The Wizards overcame a dreadful start and third- and four-quarter comebacks by the Toronto Raptors to win 90-84 on the road as rookie Bradley Beal led the way with 20 points and A.J. Price came off the bench to drop in 12. It was the Wizards’ third win in a row and seventh in their last nine games. The result also ended Washington's five-game losing streak in Toronto, earned them their fifth road victory and guaranteed them a winning record for the month at 7-4.
The rundown: John Wall couldn't get his third consecutive double-double, but he didn't need to be spectacular. It was a sloppy start for both teams. The Raptors, the NBA’s third-worst team in turnovers, committed 12 by halftime. Martell Webster scored Washington’s first five points, but as a team it only shot 27% to lead 17-16 entering the second quarter. Beal hit a runner in the lane and followed that with a three-pointer to give the Wizards separation at 40-28 with less than two minutes left in the second quarter as the home fans began to boo. Wall couldn't be a factor early because of two first-quarter fouls. That’s where Price stepped in. He engineered an efficient offense as he hit a three-pointer with the shot clocking winding down in the fourth to extend the lead to 68-59. Beal made a long deuce and Trevor Booker had a put-back as the Wizards made six of their first eight shots in the period. They struggled offensively, however, with Beal on the bench with five fouls. Nene only had 11 points, but he did a drop step to get around Amir Johnson and to the rim for a reverse layup. He drew the foul and made the free throw for a three-point play. Nene added an uncontested dunk for an 81-73 lead and Wall blew past Johnson for a layup with 45.7 seconds left to seal the outcome.
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