Beal breaks out as Wizards win

Beal breaks out as Wizards win

After allowing Toronto to shoot 52 percent in the first half (54 percent from 3-point range), the Wizards clamped down (a bit) in the second half.

The Raptors pulled to within 13 points on a three-pointer by Lowry with 7:06 left to play, but any hopes of a comeback were short-lived, and by the time Mike Scott sank a wide-open three with 3:06 to play, the Wizards were back up by 19 points, and Casey subbed off his starters. The crowd got into the game, and with Fred VanVleet out, the Raptors' bench looked like they just let their guard down. "And we allowed them to". "That was a critical part of his success".

As a result of the fracas, Wall and Ibaka were assessed double-technical fouls and Beal earned a T for provoking Valanciunas, though he said he was just trying to get the ball.

According to The Score, when Jonas Valenciunas was asked about the bond and communication between the players on and off the court, he mentioned that "Kyle, DeMar and I have been here for six/seven years.Knowing each other's games is our advantage". It's up to the Raptors to respond now and I'm sure they'll be better, but they've been an average road team this season and are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games.

Beal wasn't just targeting Raptors, either. Toronto was hurt by 19 turnovers in the game, which Washington converted into 28 points. DeRozan had 23 points on an inefficient 22 shots.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3.

There had been talk of the Wizards shaking up their lineup after Game 2, but coach Scott Brooks stuck with his regulars, saying before the game that he was "confident in the group". He has to be there for us, to block shots, rebound, and set screens. Not looking to fight but both teams are emotionally invested.

Beal and Wall combined for 22-of-42 shooting and 10 rebounds.

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A win on Friday night would have essentially closed the series, but even with a loss, Toronto is still in the driver's seat after two games. The shirts were laid out to spell "Rep DC". In Game 2, he chipped in a measly nine points and was 3-of-11 from the field. To help avoid going down 0-3 - a deficit no National Basketball Association team has ever overcome to win a series - Morris got the extracurricular activities started early, initiating a shoving match with rookie OG Anunoby less than three minutes into the affair.

These are the sobering, snarky or dare I say, smart thoughts that stick with me when I watch Raptors games. Him coming out there and pretty much being fired up. "I can do my job, but he's going to have to do his job". It is what it is. Wright has raised his game to another level with his outstanding defensive plays. Scott Brooks always laments the fact that he is not too concerned with Kelly knocking down shots, but rather how he is defending. One of the more important, if subtle, shifts came from Oubre. The Wizards had wilted in the fourth quarter of the opener and collapsed in the first quarter of Game 2. Previous year in the first round, it was all about finally winning a playoff series in under 7 games - much was made about the Raptors' mental fragility in the playoffs, and the inability to put the Bucks away easily perpetuated a long-standing narrative about the Raptors under-performing in the playoffs.

They just continue doing what they've done all season. It's key for our team. I think his entire career in the playoffs he's played well.

"It's defence. We have to be a better defensive team", Brooks said. We'll have to keep an eye on any kind of fireworks that take place in Sunday's Game 4 and see how it impacts the game.

Injury report: No notable injuries.

"It sounds insane, but sometimes we need that", Gortat said.

Prior to Game 3, his backcourt partner John Wall spoke about his apparent struggles.

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