Instant Analysis: Wizards 109, Raptors 92

Instant Analysis: Wizards 109, Raptors 92
March 31, 2013, 8:30 pm
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With Sunday’s victory against the Toronto Raptors, the Wizards (27-46) achieved have their most regular season wins in five years continued their hot streak at Verizon Center, winning their seventh game in a row, by dropping the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The win also ended a two-game losing streak. 

Player of the game: SG Bradley Beal returned from a five-game absence from a left ankle sprain to finish with a team-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 6 of 9 three-pointers. He only had five points at the half but made four threes in the third quarter alone.

The rundown: PG John Wall didn't have to carry the offense as the bench had 37 points in the first half. Reserves Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, C Kevin Seraphin, PG A.J. Price and PF Jan Vesely made significant contributions. Ariza and Vesely combined for 10 rebounds by halftime. Wall, who took a career-high 28 shots in the previous game to spark a struggling offense, was back to his old self by facilitating. And he did it without turning the ball over in the first two quarters. The Wizards only had nine for the game. The Raptors trimmed a 20-point lead to 92-86 in the fourth, but Price hit a runner in the lane. Wall re-entered at 6:37 and combined with Beal to close out the victory by pushing the lead back to 16. Wall finished 7-for-15 for 18 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. 

Turning point: The Wizards broke open 38-37 lead at 6:32 to 60-50 at the half behind Seraphin's six points and five via Vesely. 

Getting there: Webster (abdominal strain), in just his second game back as a starter, played 30 minutes and had seven points on 2-for-9 shooting.  Price (groin) played 13 minutes and added six points on 3-for-5 shooting.  Backup C Jason Collins (flu) only played two minutes and didn't score. Ariza (flu) had 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting and eight rebounds. PF Nene (sore right knee) didn't play for the fourth game in a row.

Not quite: Vesely had all of his points in the first half on on 4-for-7 shooting as Wall set him up for easy baskets. Vesely grabbed eight rebounds, too, but only took one shot in the second half. The last time he has reached double figures scoring in a game was Jan. 14.

Who’s next: Tuesday vs. Chicago Bulls , 7 p.m. ET on CSN.  The Bulls (39-32) played the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. 

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