Ibaka, Rap­tors sur­vive Wizards in 2-OT thriller

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS -

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.

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