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Wizards vs. Raptors final score: John Wall, holy crap

In what was probably the game of the year, the Wizards, led by huge plays from John Wall, defeated the Toronto Raptors, 134-129.

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There were lots of great performances in this incredible Wizards-Raptors game. Marcin Gortat, take a bow. You caught and finished more pick and rolls that any human being could ever count. Greivis Vasquez ... oh jeez you made me yell at the TV so much tonight. That pull-up three in the third overtime? I still can't believe you took it and made it. DeMar DeRozan, your growth scares the crap out of me. Bradley Beal, way to hang in there. Andre Miller, we all forgot you, but without your regulation play, there would be no overtime.

There was only one John Wall, though. And in the end, it was the best player in this game that played like the superstar he was. It was John Wall that allowed the Wizards to win the game of the year over the Toronto Raptors, 134-129.

It was John Wall that forced a steal at the end of the first OT when the Wizards needed to get a stop. It was John Wall that delivered with a vicious inside-out dribble to speed for the game-tying layup. It was John Wall that prevented Kyle Lowry from giving the Raptors the win with this play. (Note the Iverson-esque step over him after the fact).


In the third overtime, it was John Wall who rescued the Wizards. It was Wall that stepped into the passing lane and beat Vasquez's bounce pass to Tyler Hansbrough for the steal, leading to an Ariza dunk. It was John Wall that stripped Vasquez on the very next play, leading to another fast break and a four-point lead. It was Wall who, with the Raptors needing a stop down two, yo-yoed with the dribble, forced a switch with Hansbrough and delivered the hesitation dribble -- a new move in his arsenal -- for the blow-by and finish. Hell, it was John Wall that defended DeRozan on the next play, preventing the obvious quick two.

There were many stars in what goes down as one of the best-played games in the NBA this season. There was only one John Wall, and that's why the Wizards won.