The Wizards destroy the Raptors 125-94 to pick up their first sweep ever in a seven game series in franchise history. Where do we start? How about the starters who all scored in double figures and combined for 82 points.
Bradley Beal led the way in scoring with 23 points while Marcin Gortat contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds. Can’t forget about the Wallstar who scored 14 points (on just 3-5 shooting) and dished out 10 assists. Or how about the franchise record setting 15 three pointers???? Let’s get into the game.
This one was over pretty much straight from the get go. Paul Pierce blocked DeMar DeRozan on the Raptors first possession of the game to set the tone. Things got chippy minutes later as Kyle Lowry and Nene got tangled up near the Raptors bench. No technical fouls were called.
The key for the Wizards in the first quarter was transition baskets. John Wall was looking to push the ball as often as possible. The Wizards had eight fast break points in the first quarter (27 for the game).
Kyle Lowry picked up his third personal foul at the 5:06 mark of the first quarter. Lowry was clearly displeased with the call and picked up a technical as well to go along with it.
The Wizards would shoot 71% from the field in the first quarter to take a 36-22 lead and never looked back.
The Raptors showed some life in the second quarter knocking down two three pointers to start the period. That was short lived as Drew Gooden and Otto Porter knocked down back-to-back threes of their own in as many possessions. John Wall got into a bit of foul trouble of his own picking up his third at the 4:15 mark and was forced to the bench. It didn’t matter. Shots from Beal, Gortat, and Sessions to close out the second quarter ballooned the Wizards lead to 17 at halftime.
The third quarter was all Washington’s as they outscored the Raptors 36-20. Everything from long range was falling for the Wizards. Ramon Sessions knocked down two threes late in the quarter to stretch the lead to 30 as the Wizards eclipsed the 100 point mark in three quarters for the first time since 2013.
In typical blowout fashion, all reserves got some playing time and hell, Martell Webster threw down a dunk. No theatrics from Pierce or Porter were needed in this one. It was that kind of franchise record setting night for the Wizards who sweep the Raptors. The fans even got free Chik-fil-a on two missed free throws late from Janas Valunciounas.
The Wizards now await the winner of the Atlanta vs. Brooklyn series.