John Wall block forces double overtime vs. Raptors
In their first triple-overtime game since 1975, the Wizards went 2-for-1 Thursday by beating the Toronto Raptors for the first time in four tries and surpassed their win total from 2012-13. Marcin Gortat scored a career-high 31 points, forced overtime with a putback with five seconds left in regulation, Bradley Beal had what appeared to be the game-winner at the buzzer waived off in the second overtime, and John Wall made two steals late in the third overtime to pull it out.
The victory extended the season-long winning streak to five games and the Wizards (30-28) are two games over .500 for the first time this season. Gortat, who had 12 points and four blocked shots, fouled out late in the final overtime as did Trevor Ariza. But the Raptors (32-26) lost Patrick Patterson, Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry earlier. And they also didn't have Terrence Ross after halftime because of a leg injury.
Wall, who scored his season-high 37 in Toronto on Nov. 22, was an offensive weapon early and in the first overtime. He scored 31 points on 12-for-20 shooting and nine assists. Gortat had his sixth consecutive double-double, and 100th of his career. Beal only shot 4-for-16 for 11 points, but he had 10 rebounds, four assists and only one turnover. Ariza had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The reserves contributed 40 points. Chris Singleton had his best outing of the season with 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. Andre Miller had 11 points, two assists and two steals. Al Harrington added eight and Martell Webster seven.
The Wizards are 5-1 since the All-Star break, despite not having Nene and backup center Kevin Seraphin for the last two games.
Greivis Vasquez came off the bench to punish Washington for the second time in a row. The point guard from University of Maryland had a season-high 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting and eight assists.
Turning point: After losing what had been a 12-point lead, the Wizards kept battling back and finally pulled away in the third overtime. Wall drove into the paint and found Gortat for a layup, and he was fouled by Lowry who then was disqualified from the game. Gortat's free throw tied the score at 127. Wall then responded with consecutive steals which led to a breakaway dunk for Ariza and a layup for Webster for a four-point lead. Wall sealed it by blowing by Tyler Hansbrough for a layup on a switch.
Key stats: The Wizards dominated the boards with a 57-50 edge, including 18 on the offensive side, making up for their 5-for-22 shooting on three-pointers. ... They also had an 80-46 advantage on points in the paint.
No time: Drew Gooden suited up for the Wizards for the first time after signing a 10-day contract Wednesday, but did not play. Neither did Otto Porter. Garrett Temple played five seconds to end the third and 40 seconds in the final overtime, securing a rebound and making 1 of 2 free throws in the end.
Up next: The Wizards will travel to Philadelphia on Friday, where they likely won't practice because of the grueling triple OT, and play at the 76ers on Saturday (CSN, 7:30)