Fifth straight win sealed by Ibaka, to lead Raptors past Wizards
Serge Ibaka drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 15.2 seconds left in a double overtime Sunday. To lift the Toronto Raptors to a 140-138 NBA victory over the Washington Wizards.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 41 points. That included 10 in overtime. As Toronto finally put away the Wizards in a game in which the Raptors led by as many as 23.
The Raptors improved to an NBA-best 33-12. They burst out of the gate and were up 51-28 late in the second quarter. Additionally by 17 with less than a minute to play in the third.
Washington chipped away. They were helped by Bradley Beal’s second triple-double of the season. Additionally he got 43 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds.
Beal drained a three-pointer with 21.5 seconds left in regulation. To knot the score at 124-124 and force overtime. Furthermore his bucket tied it up at 131-131 with 6.8 seconds left in the first extra period.
The Wizards took the lead for the first time in the second overtime period. When Toronto suddenly went cold. They missed 7-of-9 from the field. A layup from Leonard, Ibaka’s three-pointer and a scattering of free-throws would be enough.
With Washington preparing to head to London later in the evening for the NBA’s annual England excursion. The Wizards came out looking like they already were mentally on their way overseas.
The game remained that way for most of 3 1/2 quarters before Beal, the lone Wizards player showing any push-back, got red-hot. He brought his club all the way back to even forcing overtime against the Raptors.
“We are lucky to get out of here (with a win),” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse admitted. “I’m not going to stand here and say it was anything else. I mean we fought hard at the end. We made a big shot at the very end and we get lucky to get out of here.”
The game certainly took its toll in the health department. Various players left the contest with knocks. However, they eventually came back in.
“I’m not sure it was super physical game, but it was a collision game,” Nurse said. “Both teams playing really hard. Lots of open-floor play and lots of spacing and lots of transition. So there were a lot of collisions out there. Luckily for us this is just the third time all year we get two days before we play again. We’re going to need them.”
First Kawhi Leonard had to leave midway through the third quarter with some tightness behind his knee that needed stretching out.
Then with Leonard still out, Norm Powell took a Jeff Green elbow to the head and stayed down hoping the officials would take a second look at it. They didn’t and no foul was called leaving Powell with his bell wrung and not much more.
Danny Green was on the receiving of a Tomas Satoransky tackle late in the second overtime. With Green down, Satoransky dove at him to foul him and stop the clock. Green got up and made one of two free throws, giving the Wizards one more crack at it with 2.7 seconds left.
This time it was Kyle Lowry stepping in front of Beal as the Wizards threw the deep ball to the hottest player on the floor in a last-gasp effort. Lowry wound up breaking up the play but paid the price as he went down hard as the final horn sounded.
“I don’t know what happened, but I know that I broke up the pass,” Lowry said. “That’s all that really matters.”