Wizards Hold Off Raptors For OT Win
WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall scored 31 points, Nick Young had a season-high 29 and Trevor Booker added a season-high 19 as the Washington Wizards blew an 18-point third-quarter lead then hung on to beat the Toronto Raptors 111-108 in overtime on Monday night.
The Wizards outscored Toronto 6-3 in the overtime.
Young’s two free throws with 1:06 to play gave Washington a 109-106 lead. The Raptors’ Amir Johnson hit two free throws with 27.2 seconds left to make it 109-108.
Booker hit the first of two free throws with 6.7 seconds left. Young rebounded Booker’s miss, was fouled and hit the second of two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to make it 111-108. Linas Kleiza’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.
Jerryd Bayless and Kleiza both had a season-high 30 points for Toronto.
Bayless scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help force overtime.
Kleiza tied the score at 98 with a jumper as the shot clock hit ran out with 1:41 to play. Booker hit two free throws with 1:30 left for a 100-98 lead. Kleiza hit a 3-pointer to give the Raptors a 101-100 lead with 57.5 seconds to play.
Wall answered with a layup, Bayless hit two free throws, and Wall scored on a runner and was fouled with 25.2 seconds to play. He missed the free throw, but Washington maintained possession. Jordan Crawford hit one of two free throws with 17.3 seconds to play for a 105-103 Wizards lead. Johnson’s dunk with 10.2 seconds left tied it at 105.
The Wizards lost their previous four games and improved to 5-20. Of Washington’s five wins, two each have come against Charlotte and Toronto – who have a record of 11-39 – and one against Oklahoma City – which has the league’s best record. The Wizards lost their previous two games by 43 points.
The Raptors played one of their better games on Sunday, losing by six points in Miami, but were totally outclassed for the first three quarters against Washington.
The Wizards played one of its best quarters of the season, outscoring Toronto 29-19 in the first. Washington shot 65 percent – the Raptors 29.2 percent.
The Wizards led 57-42 at halftime – their second-largest lead at the half this season.
Wall scored 11 points in the third as Washington built a 79-61 lead with 3:02 to play – but Toronto whittled it to 82-72 as the quarter ended.
Washington had been outrebounded 114-69 in its last two games. Toronto set a franchise record with 61 points against the Wizards last Friday night. Washington held its own on the boards, outrebounded by just one.
NOTES: Wizards F Rashard Lewis was a late scratch with a sore left knee. It’s the third time he’s missed a game with the injury. … The Raptors played their 17th road game – tied for the most in the NBA. They begin a seven-game homestand – tied for the longest in franchise history on Wednesday against Milwaukee. Toronto’s next road game won’t be until Feb. 28 in Houston. … Washington C Ronny Turiaf is getting his broken left wrist examined this week. Turiaf was injured on Jan. 1.