Raptors at Wizards Game 6 Final Score: Washington falls apart in the fourth quarter again as Raptors win 102-92, closing out the series

Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16 as the Raptors beat the Wizards 102-92 and close out the series in Washington. Bradley Beal (32 points) and John Wall (23 points) combined to score 55 of Washington’s 92 points but like other games in this series, a third scorer never emerged to help carry the load.

The Wizards jumped on the Raptors 20-9 to start this game and it looked very well like we’d be heading back to Toronto for a Game 7.

Washington started the game 7-9 from the field and 3-3 from distance as they were clearly boosted by the home cooking. Toronto’s bench, which has been a strength for them all season long, came in at the beginning of the second quarter and was able to trim Washington’s lead to one, 34-33 at the blink of an eye.

The Wizards could have built this lead out to double-digits but there was a huge momentum swing in the Raptors favor to end the quarter. John Wall found a cutting Marcin Gortat who was swatted at the rim and in turn, ending in a three-pointer for the Raptors on the other end. Next time down, Bradley Beal threw an alley-oop pass to Wall that was just out of his reach resulting in another turnover. Again, the Raptors hit a three the next time down.

Rather than being up double-digits, Washington led by just three, 53-50 at halftime.

Bradley Beal carried the Wizards in the third quarter where he scored 12 of his 32 points. Beal was attacking the hole, getting to the line, and knocking down timely three-pointers for the Wizards.

After losing the lead, Washington looked to regain the momentum as Tomas Satoransky tipped in a Beal miss with time expiring as the Wizards led 78-73 entering the fourth quarter.

But then, everything fell apart. The Wizards looked tired and uninterested (more on that in a bit) in the fourth quarter and as a result, got blown out 29-14 in the final period.

Washington losses 102-92 and it’s finally time to stick a fork in this disappointing and frustrating season.

Washington falls apart again in the fourth quarter

The Wizards held a 78-73 lead entering the fourth quarter and had the momentum – but that’s when things started to fall apart. The Raptors, starting the period with all five reserves and outscored the Wizards playing four of their starters 10-2 to start the period.

Washington’s offense came to a screeching halt in the fourth quarter. The Wizards showed no energy to start the period and looked just as gassed as they did in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Washington built out the lead in the first half by getting out in transition but that all disappeared in the fourth quarter. On top of that, John Wall stopped driving to the hole and the Wizards reverted back to their bad habits in turning the ball over on lazy passes.

Toronto didn’t reinsert their starters until there were just over five minutes to play and even then, the reserves had already brought the team back. Kyle Lowry was excellent tonight and iced this game on two drives to the hole and finishing over Gortat to put the Raptors up 92-85 to bury the Wizards.

Washington, who held a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter, was outscored 29-14 in the final period.

They are who we thought they were

For a team who has blown countless fourth-quarter leads this season, we were crazy to think that bad habit amongst others would change once the playoffs started. Reminiscent of too many games in the past, the Wizards reverted to hero-ball, the opposite of everyone eats, for the entire fourth quarter and to no surprise, the predictable offense didn’t fool anyone.

From an outsider’s perspective, if I had told you in the fourth quarter that this was an elimination game, you wouldn’t have believed me. Washington committed 14 turnovers tonight, which isn’t terrible, but many of them came in the fourth quarter. What’s worse is, too many were of the live-ball variety leading to easy layups or wide-open shots in transition for the Raptors.

Lastly, a third scorer never emerged for the Wizards and they had no legs to close the game. Dennis Smith infamously said: “We are who they thought we were” and shame on us for thinking otherwise about this Wizards’ team.

A very important offseason looms

Here we are. The Wizards, a tax team for the first time in recent memory underachieved with just a 43-39 regular season record and got bounced in the first round by the one-seed, Toronto Raptors. Yes, injuries played a huge part in this season but there were so many other factors that played into this disappointment of a season. Poor roster construction, questionable coaching moves, locker room tension; you name it.

Will Ernie Grunfeld be around for much longer? Have we seen the last game of the Wall, Beal, and Porter trio? There are a lot of questions for a franchise that suddenly finds itself at a crossroads. And if the Wizards to plan on taking that next step, change must come.


Wizards at Raptors Game 5 final score: Washington falls apart late in 108-98 loss to Toronto

The Wizards had no answer for DeMar DeRozan who scored a game-high 32 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards 108-98 taking a 3-2 series lead. Kyle Lowry scored 17 points but Delon Wright exploded for 18 off the bench for a Toronto team who can now close this series out on Friday night.

John Wall tried to will the Wizards to victory with 26 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds, but he ran out of gas late and none of the other Washington players were able to pick up the slack.

Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Kelly Oubre had a nice game with 14 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards now find themselves on the brink of elimination.

Washington falls apart in the fourth quarter

Washington played outstanding tonight – through three quarters. The Wizards took every punch from the Raptors but the one Toronto landed in the fourth quarter was just too much for Washington to overcome.

The Wizards led by five, 87-82 on a Kelly Oubre dunk just minutes into the fourth quarter and it looked like they might go on a run.

But that’s when everything started to fall apart as Toronto outscored the Wizards 26-11 to close out the game after that play. Regular season bad habits like turnovers, being loose with the ball, and taking very tough shots reared their ugly heads late in the game as Washington started the quarter just 6-17 from the field and scored just 20 points in the period.

Tip your cap to the Raptors’ bench, mainly, Delon Wright who came alive in the fourth quarter. With Toronto up one and the shot clock winding down, Wright hit a three from the right wing to put Toronto up 97-93 and the scoring onslaught ensued. The Wizards looked gassed down the stretch and showed no life over the final six minutes of the game as the final score wasn’t indicative of how close this game was.

Washington needs a complete 48-minute effort on Friday if they’re going to keep their season alive. Because like we saw in Game 1 and again tonight, playing the Raptors tough for 3.5 quarters isn’t enough to come away with the win.

A third scorer never emerges

John Wall continued to stuff the stat sheet with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Bradley Beal chipped in with 20 (just 3 in the fourth quarter) but the team didn’t get a whole lot of offense from anyone else aside from Kelly Oubre (14 points).

The Wizards looked like they were trying to get Otto Porter going early on as he scored four points on 2-3 shooting in the opening minutes of the game. But Porter never really got going after that opening stretch as he ended the night with just nine points on 4-9 shooting.

Bradley Beal struggled once again in the fourth quarter as he only scored three points – on a three-pointer in garbage time. With Beal missing shots and Wall looking gassed in the fourth quarter, no one else emerged to get baskets for the Wizards.

That was the difference tonight as the backcourts essentially canceled each other out but Toronto had a third guy (Wright) explode for 18 points whereas Washington did not.

Washington couldn’t buy a basket in the second quarter

Ty Lawson drove into the teeth of the defense finding Kelly Oubre on the left wing for a three-pointer at the 9:02 mark giving Washington a 33-31 lead. After that bucket, the Wizards would go ice cold from the field.

Washington’s next made field goal came on a runner at the 3:56 mark to end what was a five minute and six second drought without a made basket. Fortunately for the Wizards, they were playing stout defense and were and were getting to the line where they knocked down 8-11 attempts in the first half.

Washington shot just 7-21 (33 percent) in the period and all things considered, it could have been a whole lot worse as the Wizards were down just one, 48-47 at halftime.

If I told you before the game that the Wizards would shoot 37.5 percent from the field in the first half yet would trail by just one, 48-47 at halftime; we’d all take it.

Game Notes

  • Marcin Gortat turned in another nice game with 10 points and 12 rebounds
  • The rotations and late game play calls remain a head-scratcher for this Washington team
  • The Wizards shot just 5-26 from three-point range
  • When a series is tied at two games apiece, the winner of Game 5 goes on to win the series 83 percent of the time

Raptors at Wizards Game 4: Washington turns in a gritty performance for a 106-98 victory over Toronto

Bradley Beal fouled out with just under four minutes to play with the game tied at 92 sucking all the life out of Capital One Arena. Even though the game was tied, the Wizards looked defeated. But the Wizards, the up-and-down Wizards, they don’t know what to expect next Wizards persevered and closed the game on a 14-4 run and beat the Raptors 106-98 evening the series at two games apiece.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points and John Wall added 27 as the Washington backcourt one-ups the Toronto backcourt of Lowry and DeRozan outscoring them 58-54 tonight. Otto Porter was quiet in the first half but scored 11 in the second half for the Wizards who have now won eight straight home playoff games dating back to last season.

Things looked bleak for the home squad early on. With the refs calling the game tight, the Raptors, well mainly DeMar DeRozan were in ultra-attack mode. DeRozan went right at the Wizards and as a result, got 12 free throw attempts (made 9) in just the first quarter alone. The Wizards, on the other hand, couldn’t buy a bucket. Washington shot just 36 percent from the field in the first quarter and trailed 30-22 after one period.

That stagnant offense carried over to the second quarter where John Wall and Bradley Beal took turns going one-on-one against the Toronto defense. To no one’s surprise, that didn’t work either and the Wizards managed to shoot even worse (34 percent) in the second quarter trailing 51-40 at halftime.

Washington’s offense finally got going in the third quarter, once they were able to run. The Wizards got out in transition and Porter was the beneficiary knocking down two three-pointers in as many possessions to cut into the Raptors lead. Marcin Gortat, who scored 12 points tonight had two buckets from close is as Washington used a 13-2 run to tie the game at 58 in the third period.

Washington opened the period 13-20 from the field and matched their first-half point production with 40 in the third quarter, as we’d be all tied up at 80 after three.

All that excitement looked like it would be short-lived as the Raptors opened the period on an 8-0 run taking an 88-80 lead. But Bradley Beal would come alive knocking down a three in transition and two free throws to tie the game again at 90.

That’s when all hell broke loose. With just four minutes to play, DeMar DeRozan stumbled over Beal’s foot in what was a very questionable foul call, fouling Beal out of the game. With the game tied at 92, the Wizards would have to play the last three minutes and change without their best scorer.

But that’s when the Wizards locked in defensively. Washington was able to limit Lowry and DeRozan down the stretch who’d been killing them all night. DeRozan missed four of his last five shots to end the game and the Wizards knocked down their free throws to ice it.

We’ve got a brand new series as we’re all tied up at two games apiece now.

Wall and Beal outduel DeRozan and Lowry for a second straight game

John Wall and Bradley Beal got the best of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry as the duo combined for 58 points. Wall scored 27 of those to go along with 14 assists and six rebounds in the Wizards victory.

Bradley Beal continued his hot shooting out of the gate with nine points on 4-6 shooting in the first quarter. Wall and Beal were the only Wizards players who could do anything on the offensive end in the first half scoring 23 of the Wizards’ 40 points.

Beal got going yet again in the third quarter with five quick points to get the Wizards back within striking distance. John Wall’s jumper was falling too as he was knocking down his pull-up and elbow jumper with consistency. Wall was able to get to the line tonight but knocked down just 7 of his 10 attempts. But as Wall does best, he was getting others involved, dishing out most of his 14 assists after halftime.

DeMar DeRozan was unstoppable tonight scoring a game-high 35 points this evening. The Wizards had no answer for DeRozan early on as he got in the paint, knocked down long twos, and was able to get to the line evidenced by his 18 free throw attempts. The Wizards had no answer for the All-Star through three quarters but were able to put the clamps on him in the fourth quarter.

To no one’s surprise, another ‘House of Guards’ game results in another Washington victory.

Good Oubre Bad Oubre was on full display tonight

Kelly Oubre’s rollercoaster of a season continued tonight as the third-year player could not knock down a jump shot. However, that didn’t prevent him from attacking the hole and getting to the line. Once Oubre realized his shot wasn’t falling, he’d stick his head down and attack the hole – sometimes resulting in a layup, sometimes resulting in a foul, and other times, resulting in a turnover. Oubre’s 10 points off the bench were highest amongst Washington reserves tonight and the Wizards needed every one of them.

Oubre came up big for the Wizards on the defensive end with the role of stopping DeRozan in the second half. He did about as good as a job as one could in stopping the All-NBA scorer. With Beal fouled out, Oubre did a terrific job snagging loose balls and coming up with two steals in the final four minutes.

The Wizards need this type of effort from Oubre if they are going to win this series.

Tip Ins

  • Marcin Gortat had another very nice game with 12 points (6-8 shooting) to go along with 6 rebounds

  • Otto Porter, who scored just one point in the first half ended the game with 12 including many timely buckets as the Wizards were mounting their comeback
  • The Wizards had another nice game defensively coming up with 10 steals and 8 blocks for the evening

Wizards at Raptors Game 1: Toronto’s depth is too much for Washington to handle in 114-106 victory

John Wall scored 23 points to go along with 15 assists but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards drop Game 1 of the postseason to the Toronto Raptors, 114-106. Markieff Morris scored 22 to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists and Mike Scott added 14 off the bench but the Toronto Raptors win Game 1 of a series for the first time in 10 tries.

Toronto ran out to an early 22-13 run but the Wizards were able to withstand the first punch of the game from the Raptors. Washington found their groove in the second quarter behind the ultra-aggressive play from John Wall who scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists before halftime. With both Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi in foul trouble, Mike Scott saw some extended time and took advantage. Washington used an 11-0 run late in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime, 59-55.

The game seesawed back-and-forth for the third quarter and the Raptors held the slimmest of leads, 86-85 entering the fourth quarter. The tide turned for Washington two minutes into the fourth quarter when Mike Scott committed a flagrant foul on Kyle Lowry. Lowry knocked down both free-throws and Toronto also scored on the possesion regaining the lead, 92-91. The Raptors then used an 11-0 run since that flagrant foul to pull away in this one.

Washington played Toronto tough for 3.5 quarters but it’s clear, that won’t be enough to beat this team.

A difference in bench units

Toronto’s bench was one of their biggest strengths coming into the series. The question for Washington was, would their bench be able to keep pace with them? Outside of Mike Scott who scored 14 points, that would be a resounding no as the rest of the Washington reserves combined for just seven.

Delon Wright, playing more minutes than usual due to Fred Vanvleet’s injury scored 17 points for a bench unit that combined for 42 points tonight. In the first half, it was OG Anunoby stepping up for the Raptors as he knocked down two three-pointers early on. Washington lost CJ Miles in transition one too many times and he made them pay, knocking down 4-7 three-point attempts for 12 points off the Raptors’ bench.

Toronto went 11-deep tonight so Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were able to stay fresh as they logged 37 and 35 minutes respectively. On the flip side, the Wall and Beal logged 39 and 41 minutes respectively and didn’t look as spry down the stretch. Having the confidence to play up to 11 players in the playoffs is a wonderful advantage that most teams don’t have. Toronto was able to play guys like Delon Wright, Pascal Siakam and Lucas Nogueira (played all nine of his minutes in the fourth quarter) down the stretch in the fourth quarter and help build out the Toronto lead against the Washington starters.

It’s pretty clear that the Wizards will need better games from Kelly Oubre and Tomas Satoransky if this series is going to be competitive.

An ultra intense Wall nearly carries the Wizards to victory

Many wondered if Wall would be able to play heavy minutes while also be effective after only playing four games in his final tune-up prior to the postseason. It’s very clear, Wall is A-OK.

Wall was super aggressive tonight looking to push the ball in transition and didn’t really settle for any long twos tonight. Toronto dared Wall to take three-pointers early on and he won that battle knocking down 2-3 from range in the first quarter.

With the pace of the game slowing down and favoring the Raptors, Wall looked to push the ball and get out in transition. Those resulted in some baskets from close in and wide open shots in transition for the Wizards. It also opened up the floor for the Wall and Gortat pick-and-roll to flourish as he was able to spoon feed the big man for shots around the rim.

Wall wasn’t super effective tonight as he shot just 6-21 from the field but he wasn’t settling. He was super aggressive in attacking the hole but unfortunately for the point guard, he couldn’t convert from close in nor was he getting calls.

Tip Ins:

  • Otto Porter clearly didn’t look 100 percent and was the only Wizards starter who didn’t score in double figures
  • The Wizards went small for a majority of the game and it looks like they’ll have to continue to do that if they want to stay competitive in the series

It didn’t end in victory, but John Wall was the main reason the Wizards were able to stay competitive in this one.

Up Next: Game 2 of the series is Tuesday night in Toronto.

Wizards vs. Raptors final score: Toronto drops the Washington, 106-89

The Wizards wasted a 14 assist game from John Wall and fell to the Raptors, 106-89. With the win, the Raptors completed a regular season sweep of the Wizards and are now riding a nine-game win streak.

John Wall led the way for the Wizards in a somewhat quiet 18 point, 14-assist night. Otto Porter had a solid night with 15 points and eight rebounds. Outside of those two, there wasn’t much to celebrate from this Wizards team.

This was a game of runs early as the Raptors stretched the lead out to 14 early in the second quarter. The Wizards bounced back and cut the lead to seven highlighted by Wall running the one man fast break going end to end to get easy layups at the rim.

Back-to-back threes from Temple and Porter cut the Raptors lead down to three as the Wizards trailed, 53-50 at halftime.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry got hot in the third quarter but the Wizards had no answer on defense. The two combined for 46 points tonight going 6-12 from three-point range.

In maybe the oddest substitution so far this season, Wittman brought in Drew Gooden for Nene midway through the third quarter opting to keep Dudley on the bench. However, the Wizards were able to stay within striking distance as they were down just seven, 77-70 entering the fourth quarter.

That’s when things fell apart. The Wizards went cold from the field, tired legs from a back-to-back, and the wheels started getting wobbly on the wagon.

DeMar DeRozan sliced into the lane and got fouled to stretch the Raptors lead out to 16. The Wizards had no more runs left and waived the white flag at the three-minute mark. Raptors win 106-89.

Fourth quarter collapse: In a game that felt like the Wizards should be down 20, they found themselves within striking distance down by just 7, 77-70 entering the fourth quarter. Shots stopped falling for the Wizards as they didn’t knock down their first field goal of the quarter until Dudley hit a corner three at the 6:45 mark. Tired legs from a back-to-back, frustration from a struggling team, head scratching lineups, you name it. The Wizards hit just five field goals in the quarter (two coming in garbage time) as the Raptors blew the doors off early in the fourth quarter.

Playing Gortat and Nene at the same time has to stop: For the third straight game, Randy Wittman opted to start Nene at the power forward position and bring Dudley off the bench. Nene and Gortat were on the floor at the same time for 12 minutes (6 minutes in first quarter, 6 minutes in third quarter) and all it really did was clog things up and slow down the pace of the game. There is no spacing when both players are on the floor at the same time and the ball sticks whenever the ball is dumped into Nene in the post. When Dudley came in (and even Gooden), the spacing improved immediately. It’s clear; the Nene-Gortat experiment has run its course and isn’t going to help this team win.

Otto Porter Doesn’t Skip a Beat: In Porter’s second game back since returning from injury, Porter notched 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Porter went 5-6 from the field (7-11 overall) in the first half with his only miss coming on a herky-jerky layup which is usually his patented finish around the rim. Porter was no slouch on defense as he spent a majority of the night guarding a combination of DeMar DeRozan, James Jones, Patrick Patterson, and Terrance Ross. Games like tonight remind Wizards fans how much of a key piece Porter is to this team even when things aren’t going well.

Recap: Wizards at Raptors Game 2

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…

Recap: Wizards at Raptors Game 1

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.