Ibaka’s three-pointer helps Rap­tors de­feat Wizards in dou­ble over­time

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - REPORT ON BUSINESS - RICH DUBROFF

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 three-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 sea­son­high 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 three-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.

Beal joined Os­car Robert­son as the only play­ers in NBA his­tory with mul­ti­ple games of 40 points, 15 as­sists and 10 re­bounds in a sea­son. Robert­son had three such games in 1961-62.

He didn’t have much to say about it, though, leav­ing the locker room be­fore it opened to the me­dia as the Wizards scram­bled to make a flight to Lon­don for its next game.

Wash­ing­ton never led un­til early in the sec­ond over­time.

Leonard had 13 straight points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time. Toronto missed seven of nine from the field in the sec­ond OT and didn’t score for nearly 31⁄ 2 min­utes, but Wash­ing­ton could only push ahead by three points dur­ing that stretch.

“We got lucky to get out of here with a win,” Rap­tors coach Nick Nurse said.

Pas­cal Si­akim scored 24 and had a ca­reer-high 19 re­bounds for the Rap­tors.

Otto Porter, who had 27 points, missed a three-pointer with 6 sec­onds to play in the sec­ond OT.

Trevor Ariza nar­rowly missed his sec­ond ca­reer triple-dou­ble. He had 23 points, 10 as­sists and nine re­bounds be­fore foul­ing out with 44.7 sec­onds left.

ROB CARR/GETTY IMAGES

Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Rap­tors fol­lows his game-win­ning three-pointer in dou­ble over­time against the Wash­ing­ton Wizards at Cap­i­tal One Arena in Wash­ing­ton on Sun­day.

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