Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors struggled to keep their lead on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Wizards, but eventually defeated them after two overtimes, 140-138.
Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Kyle Lowry all recorded double-doubles for the Raptors. Leonard scored 41 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Siakam scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry scored 12 points and provided 11 assists. Danny Green and Serge Ibaka scored 16 and 10 points respectively.
Toronto got out to an early lead, as the score after the first quarter was 36-21. Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard have created a similar partnership that Siakam and Lowry have.
The Raptors had a 61-50 point lead at half, with Siakam at 16 points and Leonard at 13.
The bench was particularly quiet, other than Delon Wright who finished with 17.
The Wizards got back into the game with force in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter. They limited Toronto to just 26 points in the fourth, including some clutch plays from Bradley Beal. Beal scored 29 of his 43 points in the second half.
Kawhi Leonard put the Raptors on his back in the first overtime, scoring all seven points.
Tomas Satoransky recorded a double-double against the Milwaukee Bucks in their previous game, but was limited to four points against Toronto.
Serge Ibaka was the unlikely hero in this game, as he scored the game winner from three-point land.
The Raptors have a history of hitting game-winning or game-tying shots in Washington. Fred VanVleet made a clutch shot to guarantee a win earlier this season.
Most notably, a crazy three-pointer by Morris Peterson in 2007 to send the game to overtime. Toronto ended up winning that contest.
If Toronto finishes first in the East and if Washington makes the playoffs as the 8th seed, it will make for an entertaining first round series.
The Raptors travel to Boston on Wednesday to face the Celtics at TD Garden. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
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