Wizards take down Raptors in OTFeb 7, 2012 - 4:59 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - John Wall scored a game-high 31 points as the Washington Wizards held on for a 111-108 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors at Verizon Center on Monday.
"We just kind of fell in line behind him," said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman about Wall's play. "That is as good a game that I've had with him that he's played on both ends of the floor."
Washington got season-high point totals from Nick Young (29) and Trevor Booker (19) as the Wizards snapped a four-game skid and got revenge for a 106-89 loss to Toronto on Friday.
Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza led the way for the Raptors, netting 30 points apiece. DeMar DeRozan added 15 but it wasn't enough for Toronto, which has now lost four of its last five.
"We were not able to make plays at the end, but it's the effort thing," said Kleiza about his team falling behind early. "We just have to come out harder."
The Raptors trailed by as many as 18, but Bayless was able to knock down three three-pointers around two DeRozan free throws to put the Raptors down just two, 98-96, with 2:27 remaining in the game.
Kleiza then scored five straight for the Raptors, including a trey to give Toronto a one-point lead with 57 seconds left.
Wall drove on Bayless, drew the contact, and made the layup to give Washington the 104-103 lead. Wall missed the free throw, but Jordan Crawford came up with a big offensive rebound.
Crawford hit 1-of-2 from the line giving Bayless an opportunity as he drove left and missed the layup hard off the glass, but Amir Johnson was there for the putback dunk to tie the game, 105-105.
Washington got the last shot, but Young's final attempt was blocked and the two teams entered overtime.
In overtime, Washington again capitalized on a missed free throw as Young came up with a huge offensive rebound off of a Booker missed free throw. Young then went 1-of-2 from the line to leave the door open for Toronto.
The Raptors inbounded the ball down three with 1.5 seconds to play, but Jose Calderon airballed a three from the top of the key as Washington held on for the overtime victory.
Wall and Young got going early as they scored 21 of the team's 29 first- quarter points to give the Wizards a 29-19 advantage.
Kleiza finished the first half with 16 points off the bench for the Raptors, but they continued to struggle, trailing 57-42 at the break.
Kleiza and James Johnson hit back-to-back three's around two Wall free throws to get the Raptors within 10, 82-72, going into the final stanza.
Washington will host New York on Wednesday in the third game of a four-game home stand, while Sacramento returns home on Wednesday to face the Bucks... Washington's Rashard Lewis did not play with a sore left knee...Toronto shot 50 percent from three-point range.
- TORONTO: 108
Final - OT
Feb 6 10:04 PM
- TORONTO: 105
End of Regulation
Feb 6 9:43 PM
- TORONTO: 72
End of 3rd
Feb 6 8:52 PM
- TORONTO: 19
End of 1st
Feb 6 7:36 PM
- TORONTO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Feb 6 7:11 PM
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