Ibaka, Raptors survive Wizards in 2-OT thriller
WASHINGTON — The Toronto Raptors began with a rush. They scored the first nine points against the Washington Wizards, built a 19-point lead in the first quarter and went ahead by 23 in the second quarter.
Near the end of the third quarter, Toronto still led by 17 points. Then Washington got hot and forced one overtime and then another.
Serge Ibaka’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime allowed the Raptors to survive and earn their fifth straight win, 140-138 over the Wizards on Sunday.
“It shouldn’t come down to the last possession,” Kawhi Leonard said. “We need to close out games better.” Leonard, who played a season-high 45 minutes, led Toronto with 41 points and 11 rebounds.
“Tonight he played like a superstar,” Ibaka said. “That’s how we need him to play and he did his job as a superstar. When we need him to step up and make big plays, he did them for us.”
Bradley Beal had his second triple-double of the season, collecting season highs of 43 points and 15 assists along with 10 rebounds. His 3-pointer with 20.4 seconds left in regulation tied it at 124 to force overtime. His jumper with 6.8 seconds to play in the first overtime tied it at 131.