquez three at the 3:20 mark, the Wizards were just up by 10 and once again, were playing not to lose; not playing to win the game. Some missed shots and a late game injury to Kyle Lowry and the Wizards were able to hang on. John Wall hit a three pointer over former Kentucky teammate Patrick Patterson for the dagger to put the Wiz up 14 late.
Final score 117-106. The Wizards have an opportunity to put a strangle-hold on the series with a game 3 win Friday night.
It was a perfect night for DC sports fans…. Well almost…