Beal scores 25 in 2nd half as Wizards beat Raptors
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 02, 2018 11:14 AM
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) passes the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and center Jakob Poeltl (42), from Austria, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
By Ian Quillen, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 122-119 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
The Wizards had eight players score in double figures in their third straight win without All-Star John Wall, who had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Otto Porter Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds in his first double-double since early December, and Markieff Morris scored 15 points — including five straight in a stretch that gave Washington the lead for good.
Kyle Lowry scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, but missed two late free throws. DeMar DeRozan added 23 points for the Raptors, who lost for the first time in eight regular-season trips to Washington.
Morris capped a 9-0 run by hitting a pair of free throws and then a baseline three-pointer off Porter's feed to put Washington up 115-110. From there, the Wizards hit seven of their last eight foul shots.
Lowry hit a spinning runner to cut it to 118-116 with 11.6 seconds left, but couldn't convert the three-point play. Then with three seconds left and Toronto down 120-118, Lowry reached a loose ball off Washington's inbounds and got fouled, but missed the first of two foul shots.
Raptors: F/G C.J. Miles (sore right knee) missed his second straight game. ... G Fred VanFleet did not play due to personal reasons. ... C Jonas Valanciunas is 5-for-6 from three-point range over his last four games. He went 2-for-2 twice in the first two games with multiple three's in his career.
Wizards: Beal's first half was the first of his career without a made field goal. ... G Jodie Meeks scored each of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, posting double digits for the first time since Dec. 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time). ... Tomas Satoransky started his third straight game at point guard in Wall's absence, a stretch that equaled his previous career starts total. ... Coach Scott Brooks received a technical foul moments after the halftime buzzer.
Former Washington and Toronto G Rasual Butler was honored with a pregame moment of silence. Butler and his wife died in a single-automobile accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning. He was 38.
Raptors: Start a four-game homestand Friday (Saturday, PHL time) against Portland.
Wizards: Play six of their next seven on the road, beginning in Orlando on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).