Perseverance was the name of todays game, this was a game of never giving up and fighting through to get the win. The Washington Wizards did not give up when the Toronto Raptors jumped out to an early lead and fought back to have Mike Scott tie it at half time. The Wizards did not give up when Bradley Beal fouled out with five minutes left, they came back and won by six. On a night where the Wizards defense nominated, the offense showed up just enough to give the Wizards a fighting chance against the number one seed. Lets breakdown this fantastic win here.
John Wall is the MAN: John Wall had a monstrous night for the Wizards. John Wall in 43 minutes had 27 points to go along with 14 assists and six rebounds. John Wall had some great plays in the paint and kept the crowd going in the last minutes of the game. He kept proclaiming to the crowd “this is my city”. Yes, it is John and we are proud to be a part of it.
Bradley Beal continues to rise to the challenge: After a weak first two games and a great 28 points in game three, Bradley raised the bar and was the difference maker the Wizards needed tonight. Beal had 31 points in only 31 minutes. Beal fouled out with five minutes left on the clock on an iffy call by the refs. Beal continued to cheer his teammates from the sideline however and had the last laugh when the final buzzer rang.
Random Notes: Marcin Gortat got rolling early and finished with 12 points and six rebounds but only played 27 minutes… Ty Lawson and Thomas Satoransky combined for zero points in 19 minutes, not having a true back up guard when Beal fouled out was a real scary moment for the Wizards… Washington 21/31 at the free throw line which could have been a difference maker… The Wizards have won eight consecutive home playoff games.
What’s Next: The Washington Wizards head back to Toronto to face the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 7:00PM