This game was serious. This game was physical. This game was a redemptive game for a Washington Wizards squad who played like sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving dinner prior to tonight's 84-82 heartbreaking lost to the Toronto Raptors. Ending the four-games in five night's stretch with zero wins and four losses.
The Wizards opened the game trading baskets with the Raptors, before going on a 13-0 run and gaining a 6-point lead over Kyle Lowry and the Raptors.
The final period is when the game mattered most as both teams played extremely physical and fearless. Kyle Lowry hit an open three prior to the start of the one-minute mark to put the Raptors within one point of regaining the lead.
Washington needed this win badly and for a second it looked like they would come out victorious, but the game clock slowed down once DeMarre Carroll and Bismack Biyombo fouled Wizard guards Sessions and Wall.
Here's how the final seconds went down:
Carroll fouled Wall with 10.4 left in the game to send him to the line where he made 2-of-2 free throws to make it a three-point game.
Marcin Gortat fouled DeMar DeRozan on a driving layup with 05.0 seconds left in the game to bring the Raptors within one.
Dudley could not get the ball in bound and used the Wizards remaining timeout.
Out of timeout, Dudley finds Wall and he is quickly fouled with 03.8 left on the game clock. He missed both free throws, which ending up costing the Wizards the game.
The Wizards did not provide coverage on the wing and Cory Joseph of the Toronto Raptors scored the game-winning three.
Washington's starting lineup of Porter, Gortat, Dudley, Wall, and Beal scored 74 of 82 points. Raptor's Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 27 points, 3 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Before tonight's home lost against Raptors, Wizards had won 5 straight in games decided by 1 point.
Heartbreaking play of game
For those of you who can stand to watch this shot again, here you go: