Monday, April 1, 2013

Jurassic Victory: Wizards Upend Raptors

The Washington Wizards had split the first two meetings with the Toronto Raptors this season, losing on February 19th at the Verizon Center, by a score of 96-88. Less than a week later, the two clubs met up at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. This time, Washington was victorious, winning 90-84, behind 20 points from Bradley Beal. Tonight, the Raptors made their final trip to the Verizon Center for their second to last meeting of the season with the Wizards.

Wizards guard John Wall has fun during player introductions
The opening tip
G-Wiz, the Wizards mascot
Raptors forward Rudy Gay takes issue with referee James Williams
Gay drives baseline
Raptors forward Amir Johnson goes up for the shot against Wizards forward Jan Vesely
Rudy Gay is defended by Wizards forward Trevor Ariza
Amir Johnson pulls down the rebound
Raptors guard Landry Fields
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry drives on Wizards guard Martell Webster
Raptors guard Landry Fields and center Jonas Valanciunas box out Wizards center Jason Collins
Kyle Lowry dribbles around a screen set by Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas goes up for a hook shot over John Wall
Valanciunas gets fouled by Jason Collins
John Wall drives on Kyle Lowry
Jan Vesely takes a layup
Washington's lineup was bolstered by the return of Bradley Beal, who had missed several games with a sprained left ankle. Although the rookie guard didn't start, his contributions were one of the main reasons the Wizards pulled out a 109-92 Easter Sunday victory before an estimated 14,360 fans at the Verizon Center.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal drives around a screen set by center Emeka Okafor
Beal surveys the floor after dribbling around the screen
John Wall looks for a hole in the Toronto defense
Beal dribbles around Raptors forward Alan Anderson
Martell Webster tries catch John Wall's lob, and gets fouled by Kyle Lowry
Wall tries to set up a play late in the game, while keeping an eye on the clock
Beal finished with 24 points in just over 30 minutes off the bench. Emeka Okafor added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while John Wall chipped in 18 points and 10 assists.
Beal drives baseline around Alan Anderson
 Toronto was led by Jonas Valanciunas with 18 points and 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each added 15 points in the loss.

The Wizards will have their final meeting with the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday night, after hosting the Bulls at the Verizon Center on Tuesday.