Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (C) in action against Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (L) and Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (R) of Austria during the second half of the NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball game four between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, USA, Apr. 22, 2018. EFE/EPA/ERIK S. LESSER SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
Washington, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- The combination of shooting guard Bradley Beal and playmaker John Wall worked wonders for the Washington Wizards on Sunday as they came back from an 11-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-98 and tie the first round playoff series 2-2.
Beal had 31 points – including five three-pointers – five rebounds and two assists, and was key to Washington’s performance before he fouled out.
Wall guided the Wizards with a double-double of 27 points and 14 assists and caught six defensive rebounds at the Capital One Arena in Washington.
Raptors defended well in the first half and were leading 40-51 after halftime but lost focus later on as the Wizards duo dominated the game.
Forward Otto Porter Jr. and Polish center Marcin Gortat made 12 points and six rebounds each for Washington.
Wizards converted 46 percent (39-85) of their field throws and 41 percent (7-17) of their three-pointer attempts.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors attack with 35 points, six rebounds and six assists while Kyle Lowry was the second highest scorer with 19 points.
Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points while Spanish power forward Serge Ibaka was inconsistent and managed just seven points.
“We tried to win, it’s a shame that we couldn’t. But well, this is not the end of the world,” Ibaka told EFE after the match, which marked a remarkable comeback by the Wizards, who had lost the first two games of the series.
The match went down to the wire, with both teams tied 92-92 in the fourth period with five minutes remaining when Beal had to leave the court due to his sixth foul.
But Wall scored 10 of the last 14 points for the Wizards to take the game away, ensuring that Washington will return home for the sixth match.
The series now moves to Toronto where the fifth game will be played on Wednesday.