Monday, February 25, 2013

Wizards Take Down Raptors For Third Straight Win

Six days ago, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Wizards in D.C. by a score of 96-88 behind 24 points from the recently acquired Rudy Gay. Since then, Washington has defeated Denver and Houston respectively, concluding their post all-star break home-stand with a 2-1 record. Before returning home to square off with the Pistons on Wednesday, the Wizards traveled North of the border to take on the red hot Raptors, who had won six of their last seven games, at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

Washington led 17-16 at the end of the 1st quarter, and went into halftime with a 40-32 advantage behind 9 first half points from Bradley Beal.

Toronto stormed back to tie the game at 49 with 4:16 left in the 3rd quarter, but Washington went into the 4th with a 63-54 lead. DeMar DeRozan sank 1 of 2 free throws to cut the Wizards lead to 83-78 with 1:04 remaining. After a Washington timeout, John Wall put the icing on the cake for the Wizards, converting a layup with 45.7 seconds to make it 85-78.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan goes up for a layup against Wizards forward Nene (Photo by Frank Gunn/Associated Press)
Beal finished with 20 points, leading the Wizards to a 90-84 victory. Martell Webster and A.J. Price contributed 12 points a piece.

Toronto was led by DeMar DeRozan with 25 points, and Kyle Lowry, who added 18 in defeat. Rudy Gay finished with a meager 7 points, shooting an abysmal 1-11 from the field.