Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Bradley Beal certainly continued to show his leadership in the absence of John Wall with 24 of his 27 points in the second half and nothing bigger than the two free throws in the final seconds to ice the victory for the Wizards.
For the Raptors it looked as if they were going to claw their way to a victory behind Kyle Lowry, but his efforts in the final second just were not enough.
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 3 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.
“I wasn’t clutch enough,” Lowry said. “But trust me, I will be next time.”
The Wizards will play six of their next seven on the road, beginning in Orlando on Saturday.