Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors, Celtics pip Bucks

Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors, Celtics pip Bucks

The Toronto Raptors took a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Wizards after DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points in a 130-119 victory. Through two games, both losses at the hands of the Raptors, the 24-year-old has been held to just 14 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting from the field. Game 3 will be Friday in Milwaukee. If Wale was watching last night's game, it would be entertaining to see the "Fashion Week" rapper switch roles with Drake, but we'll have to wait and see. And he did it all with a poise and presence head coach Dwane Casey says he developed this season. "We needed every point". Again, it seemed like Lillard and McCollum struggled on the open shots they did get. He also converted a four-point play.

"John Wall is barking at Gortat, and rightfully so", said Steve Smith on NBA TV, providing game analysis. He averaged a career-best 1.1 3-pointers during the regular season and after two postseason games, he's averaging 2.5 triples per game.

As the series shifts to Washinton D.C. for Game 3, the Wizards will not have to worry about sideline antics from hip-hop's golden boy. We had opportunities, several opportunities, to win tonight and close it out but we didn't. "We're not down on ourselves at all".

Wizards guard Bradley Beal missed eight of 11 shots and finished with nine points.

"That sequence was big for us just to get the lead back and kind of start to get a little bit of momentum, a little bit more push", Lowry said.

Fast-forward to April, however, and not a lot has gone right for Scott Brooks' team.

Terry Rozier added 23 points for Boston, which led by up to 20 in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors came out of the gate strong with another hot start offensively, with each starter hitting a three-point shot in the first half.

The capacity crowd roared when DeRozan forced a turnover and saved the ball from going out of bounds, then passed to Lowry who fed Wright for an alley-oop dunk with 3:38 left, putting Toronto up, 125-107.

Lawson's play was one of the only positive takeaways from a disappointing Game 2 for the Wizards, where they lead for a total of 20 seconds during the game. Without Fred VanVleet, arguably the best bench player and candidate for Six Man of the Year, Toronto still managed to do well.

Casey said DeRozan's teammates understand his situation.

"Me as a player, I got to do a better job of not worrying about fouls and contact and just try to finish my plays like I usually do in the past", he said. "He just wasn't ready". That's significant for a team that's as quick as New Orleans given they also scored just seven points off the break. CJ Miles, Delon Wright, and Serge Ibaka were outstanding players for the Raptors scoring a combined 53 points in 77 minutes, while Toronto's all stars only accumulated 28 points.

"We were in a situation where we were up two going to Atlanta, they took care of home court".

According to Ava Wallace of the Washington Post, the game was delayed by 15 minutes, as staff at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto attempted to wipe up moisture on the court brought on by the roof leak.

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