The Wizards take a stranglehold on the series beating the Raptors 106-99. Marcin Gortat and John Wall both had monster games for the Wiz. Gortat ended the night with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Wall chipped in with 19 points and 15 assists. And of course, The Truth chipped in with 18 points including two huge three pointers to prove “why we brought him here.”
The game wasn’t always rosy for the Wizards as the Raptors used hot shooting to jump out to an early 23-16 lead. Kyle Lowry hit his first two three pointers but went just 3-20 from the floor the rest of the way scoring 15 points on the night.
Demar DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring with 32 points on 11-29 shooting.
The Raptors led 35-33 after the first quarter.
Things got physical in the second quarter a couple of times between Nene and Tyler Hansbrough. The two got tangled up on multiple occasions with Nene catching Hansbrough in the face with an elbow.
Drew Gooden provided a very nice spark off the bench to spell Nene as he scored 12 points including three 3 pointers.
Scoring was at a premium for the Raptors in the second quarter. Folks were confused; it looked the like Wizards offense during the regular season.
After his blazing hot start, Kyle Lowry missed nine consecutive shots in the quarter. The Wizards took their first lead of the game at the 5:36 mark on a layup from John Wall in transition.
The Wizards took advantage of the Raptors cold shooting to grab the lead, 54-48 at halftime.
The third quarter was hard on the eyes for the Wizards faithful. Turnovers, missed mid range jump shots, it looked like the Wizards offense in Mid-February form as they only managed to score 18 points in the period.
The fourth quarter is where the fun started. John Wall took a Kyle Lowry miss the length of the court for a spin and lay in plus the foul.
With the offense falling into a bit of a slump again, Paul Pierce hit a three at the 6:40 mark to stretch the Wizards lead to four, 84-80.
Terrance Ross would tie the game with a three of his own at the 4:35 mark. Otto Porter had an answer. John found Otto from the left corner who confidently stroked home a three pointer as the Wizards would regain the lead.
With the Wizards up five with just one minute to play, Pierce knocked in the dagger three pointer to put the Wiz up 98-90 and all but ice the game. Pierce added another three pointer the next time down as the shot clock was running out for good measure. That’s why we brought him here.
Wizards win 106-99 and take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Raptors.