Highlights: Wizards 134, Raptors 129 (3 OT)
John Wall, the point guard and by extension the coach on the floor for the Wizards, is starting to talk like Randy Wittman even more. After Thursday's triple-overtime win at the Toronto Raptors, in which Wall made two steals that led to easy baskets to clinch the victory, already was looking ahead to Saturday's game at the Philadelphia 76ers.
"It's another step we're taking. We're breaking a lot of things this year," Wall said of reaching 30 wins for the first time in his four-year career. "We're a playoff team. It's time for us to (stay) on a winning streak. We're on one right now."
That's a season-high five-game winning streak to be exact. But the Wizards (30-28) have been notoriously inconsistent this season. They'll beat the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, then lose to the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics; knock off the Phoenix Suns but fall to the Utah Jazz; beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers, then lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was the Wizards' only victory in four meetings, and second in nine tries at Air Canada Centre. The Sixers (15-43) have been gutted since the Feb. 20 deadline. They've stockpiled picks after shipping away Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and appear to be in full tank mode and angling towards the draft in June. They're also going to be retiring the No. 3 jersey of Allen Iverson on Saturday in what is expected to be a packed house for a change.
"The main thing is we can't go to Philly and lose that game. This was a statement game and a big game for us to win," said Wall, who had a team-high of 31 points, as did Marcin Gortat, in Toronto. "But you can't go there and lose that game. You've got to respect those guys even though they traded a lot of people and their team is totally different. They're still a professional team with talented guys."