Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post

In a heated and emotional playoff game, the Toronto Raptors fell to the Washington Wizards 122-103. 

Unlike the first two games of the series, the Washington Wizards came out with vengeance and desperation in Game 3.

This showed straight from tip off, as OG Anunoby and Markieff Morris got into a shoving match under three minutes in.

It seems like a real rivalry is brewing between these two teams, as the chippy play carried out throughout the evening.

Superstars John Wall and Bradley Beal lead the charge for the Wizards, combining for 56 points and proving to Toronto that they aren’t going down without a fight.

The entire Raptors squad on the other hand, failed to match the energy and physicality that the Wizards came to play with.

Toronto was deferring back to old habits that did not make them successful in the post-season in previous years.

DeRozan and Lowry were being required to create offense individually (something fans have seen in the past), combining for 36 shots as a duo, while no other Raptor had more than eight shots taken.

As typical in Raptor losses, turnovers played a key part in the outcome, as the Raptors registered 18 total on the evening compared to Washington’s 11.

The Wizards were able to capitalize off of the turnovers and convert often times on the fast break through the skill lead by Wall and Beal.

Toronto will remain in Washington for Game 4 looking to grasp a 3-1 series lead before heading back to the Air Canada Centre.

Game 4 starts at 6:00pm Sunday night from Capital One Arena, and can be viewed on Sportsnet One.


More coverage to follow. Image from The Star. 

 

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