Wizards even series with Raptors

Wizards even series with Raptors

Wizards even series with Raptors

The Raptors soar in the fourth to sink the Wizards and win a much needed playoff opener.

DeMar DeRozan topscored for Toronto with 35 points, but the All-Star guard missed 19 of 29 field goals.

"We don't look at the seeding or the numbers", Beal said of the eighth-seeded Wizards being tied with the top-seeded Raptors.

There were none of the sort of contretemps that marked Game 3, when Morris tangled with and shoved an official less than three minutes in - drawing a $25,000 fine from the National Basketball Association on Saturday - and, later, Wall and Serge got in each other's faces until a Wizards security guard got involved.Game 5 is at Toronto on Wednesday night. He returned in the third quarter, but sat out all of the fourth.

Toronto will host Game 5 on Wednesday night.

An infuriated Bradley Beal held his head in disgust and was literally hopping mad at officials who called his sixth and final foul with 4:58 remaining in Game 4 after Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan ran into him chasing down an offensive rebound.

"You always want more ball movement and we can get better ball movement", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks, a point guard in the league in the 1990s, joked about how heated things got.

That would be John Wall, and Beal was exactly right. Kelly Oubre iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left, while a stock photo of a sad-looking Drake flashed on the jumbotron.

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Noted Kyle Lowry, who scored 19 for Toronto: "We didn't completely stick with our offense". The suspenseful come-from-behind win, which was witnessed by a capacity crowd of 18,277 fans at the Capital One Arena, tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals at 2-2.

They were treated to an entertaining game that even featured some comedic relief from Lowry. Lowry picked up Gortat's shoe and helpfully untied it before handing it back with a friendly pat on Gortat's backside. The Raptors are 0-4 in games when they are leading 2-1. The Celtics went on to win the series.

Raptors: Now 0-4 all-time in Game 4 when up 2-1; have never led a playoff series 3-1.

After all, the score was tied at 92 and Beal had been especially effective in the game, scoring 31 points.

Toronto won the first two games of the seven-game series, but Washington has won back-to-back at home to keep the season alive. During a 16-second stretch, the rookie had a layup, a steal and a dunk that gave the Raptors a nine-point lead.

His instincts are honest, but too often on Sunday night, DeRozan was lured into poor decision-making with the Wizards' bait - be it attacking mismatch against Wizards center Ian Mahinmi that resulted in turnovers, or a heel-on-the-line contested 22-footer with 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock after fumbling the incoming pass from Lowry.

Kyle Lowry lobs a pass up to Delon Wright, who finishes with a two-handed dunk. Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat each had 12 points with Gortat grabbing six boards.

The Raptors led by as many as 12 in the second quarter and were up 51-40 at halftime, led by DeRozan's 15 points.

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