Raptors foil Wizards in dou­ble OT

Beal notches sec­ond triple-dou­ble of the sea­son in de­feat

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WASHINGTON — The Toronto Raptors be­gan with a rush. They scored the first 9 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 re­bounds along with 10 as­sists. 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.

Washington never led un­til early in the sec­ond over­time.

Leonard had 13 straight points in the fourth quar­ter

and over­time. Toronto missed 7 of 9 from the field in the sec­ond OT and didn’t score for nearly 3½ min­utes, but Washington could only push ahead by 3 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 3-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.

Washington was sched­uled to de­part af­ter the game for Lon­don, where it will face the New York Knicks 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.

“It’s a great time. It’s a play­ers’ and coaches’ dream. You get to go to a cool city. We have some pretty cool things planned, some great sights to see, din­ners to at­tend, some ap­pear­ances to make. That’s part of be­ing in the NBA. It’s a re­spon­si­bil­ity that we all have and we all share.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Toronto for­ward Serge Ibaka hit a 3-pointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time to give the vis­it­ing Raptors a 140-138 vic­tory over the Washington Wizards. It was Toronto’s fifth straight vic­tory.

RAPTORS 140, WIZARDS 138 (2 OT) Thurs­day: Knicks at Wizards, 3 p.m.

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