The Wizards (5-20) were able to hold on and win 111 to 108 tonight at the Verizon Center against the Toronto Raptors after holding a commanding lead through three quarters. This game had no business going to overtime, but to the Wizards’ credit, they hung on and were able to close the deal against the same team that embarrassed them this past Friday in Toronto.
Now to the recap:
- John Wall took over this game from the early going. He was aggressive, made jump shots, and was locked in from the start. He finished with 31 points (10/19 from the field), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
- Nick Young dropped 29 points and was the key piece — along with Wall — to help the Wizards get a commanding double-digit first half lead.
- Rashard Lewis did not play tonight due to “sore knees”, otherwise known as “being awful”.
- Trevor Booker started once again for Jan Vesely and was phenomenal. He had a huge first quarter dunk, scored 19 points in 43 minutes, and had a huge block of Amir Johnson late in overtime.
- While Rashard Lewis didn’t play, veteran Maurice Evans got playing time in the first quarter. His first appearance since January 27th at Houston. He had 3 points.
- Even without scoring Kevin Seraphin had 8 rebounds in his 24 minutes.
- Linas Kleiza and Jerryd Bayless were the only threats for the Raptors. They combined for 60 points and were the main cause for this game going to overtime.
- Veteran Roger Mason didn’t play tonight due to a coach’s decision.
- Hamady Ndiaye did not play either.
- After dominating the Wizards on Friday night, Amir Johnson only had 6 points and 10 rebounds. He also had his shot blocked three times in 10 seconds in overtime. Twice by John Wall, once by Trevor Booker.
- And yes, JaVale McGee in the third quarter took an awful shot, put his head down, and ran back on defense… even though the Wizards got the offensive rebound. Only JaVale.