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TORONTO — John Wall wasn’t able to enjoy his best game of the season so far.
Wall connected on 15 of 21 field goal attempts, including both his 3-pointers, and went 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Still, it wasn’t enough for the Wizards, who fought back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead in the third quarter but couldn’t hold on in the fourth.
“It was great but it doesn’t mean anything when you don’t come out with a win,” Wall said of his performance. “We didn’t make the right plays down the stretch.”
It was the ninth time Wall has scored 30 points or more. His career high is 47, set March 25 against Memphis.
Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto. Amir Johnson added 14 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 for the Raptors, who won consecutive games for the first time this season and lead the Atlantic Division with a 6-7 record.
“We made efforts to get back into this game but we had too many lapses,” Martell Webster said.
Already without injured forwards Al Harrington and Trevor Ariza, Washington lost forward Jan Vesely in the third quarter with a sore lower back.
“That’s the beast of this league,” Webster said about the spate of injuries. “You’ve got to make do with what you have. It hurts every time one of your soldiers goes down, but you’ve got to keep fighting.”
After watching a 13-point lead disappear in a forgettable third quarter, the Raptors came out firing to start the fourth. Toronto took the lead with a 9-0 run to begin the period, then answered Beal’s 3-pointer with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3s by Steve Novak and Terrence Ross, to lead 83-73 with 6:33 remaining.
Gay skipped shootaround Friday because of flu-like symptoms. He had just six points through three quarters before scoring 11 in the fourth.
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