The Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 131-129 in the OT on Thursday night, taking a nine-game losing streak from their Canadian opponent. Here’s how it happened:
The game started as usual for this team, with the Wizards scoring but allowing the other side to score at will. Prompted by shooting 50% of the field and 53% of three in the first frame, the Raptors entered the second quarter, leading the Wizards 33-31.
In the second quarter, where the match turned into a game of running. With six rebounds, the Wizards went fast 5-0 to reduce the Raptors̵
As a result, the Wizards watched and missed as the Raptors reached a 13-point lead. Most remarkable at halftime was the fact that Davis Bertans was the team’s leading scorer – with 11.
After Bertans joined the starters in the second half, it had to be thought that another scorer would make Toronto pause before sending a double / triple team to Brad. But the nurse continued to send the double and Pascal Siakam began his attack in defense of the front zone of the Wizards. Eventually finishing with a career high of 44, Siakam relentlessly hunted for a match with Bertans. Who could blame him? But Siakam will not be the only one setting up a new career. To resist this attack by Pascal was none other than our daring candle, Raoul Neto.
Reviving in the third quarter, Raul Neto broke into several timely threes as his game helped the Wizards continue 20-7 to close the third, leaving the team with just 4 points short to catch up in the fourth. And what they did. With Bradley Beale and Russell Westbrook coming to life on the field, the Wizards held a three-point lead with less than 20 seconds to play.
But that was more than enough time to send the game to OT. Inexplicably leaving Fred with too much space, Russell Westbrook let him pick up the game of tying three, where we all wondered if this would be another #SoWizards L. Heading for OT, the mood was gloomy. Until it was.
Bringing brighter days while it rained hooks, Robin Lopez wore this team during the OT. From grabbing offensive boards to knocking down free throwing clutches, Captain Hook put the Wizards in a great position to close the game. However, the defense of Davis Bertans and the failure of Russell Westbrook’s judgment almost canceled all the good work of the captain. Davis could not slide his legs against Siakam, but after separating Siakam from two pairs of free throws, these fouls almost turned out to be expensive. Even more potentially more expensive was Russell Westbrook’s double blunder. When Toronto pressed the ball, Russ decided to politicize for a foul. When he doesn’t get it, do what every coach is disgusted with: leave your feet to make a pass. The pass, of course, was intercepted and the Raptors were given a chance to reduce the lead from 4 points to 2. Why? Because Russ, after the terrible turn, decided to foul a very, very good shooter.
The rest of the game continued just as intensely. Siakam transforms a three-point game to bring the game within one. Garrison Matthews split a pair of free throws; and the Raptors, without any timeouts, had about 3.4 seconds to grab the souls of the wizards. But to no avail, as the distant rise of Siakam deviated from the board and into the hands of the victorious magicians.
What a victory! Here are five more victories, as we shocked the world and secured the 7th winner. Great game on Saturday, people. I’ll see you then!