Wizards-Raptors instant analysis

Wizards-Raptors instant analysis
February 25, 2013, 9:15 pm
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The Wizards overcame a dreadful start and third- and four-quarter comebacks by the Toronto Raptors to win 90-84 on the road as rookie Bradley Beal led the way with 20 points and A.J. Price came off the bench to drop in 12. It was the Wizards’ third win in a row and seventh in their last nine games. The result also ended Washington's five-game losing streak in Toronto, earned them their fifth road victory and guaranteed them a winning record for the month at 7-4.

The rundown: John Wall couldn't get his third consecutive double-double, but he didn't need to be spectacular. It was a sloppy start for both teams. The Raptors, the NBA’s third-worst team in turnovers, committed 12 by halftime. Martell Webster scored Washington’s first five points, but as a team it only shot 27% to lead 17-16 entering the second quarter. Beal hit a runner in the lane and followed that with a three-pointer to give the Wizards separation at 40-28 with less than two minutes left in the second quarter as the home fans began to boo. Wall couldn't be a factor early because of two first-quarter fouls. That’s where Price stepped in. He engineered an efficient offense as he hit a three-pointer with the shot clocking winding down in the fourth to extend the lead to 68-59. Beal made a long deuce and Trevor Booker had a put-back as the Wizards made six of their first eight shots in the period. They struggled offensively, however, with Beal on the bench with five fouls. Nene only had 11 points, but he did a drop step to get around Amir Johnson and to the rim for a reverse layup. He drew the foul and made the free throw for a three-point play. Nene added an uncontested dunk for an 81-73 lead and Wall blew past Johnson for a layup with 45.7 seconds left to seal the outcome.

Turning point: Raptors PG Kyle Lowry tied the score at 49 in the third quarter when he hit a three-pointer.  Sparked by Beal, the Wizards went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead.  Trevor Ariza followed up with a three and Price nailed a runner in the lane as they entered the fourth with a 63-54 lead. Beal scored 18 of his 20 points in the first three quarters.

Notable numbers: Price shot 5-for-7 from the field …  Raptors SF Rudy Gay had 24 points when the Raptors won at Verizon Center on Feb. 19. But he had five turnovers in the first half and was 0-for-6 through the first three quarters for just two points. Gay finished 1-for-11 with seven points. …Nene and Emeka Okafor combined for 22 rebounds. ... Wall only shot 3-for-9 for 10 points but added seven assists.  ... The Wizards made 7 of 12 three-pointers (58.3%). One of the NBA's better shooting teams from long range, the Raptors were 5-for-19 (26.3%).

Who’s next: Friday vs. New York Knicks, 7, and Sunday vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6. Both games on CSN.