Ibaka’s 3-pointer helps lift Rap­tors in dou­ble OT

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Sports - RICH DUBROFF

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 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, in Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tion 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.”

The Wizards’ 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, leav­ing the locker-room be­fore it opened to the me­dia as the Wizards scram­bled to make a flight to Lon­don for their next game.

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 3½ 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 for Wash­ing­ton, missed a three­p­ointer with six sec­onds to play in the sec­ond OT. Team­mate 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.

Tip-ins

Rap­tors: F/G C.J. Miles was out with a sore right hip. “Miles has been strug­gling,” Nurse said. “We tried to give him a go the other night. He still wasn’t quite right . ... G Fred VanVleet did not play be­cause of a bruised left thigh. “Freddy took a big shot the other night late in the game,” he said.

Wizards: G To­mas Sa­toran­sky, who had his first ca­reer triple­dou­ble on Fri­day, had just four points on 2-for-13 shoot­ing . ... Beal missed eight of nine shots in the first quar­ter . ... F Jeff Green was as­sessed a tech­ni­cal foul.

Lon­don call­ing

Wash­ing­ton will face the New York Knicks in Lon­don on Thurs­day. “We want to en­joy it,” coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re not go­ing to be there where you’re just go­ing to fo­cus on bas­ket­ball. We all have lives. We all want to live a fun life.”

Life with­out Wall

Wash­ing­ton is get­ting used to play­ing with­out John Wall, who un­der­went sea­son-end­ing left heel surgery on Jan. 8.

Up next

Rap­tors: Visit Bos­ton on Wed­nes­day.

Wizards: Play New York at

The O2 in Lon­don on Thurs­day.

NICK WASS THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rap­tors’ Serge Ibaka shoots late in dou­ble over­time over Wizards’Otto Porter Jr. and To­mas Sa­toran­sky on Sun­day. Toronto won, 140-138.

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