05/06 21:54 CDT Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over
Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over
By DICK SCANLON
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --- Bradley Beal had 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter
and overtime Thursday night, and Russell Westbrook had his 34th triple-double
of the season in the Washington Wizards' 131-129 win over Toronto that all but
eliminated the Raptors from the NBA's play-in tournament.
Pascal Siakam matched his career high with 44 points for the Raptors, who lost
for the fifth time in six games and fell four games behind the Wizards for the
10th spot in the Eastern Conference with five left to play. Siakam missed a
long 3-pointer at the end of overtime.
Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with
15.3 seconds left in overtime. The triple-double was the 180th of his career,
leaving him one behind Oscar Robertson. It was the sixth triple-double in seven
games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game.
Raul Neto scored a career-high 25 points, and Robin Lopez had six of his
season-high 24 points and two big blocks in overtime for the Wizards, who had
lost their previous nine games against the Raptors.
Westbrook did not seal his triple-double until a driving layup with 2:22 left
in the fourth quarter that left the Wizards one point behind.
Beal scored eight of the next 10 points for Washington, but Fred VanVleet's
3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
A putback by Khem Birch followed by Siakam's 15-foot jumper gave the Raptors a
71-58 lead, the largest of the game, early in the second half.
The Wizards tied it 82-82 with 1:49 left in the third quarter on on a
four-point play by Garrison Mathews, but then went more than three minutes
Neto and Davis Bertans hit 3-pointers to move Washington ahead 97-96 with 5:45
left, and it was tied at 101 when Lopez made two free throws with 4:05
Wizards: F Chandler Hutchison, who left Wednesday night's game early with a
bruised left knee, was not cleared to play until just before tip-off. He scored
seven points in three minutes in the first quarter.
Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. scored 25 points, playing for the first time after
missing six games with a left leg contusion. ... F Chris Boucher missed a
seventh game with a knee injury. ... F OG Anunoby missed a third game with a
strained left calf. ... G Kyle Lowry sat out his third game of the last four,
the exception being Sunday night's win over the Lakers in which he had 37
points and 11 assists.
Wizards: At Indiana on Saturday night.
Raptors: Host Memphis in Tampa on Saturday night.
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