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DeMar DeRozan and Louis Williams scored 20 points apiece. Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson added 15 points apiece and 14 combined rebounds. Kyle Lowry finished with 6 points and 4 assists as he dealt with foul trouble once again.
John Wall scored 26 points with 17 assists, and Bradley Beal added 28 points and 5 rebounds. Marcin Gortat with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Otto Porter off the bench with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The Wizards are now up 2-0 in the series as they head home for two!
Washington Wizards defeat Toronto Raptors 117-106!!!
END OF 4TH QUARTER
The clock wound down to finish the game
4th Quarter (0:30) John Wall is fouled. Misses both free throws, but Otto Porter slaps the ball out for the rebound.
4th Quarter (0:30) DeMar DeRozan makes another lightly contested layup as Washington doesn't want to foul.
Wizards 117 Raptors 104
4th Quarter (0:35) Bradley Beal is fouled. Makes both free throws.
4th Quarter (0:40) DeMar DeRozan makes the baseline layup.
John Wall's three was a DAGGER to Toronto's heart!!!
Wizards 115 Raptors 102
4th Quarter (0:44) John Wall is fouled. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
4th Quarter (1:04) Louis Williams makes the quick bucket.
4th Quarter (1:09) John Wall drains the HUGE three-pointer!!!
4th Quarter (1:40) Marcin Gortat is fouled on the break. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
4th Quarter (1:47) DeMar DeRozan makes the layup on the drive.
4th Quarter (1:58) Paul Pierce draws the foul. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
4th Quarter (2:19) Patrick Patterson blows by Marcin Gortat for the slam.
4th Quarter (2:59) Marcin Gortat makes the bonus free throw.
That is John Wall's 17th assists of the night!!! That is a Wizards franchise playoff record!!!
Wizards 108 Raptors 96
4th Quarter (2:59) Marcin Gortat makes the layup plus the foul on a nice lob pass by John Wall!!!
4th Quarter (3:24) Greivis Vasquez hits a huge three-pointer for the Raptors
4th Quarter (4:43) Louis Williams races down and makes a quick bucket. He's heating up.
4th Quarter (4:55) Otto Porter gets the offensive rebound and lays it in.
4th Quarter (5:38) Louis Williams makes the tough runner over John Wall.
Kyle Lowry coming out of the game with some kind of leg injury. Looks like the knee.
4th Quarter (6:13) Bradley Beal comes out of the timeout and knocks down the jumper. A huge shot for Washington.
Washington has turned the ball over five times in the quarter which has helped Toronto get back in the game.
Raptors on 10-0 run in the last couple minutes! This game isn't over!
Wizards 102 Raptors 89
4th Quarter (6:35) Another Wizards turnover leads to a Patrick Patterson three-pointer!
4th Quarter (7:04) After several Wizards blocks, the Raptors were able to get the rebounds and Louis Williams gets the layup.
4th Quarter (7:32) Bradley Beal and Kyle Lowry get tangled up and are called for double technical fouls.
4th Quarter (7:52) Louis Williams draws contact and gets the foul. Makes both free throws.
4th Quarter (8:14) Patrick Patterson nails a corner three-pointer.
Washington is shooting 55.9 percent from the field and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from behind the arc.
Wizards 102 Raptors 79
4th Quarter (8:54) Otto Porter gets the offensive putback.
4th Quarter (9:35) Louis Williams makes a strong drive and finishes the layup.
4th Quarter (11:18) Otto Porter drains another three-pointer.
4th Quarter (11:38) Kyle Lowry hits the jumper to start the quarter.
Wizards 97 Raptors 75
END OF 3RD QUARTER
3rd Quarter (0:28) This time it's Otto Porter who hits the corner three-pointer!!! The Wizards are on fire!!!
3rd Quarter (0:40) Louis Williams is fouled and heads back to the line. Makes both free throws.
3rd Quarter (0:46) Drew Gooden makes the three-pointer set up by John Wall!!!
3rd Quarter (0:55) Louis Williams draws the foul. Makes both free throws.
3rd Quarter (1:01) John Wall is on FIRE!!! Drains the three-pointer!!!
3rd Quarter (1:16) DeMar DeRozan gets fouled. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
3rd Quarter (1:28) John Wall finds Ramon Sessions in the corner for the three-pointer.
3rd Quarter (1:45) DeMar DeRozan makes the close range shot.
3rd Quarter (2:08) John Wall makes the bonus free throw on the and-one.
3rd Quarter (2:08) Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey is called for the technical foul. John Wall hits the free throw.
3rd Quarter (2:08) John Wall with HUGE BLOCK!!! Then he drives to the basket and makes the layup plus the foul!!!
3rd Quarter (2:44) Amir Johnson makes the bucket plus the foul. Makes the bonus free throw.
3rd Quarter (2:55) Kevin Seraphin makes 1 of 2 from the free throw line.
Wizards are on a 17-4 run in the last five plus minutes!
Wizards 80 Raptors 65
3rd Quarter (2:55) John Wall gets the steal and Kevin Seraphin is fouled at mid court. The Raptors are over the limit.
3rd Quarter (3:43) John Wall sets up Kevin Seraphin for the open mid range jumper.
3rd Quarter (3:59) Kyle Lowry is fouled and will head to the line. Misses both free throws. Toronto has struggled from the charity stripe tonight.
3rd Quarter (4:11) Kevin Seraphin gets fouled. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
3rd Quarter (4:30) Jonas Valanciunas makes another close range shot
3rd Quarter (4:48) Otto Porter makes the impressive difficult layup!
3rd Quarter (5:05) Amir Johnson grabs the offensive rebound and is fouled on the putback. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
3rd Quarter (5:26) Kevin Seraphin enters the game for the first time and makes the nice hook shot over his right shoulder.
3rd Quarter (6:09) Jonas Valanciunas draws the foul on Marcin Gortat, his fourth. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
Wizards on 10-run!!!
3rd Quarer (6:41) After an offensive foul on Jonas Valanciunas, Bradley Beal makes the jumper.
3rd Quarter (7:07) Nene gets the offensive rebound and the put back bucket.
3rd Quarter (7:41) Paul Pierce drains the three-pointer.
3rd Quarter (8:00) John Wall nails the jumper as the shot clock was expiring.
3rd Quarter (8:14) The Raptors called on defensive 3 seconds. John Wall makes the bonus free throw. Still Wizards ball
Raptors on a 12-3 run to start the third quarter
Wizards 63 Raptors 61
3rd Quarter (8:36) After another Pierce turnover, Terrence Ross drains a corner three-pointer!
3rd Quarter (9:11) Jonas Valanciunas gets the soft roll on the close range shot.
3rd Quarter (9:30) Bradley Beal quickly responds with a two point basket.
3rd Quarter (9:45) DeMar DeRozan makes another mid range jumper.
3rd Quarter (10:12) Wizards turnover and then Kyle Lowry makes the jumper.
3rd Quarter (10:45) Terrence Ross nails a three-pointer.
3rd Quarter (11:45) Paul Pierce gets fouled on the first possession on a nice pump fake. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
The second half is getting ready to start! 24 minutes to go in Game 2!
The Wizards outrebounded the Raptors 23-to-12, including 5-to-0 on the offensive glass. They also had a 12-to-4 advantage on the fast break.
Washington shot 52.3 percent from the field, while Toronto shot 47.4 percent from the field. Both teams made 11 free throws in the first half.
Raptors stat leaders at halfime: Jonas Valanciunas 10 points and 6 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan 9 points. Patrick Patterson 7 points on 3/3 shooting off the bench. Greivis Vasquez 4 points and 3 assists.
Wizards stat leaders at halftime: Bradley Beal 20 points on 9/14 shooting. John Wall had 12 points and 10 assists. Marcin Gortat added 12 points on 6/6 shooting with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Wizards 60 Raptors 49
END OF 2ND QUARTER
2nd Quarter (0:41) Bradley Beal is on FIRE!!! Knocks down a mid range jumper!!!
2nd Quarter (0:56) James Johnson is fouled once again. Misses both free throws.
2nd Quarter (1:09) Bradley Beal has remained agressive and finishes at the rim again.
2nd Quarter (1:21) Greivis Vasquez converts the close range shot.
2nd Quarter (1:55) James Johnson is found in the paint and makes the layup
2nd Quarter (2:14) John Wall finds Nene for the layup on the pick and roll.
2nd Quarter (2:39) Paul Pierce makes both free throws
Wizards are on an 11-2 run with Paul Pierce at the free throw!
Wizards 52 Raptors 45
2nd Quarter (2:39) Otto Porter gets the steal and Paul Pierce is fouled on the fast break.
2nd Quarter (3:00) John Wall sets up Marcin Gortat with the layup on the pick and roll, again.
2nd Quarter (3:17) James Johnson is fouled. Misses both free throws.
2nd Quarter (3:39) John Wall gets the steal and makes the uncontested dunk!!!
2nd Quarter (4:00) John Wall makes the layup.
2nd Quarter (4:18) Bradley Beal with the three-pointer to give the Wizards their first lead!!!
2nd Quarter (4:33) Jonas Valanciunas is bailed out on a terrible shot with a questionable foul on Gortat. Makes both free throws.
2nd Quarter (4:54) Bradley Beal makes a layup to respond
2nd Quarter (5:11) James Johnson makes the layup coming out of the timeout for Toronto
Wizards 41 Raptors 41
2nd Quarter (5:26) Bradley Beal grabs the defensive rebound and goes coast to coast for the layup.
2nd Quarter (5:50) Amir Johnson quickly responds with a close range shot
2nd Quarter (6:15) John Wall finds Nene for the slam!!! The game is tied at 39!!!
2nd Quarter (6:44) Paul Pierce drains the corner three-pointer.
2nd Quarter (7:05) Amir Johnson makes the layup off the inbounds play
2nd Quarter (7:18) Otto Porter is fouled after a nice interior pass by Nene. Makes 1 of 2 free throws
2nd Quarter (8:13) Otto Porter gets the offensive rebound after a Pierce miss. Porter lays it right back up.
2nd Quarter (8:34) Louis Williams makes both free throws.
Raptors 35 Wizards 31
2nd Quarter (8:34) Louis Williams will head to the line again after the foul.
2nd Quarter (8:45) Bradley Beal makes a strong move to the rim and converts the layup.
2nd Quarter (9:19) Otto Porter makes a nice cut to the basket and is fouled by Kyle Lowry, his 3rd of the game. Porter misses both free throws.
2nd Quarter (9:50) Beal falls down and turns it over, Patrick Patterson gets the runaway dunk.
2nd Quarter (10:07) Louis Williams is fouled going to the basket. Makes both free throws
2nd Quarter (10:30) Bradley Beal knocks down a three-pointer in transition for the first basket of the quarter.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 9 points on 4/6 shooting. Marcin Gortat had 10 points on 5/5 shooting. Jonas Valanciunas added 8 points and 4 rebounds. John Wall had 8 points and 5 assists.
Toronto shot 52.2 percent from the field, while Washington shot 40.9 percent.
Raptors 31 Wizards 26
END OF 1ST QUARTER
1st Quarter (0:02) John Wall is fouled on his attack to the basket. Makes both free throws.
1st Quarter (0:09) Patrick Patterson makes a nice move and hits the 4-footer over Gooden
1st Quarter (0:28) Drew Gooden is fouled on the rebound attempt. Makes both free throws
1st Quarter (1:12) Amir Johnson converts the right hook shot over Gortat
1st Quarter (1:30) Ramon Sessions is fouled at the rim. Makes both free throws
1st Quarter (1:36) Greivis Vasquez gets the steal and is fouled. Makes both free throws
1st Quarter (2:02) John Wall finds Marcin Gortat again on the pick and roll for the layup
1st Quarter (2:13) Amir Johnson gets fouled at the basket. Misses both free throws
1st Quarter (2:28) After a miss by Drew Gooden, Marcin Gortat tips it in for the bucket
1st Quarter (2:49) Patrick Patterson hits a three-pointer coming out of the timeout
After a rocky start to the game the Wizards offense has started to heat up. However, the Raptors continue to answer with shots of their own especially DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas
Raptors 22 Wizards 16
1st Quarter (3:07) Bradley Beal makes the tough contested layup after a nice transition pass by John Wall.
1st Quarter (4:02) Both teams turn the ball over, but Jonas Valanciunas gets the layup on the nice lob pass.
1st Quarter (5:11) John Wall makes his second mid range jumper.
1st Quarter (5:39) After a Gortat block, Kyle Lowry converts the second change opportunity with a layup high off the glass.
1st Quarter (6:05) Marcin Gortat converts the pick and roll again, this time it's a bank shot.
1st Quarter (6:15) Jonas Valanciunas gets another close range basket
1st Quarter (6:33) John Wall attacks the basket and draws the foul. Makes both free throws
1st Quarter (7:01) Marcin Gortat converts the pick and roll with John Wall
1st Quarter (7:15) Jonas Valanciunas makes the mid range jumper set up by Kyle Lowry
1st Quarter (7:39) Bradley Beal gets down the floor and converts the layup.
1st Quarter (7:50) DeMar DeRozan responds with another mid range jumper. He's been automatic!
1st Quarter (8:06) John Wall comes out of the timeout with a smooth mid range jumper!
Raptors 12 Wizards 2
1st Quarter (8:23) Terrence Ross drains a three-pointer. The crowd is wild as the Raptors are dominating the Wizards at the start.
1st Quarter (9:30) DeMar DeRozan is on fire!!! Makes another jumper. He has seven of the Raptors nine points!
1st Quarter (9:47) Marcin Gortat makes the first Wizards basket and it's a close range jumper.
1st Quarter (10:07) DeMar DeRozan nails another mid range jumper and draws the foul. Makes the bonus free throw.
1st Quarter (10:29) Jonas Valanciunas is fouled on the pick and roll and will head to the line for two. Makes both free throws.
1st Quarter (11:23) DeMar DeRozan nails the first basket of the game!
Are you ready NBA fans? Game 2 between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors has begun!!!
15 minutes till tip-off!!!
We are about 30 minutes till tip-off between the Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round matchup!!!
Toronto Raptors starting lineup: PG: Kyle Lowry, SG: DeMar DeRozan, SF: Terrence Ross, PF: Tyler Hansbrough, C: Jonas Valanciunas
Washington Wizards starting lineup: PG: John Wall, SG: Bradley Beal, SF: Paul Pierce, PF: Nene, C: Marcin Gortat
Wizards head coach Randy Wittman heading into tonight’s game, “Game 2 is going to be harder than Game 1. If you’re just going to be happy with (winning Game 1), then we don’t have a chance. We’re going to have to play better than we did in Game 1. No question about it.”
It’s no secret the Raptors live and die by their perimeter play, but their big men need to have more of an impact, namely Jonas Valanciunas. Toronto’s center only played 24 minutes and scored six points while grabbing eight rebounds. His lack of time on the floor negated Washington’s center Marcin Gortat, but the Wizards still had a presence with the versatile Nene. They might need to go big with Valanciunas, especially if their perimeter shots don’t fall tonight.
Raptors guard Louis Williams was just named the Sixth Man of the Year and he will need to prove in Game 2 as he struggled mightily in the first game shooting 4-of-16 from the field for only 10 points. Williams scores in volume and is an intricate part of Toronto’s success.
Wizards head coach Randy Wittman decided to put Paul Pierce at the stretch-four position and it really turned out well. The Raptors big men had no answer for Pierce as he stretched the floor and still had the ability to attack the basket. It also deterred their ability to rebound the basketball which turned out to be a huge factor in Game 1.
The deciding advantage for Washington in Game 1 was their huge advantage on the boards as they outrebounded the Raptors 61-to-48, including 19-to-10 on the offensive glass. The Wizards big men were much more aggressive and physical that led to plenty of second-chance opportunities for Washington. It was much needed as the Wizards struggled shooting to the tone of 39.4 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the arc.
Kyle Lowry had this to say about his performance, “Fouling out in general, not being able to be myself and help my teammates made it more frustrating. But that’s Game 1, you learn from the mistakes and you get better.”
Nobody struggled more in Game 1 than All-Star starter Kyle Lowry who scored only seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, and compiled only four assists to go with three turnovers in only 33 minutes of play. To add insult to injury, Lowry dealt with foul trouble all game and fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
Despite the poor shooting by the Wizards backcourt they did stuff the stat sheet in other areas. Wall dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds, and turned the ball over only one time. Beal grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists. Both guys will need to step offensively in Game 2 if they want a chance to win, but head coach Randy Wittman has to be happy with their defense and their ability to make a positive impact in other areas.
Neither team shot the ball well in Game 1, especially their respective star backcourts. John Wall and Bradley Beal combined to shoot 11-of-41 from the field for 26 points. They also combined to shoot 1-of-9 from behind the arc. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan went 8-of-30 shooting from the field for 22 points, and neither made a three-pointer on five combined attempts.
This is the second consecutive year the Toronto Raptors relinquished home-court advantage in the first round. Last year it was against a Paul Pierce led Brooklyn Nets team who won in seven games.
Despite Washington’s struggles on the road this season, losing 15 of their last 19 away from Verizon Center during the regular season, they have won six of their last seven road playoff games. In their first round matchup against Chicago last year the Wizards won all three games on the road in the United Center.
Paul Pierce had this to say following the victory in Game 1, “You’ve got to embrace it. It’s not that I’m a bad guy. That’s just the role you portray to media on the court, on the road. Everybody is booing you, no one likes you. I embrace it. It fuels me, truthfully.”
Enemy number one in Toronto is Wizards forward Paul Pierce and the hatred heightened as he led the Wizards in Game 1 with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including four field goals from behind the arc. Pierce said the Raptors don’t have “it” and he backed up his comments Saturday, despite a shower of boos every time he touched the ball.
The Washington Wizards will try to take Game 2 from the Toronto Raptors tonight as they remain on the road looking to go up 2-0 in the series before they head home to D.C. for two games. Washington defeated Toronto 93-86 Saturday afternoon in overtime grabbing Game 1 on the road for the second consecutive year in the postseason.