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The Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 125-94!!! They completed the 4-game sweep and advance to the second round where they will face either the Atlanta Hawks or Brooklyn Nets.
Wizards 125 Raptors 94
END OF 4TH QUARTER
4th Quarter (0:05) James Johnson is fouled. Misses both free throws. And for Wizards fans that means a free chicken sandwhich! The crowd went wild!!!
4th Quarter (0:14) The Wizards ran out the shot clock on purpose.
4th Quarter (1:01) Greg Stiemsma makes the baseline layup
4th Quarter (1:54) Greg Stiemsma was fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws.
Wizards 125 Raptors 89
4th Quarter (1:58) Kris Humphries knocks down the 20-foot jumper set up by Will Bynum.
4th Quarter (2:33) Jonas Valanciunas gets the offensive rebound and the putback.
4th Quarter (3:27) Will Bynum gets the steal for Washington and finds Martell Webster for the dunk.
4th Quarter (3:56) Kevin Seraphin makes another shot in the paint.
4th Quarter (4:11) Greivis Vasquez makes the floater and draws the foul. Makes the bonus free throw.
Randy Wittman finally has all of his reserve players in the game.
4th Quarter (4:41) Jonas Valanciunas makes another two-point shot.
4th Quarter (5:00) Kevin Seraphin comes out of the timeout and makes the hook shot.
Wizards 117 Raptors 82
4th Quarter (5:41) Drew Gooden knocks down another three-pointer.
4th Quarter (6:04) Jonas Valanciunas lays it in once again.
Nene fouled out
4th Quarter (6:30) Jonas Valanciunas is fouled by Nene. Makes both free throws
4th Quarter (7:01) Ramon Sessions makes the floater after a Raptors turnover
4th Quarter (8:00) Jonas Valanciunas makes the two-point shot
4th Quarter (8:20) Drew Gooden makes the off balanced jumper coming out of the timeout
Wizards 110 Raptors 76
4th Quarter (8:54) Drew Gooden responds with a three-pointer of his own.
4th Quarter (9:20) Greivis Vasquez knocks down a three-pointer.
4th Quarter (10:05) Nene responds with a strong driving layup and draws the foul. Makes the bonus free throw.
Nene has five fouls as he picked up the previous two fouls.
4th Quarter (10:23) Kyle Lowry is fouled at the basket. Makes both free throws.
4th Quarter (10:54) Louis Williams is fouled as he drove the lane. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
4th Quarter (11:40) Bradley Beal is fouled to start the quarter. Makes both free throws.
Wizards 102 Raptors 70
END OF 3RD QUARTER
3rd Quarter (0:01) Bradley Beal is fouled on the three-pointer as the quarter was ending. Makes all three free throws.
3rd Quarter (1:13) John Wall sets up Marcin Gortat for the mid range jumper
3rd Quarter (1:38) Kyle Lowry responds with a three-pointer of his own.
3rd Quarter (1:51) AGAIN!!! Ramon Sessions hits a three-pointer. The Wizards are up 30 points!!!
3rd Quarter (2:19) Patrick Patterson is fouled. Makes both free throws.
The Wizards are 12-of-18 from behind the arc!!!
3rd Quarter (2:33) Ramon Sessions hits the corner three-pointer coming out of the timeout!!!
Wizards 91 Raptors 65
3rd Quarter (3:10) John Wall makes another nice pass to Marcin Gortat and again the big fella is fouled. Makes both free throws.
3rd Quarter (3:28) Marcin Gortat is fouled. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
3rd Quarter (4:03) DeMar DeRozan hits the mid range jumper
3rd Quarter (4:16) The Wizards are HOT from behind the arc!!! John Wall joined the party with a three of his own!!!
3rd Quarter (4:41) Amir Johnson responds with a two-point shot
3rd Quarter (5:00) PAUL PIERCE with ANOTHER three-pointer!!!
Wizards 82 Raptors 61
3rd Quarter (5:47) John Wall knocks down the mid range jumper
3rd Quarter (6:16) Nene gets his shot blocked but gets the offensive rebound and is fouled by Kyle Lowry on his way back up. That is Lowry's fourth foul of the game. Nene makes 1 of 2 free throws.
3rd Quarter (6:52) The Wizards turn the ball over and Kyle Lowry makes the short range shot.
3rd Quarter (7:39) DeMar DeRozan responds with a close range shot.
3rd Quarter (8:03) John Wall sets up Marcin Gortat for the layup.
3rd Quarter (8:34) Kyle Lowry gets the offensive rebound and Jonas Valanciunas capitalizes on the second chance opportunity.
3rd Quarter (9:29) Marcin Gortat grabs the offensive rebound and kicks it out to Bradley Beal for the three-pointer as the clock expired!
3rd Quarter (9:57) Kyle Lowry tempers the crowd with a three-pointer of his own.
3rd Quarter (10:17) THE TRUTH!!! with another three-pointer!!! His third of the game!!!
3rd Quarter (10:33) Marcin Gortat gets the offensive rebound and the putback layup.
3rd Quarter (11:14) Paul Pierce answers with a three-pointer!!!
3rd Quarter (11:37) Kyle Lowry makes the first bucket of the half.
Third quarter has begun!!!
The Wizards outrebounded the Raptors 23-to-20, had more fast break points 13-to-7, and scored more points in the paint 24-to-20.
Washington assisted on 16 of the 21 field goals made, while the Raptors only assisted on 7 of 21 field goals made.
The Raptors shot 42.6 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from three (4-of-15), and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (6-of-7).
The Wizards shot 53.8 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from three (6-of-11), and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (18-of-22).
Washington Wizards halftime stat leaders: Bradley Beal 15 points. Marcin Gortat 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. John Wall 9 points and 6 assists. Otto Porter and Ramon Sessions had 7 points apiece off the bench.
Toronto Raptors halftime stat leaders: Louis Williams 13 points off the bench. DeMar DeRozan 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Kyle Lowry 9 points and 6 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson 4 points apiece.
Wizards 66 Raptors 50
END OF 2ND QUARTER
2nd Quarter (0:00) Niether team was able to score to end the quarter.
Wizards 66 Raptors 50
2nd Quarter (0:30) Otto Porter makes a tough close range shot.
Bradley Beal was called for a technical foul. DeMar DeRozan makes the free throw.
2nd Quarter (0:47) Louis Williams draws the foul. Makes both free throws.
2nd Quarter (1:00) Marcin Gortat misses the free throw.
John Wall was pumped up on the bench as his teammates stepped up their game while he was in foul trouble.
Wizards 64 Raptors 47
2nd Quarter (1:00) Marcin Gortat grabs the offensive rebound, makes the short range shot and is fouled!!!
2nd Quarter (1:29) Ramon Sessions responds with a three-pointer of his own.
2nd Quarter (1:57) Louis Williams drains the corner three-pointer.
2nd Quarter (2:35) Ramon Sessions makes the layup
2nd Quarter (3:18) Otto Porter is set up for the uncontested layup.
2nd Quarter (3:39) DeMar DeRozan extends the Raptors run with a jumper
John Wall heads to the bench as he picked up his third foul.
2nd Quarter (4:02) Kyle Lowry gets the offensive rebound and makes the bucket plus the foul. Makes the bonus free throw
2nd Quarter (4:16) John Wall sets up Marcin Gortat on the pick and roll for the layup.
2nd Quarter (4:29) Kyle Lowry comes out of the timeout and makes the tough running shot.
Wizards 53 Raptors 37
2nd Quarter (5:20) DeMar DeRozan crosses up Nene and hits the tough mid range jumper.
2nd Quarter (6:03) Amir Johnson drives to the basket and scores.
2nd Quarter (6:15) Bradley Beal stays aggressive and draws the foul as he attacked the rim. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
2nd Quarter (6:59) Ramon Sessions makes both technical free throws. Still Wizards ball
The officials reviewed and upgraded the foul to a flagrant.
2nd Quarter (6:59) Ramon Sessions drives to the basket and gets hammered by Tyler Hansbrough.
2nd Quarter (7:26) Bradley Beal grabs the offensive rebound and gets the putback layup.
2nd Quarter (7:51) Patrick Patterson uses the pump fake and glides to the rim for the layup.
2nd Quarter (8:12) Bradley Beal makes the floater in the lane.
2nd Quarter (8:43) Otto Porter comes out of the timeout and knocks down the corner three-pointer.
Wizards 43 Raptors 31
2nd Quarter (8:59) Patrick Patterson is called for the offensive foul.
2nd Quarter (9:03) Drew Gooden quickly responds with a three-pointer.
2nd Quarter (9:13) Louis Williams gets fouled by Bradley Beal. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
2nd Quarter (9:47) Bradley Beal gets fouled. Makes both free throws.
2nd Quarter (10:07) Greivis Vasquez follows suite with another three-pointer.
2nd Quarter (10:41) Louis Williams is starting to heat up, makes a three-pointer.
2nd Quarter (10:53) Drew Gooden makes his first shot off the bench.
2nd Quarter (11:13) Louis Williams makes the first bucket of the quarter for Toronto
The Raptors only shot 38.5 percent from the field.
The Wizards shot 71.4 percent from the field (10-of-14), and went 13-of-15 from the free throw line.
John Wall had 9 points and 5 assists. Marcin Gortat added 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Wizards 36 Raptors 22
END OF 1ST QUARTER
1st Quarter (0:04) The Wizards were called for the shot clock violation.
1st Quarter (0:28) Greivis Vasquez makes the layup on the nice drive to the basket.
1st Quarter (0:35) Marcin Gortat gets the offensive rebound and gets the putback layup.
1st Quarter (1:32) Marcin Gortat is setup for the layup by a nice lob pass by John Wall.
1st Quarter (1:51) Louis Williams makes them pay with a jumper
1st Quarter (2:05) Marcin Gortat gets his first block but the Wizards couldn't keep it in bounds.
1st Quarter (2:29) John Wall gets the long rebound and is fouled on the fast break. Makes both free throws.
Wizards 30 Raptors 18
1st Quarter (2:58) Paul Pierce drains the corner three-pointer and the Verizon Center is going crazy!!!
1st Quarter (3:03) Jonas Valanciunas gets the offensive rebound and lays it up.
1st Quarter (3:15) John Wall sets up Marcin Gortat nicely for the pick and roll layup.
1st Quarter (3:29) DeMar DeRozan hits another jumper
1st Quarter (3:45) Bradley Beal responds with his second three-pointer of the game.
1st Quarter (4:01) Patrick Patterson makes his first mid range jumper of the game.
1st Quarter (4:13) Marcin Gortat is fouled in the paint. Makes both free throws.
1st Quarter (4:50) DeMar DeRozan knocks down the mid range jumper.
Kyle Lowry headed to the bench after picking up his third personal foul.
1st Quarter (5:06) Bradley Beal is fouled by Kyle Lowry. Makes both free throws.
1st Quarter (5:24) Kyle Lowry makes the tough baseline layup
1st Quarter (5:41) Another Toronto turnover leads to a mid range jumper by Nene.
1st Quarter (6:11) Paul Pierce gets the steal and makes the layup on the fast break thanks to a goaltending call on DeRozan
1st Quarter (6:20) The Wizards is are called for defensive three seconds. DeMar DeRozan makes the technical free throw.
John Wall makes the technical free throw
Wizards 13 Raptors 7
Kyle Lowry was called for a technical foul.
1st Quarter (6:31) John Wall gets fouled at the rim. Makes both free throws.
1st Quarter (7:13) Nene responds with a mid range jumper.
1st Quarter (7:32) Bradley Beal loses the handle and Terrence Ross knocks down the three-pointer.
1st Quarter (8:12) John Wall makes a nice cross court pass and finds Bradley Beal for the three-pointer!!!
1st Quarter (8:50) After a turnover by Toronto, Nene gets the outlet pass and is fouled on the layup attempt. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
1st Quarter (9:22) Jonas Valanciunas gets the short range shot to fall.
1st Quarter (9:42) Nene is fouled on the fast break as John Wall continues to push the ball. Makes 1 of 2 free throws.
It stays as a common foul.
1st Quarter (9:59) Nene was called for a foul on Kyle Lowry. The officials are looking at the monitor as there was a little dust up. They are looking to see if there was any kind of flagrant or technical foul.
1st Quarter (10:12) John Wall attacks the basket and is fouled. Makes both free throws.
1st Quarter (10:55) Kyle Lowry makes the first field goal for Toronto
1st Quarter (11:16) After a Paul Pierce block, John Wall knocks down the mid range jumper.
Game 4 has begun!!!
10 minutes till tip-off between the Toronto Raptors and Washingon Wizards!!!
Washington Wizards starting lineup: PG: John Wall, SG: Bradley Beal, SF: Paul Pierce, PF: Nene, C: Marcin Gortat
Toronto Raptors starting lineup: PG: Kyle Lowry, SG: DeMar DeRozan, SF: Terrence Ross, PF: Amir Johnson, C: Jonas Valanciunas
30 minutes till tip-off!!!
We are about an hour away from gametime between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards!!!
With their backs against the wall you know the Raptors will come out with tremendous energy and focus. Washington will need to be able to combat that will more energy and use their home crowd to their advantage. If the Wizards take care of the ball and continue to dominate the boards they should have a good chance to complete the four-game sweep.
No team has ever come back down 3-0 in a series in NBA playoff history. Based on the Raptors history as a franchise it would come as a real surprise considering they have only won one playoff series in their franchise, and that was a five-game series against the Knicks back in 2001. It doesn’t look good but head coach Dwayne Casey said, “There’s no ‘give up’ on this team.”
This is unchartered territory for this Wizards franchise in some time. In the past 35 years Washington has only won three playoff series, one of which came a season ago. This could also be the first time they sweep a best-of-seven series in their franchise history.
After sluggish starts in Game 1 the Wizards backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal has really stepped it up. For the series Wall is averaging 18.3 PPG and 13.3 AST, while Beal is leading the team in scoring averaging 20.0 PPG with 6.7 REB. However, the X-factor in this series has been the play of Otto Porter. He has come off the bench and averaged 10.3 PPG and 7.3 REB in 34.0 MPG. Porter has really elevated his game which in turn has upgraded his role in the rotation. Not everything he does well shows up in the box score, but he has really made big plays to help the Wizards win games.
Paul Pierce has this to say about these playoffs, “I’m just enjoying the moment. I love playoff basketball. I love everything about it. At this point in my career, I’m savoring these moments, because I don’t know how many more of these moments I’m going to have.”
Washington brought in Paul Pierce for these moments and he is delivering. Pierce, 37, has averaged 16.0 PPG in the series on 53.8 percent shooting from the field and 55.6 percent shooting from behind the arc. He’s not taking the lion’s share of the shots, but when he decides to let loose he is delivering in big moments of the game.
Kyle Lowry made these comments about the series thus far, “Regular season is a completely different animal than the playoffs. That’s one thing. Two, these guys are playing extremely well. Their guards are playing well, their bigs are playing defense well and their game-planning has been on point.”
The biggest disappointment for Toronto has been the play of their All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. In the three games Lowry has shot 23.8 percent (10-of-42) from the field, 18.8 percent from three (3-of-16), and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (5-of-8). He is averaging 9.3 PPG which is almost half of the 17.8 PPG he averaged during the regular season. He’s been battling some injuries but when he’s on the floor he’s been a detriment to his team.
Throughout the entire regular season the Toronto Raptors were one of the best offenses in the league. However, in these first three games the Raptors have shot a combined 41.4 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from behind the arc. Washington’s defense has really contained this offense, especially there plethora of perimeter shooters.
The Wizards are very close to advancing out of the first round in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1977-78 and 1978-79 where they went to the NBA Finals each of those seasons.
This was the best season in the Raptors franchise history but they are on the verge of losing for the second-straight year in the first round where they had home court advantage. Of course, last year they went seven games with the Brooklyn Nets, but the Wizards are taking care of business and are bringing out the brooms tonight.
Despite DeMar DeRozan’s amazing performance in Game 3, the Raptors could never grab a strangle hold on the game. DeRozan finished the game with 32 points, 20 of which came in the first quarter. The next best contributor for Toronto was Kyle Lowry who finished with 15 points and seven assists.
Marcin Gortat led the Wizards in scoring with 24 points while adding 13 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. Paul Pierce added 18 points including 11 in the 4th quarter. Pierce drained two three-pointers with less than two minutes in regulation. John Wall recorded his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 15 assists.
The Washington Wizards are up in the series against the Toronto Raptors 3-0, and will look to complete the sweep at home tonight in the Verizon Center. Washington took Game 3 on Friday night 106-99, thanks to clutch shooting by Paul Pierce and a huge performance by Marcin Gortat.