Vaulting in front of the Raptors 3-0 has placed the Wizards in a place of joy and power. No NBA team has rallied from three games down to win a best-of-seven series.
The game was filled with tension, but the Wizards never got tight. Some of the sloppiness that plagued them at points resurfaced, they were determined to play as if their season, and not Toronto’s, was on the line.
Wall drew choruses of “M-V-P!” from the crowd by producing 19 points and 15 assists, Pierce hit two key late 3-pointers, and the Wizards closed in on a first-round playoff sweep by beating the Raptors, 106-99.
Last year, the Wizards ripped home-court advantage from the Bulls. They did it again this year to the Raptors and have an opportunity on Friday night at home for a historically insurmountable series lead.
When Wall and Beal play like they did Tuesday, combining for 54 points, and the team out-rebounds the opponent, 45-28, Washington can have supreme confidence entering any matchup.
Nothing has been more lopsided than the fight for rebounds during the first two games between the Raptors and Wizards, who Toronto playing a rough-and-tumble brand of basketball the Raptors, to this point, can’t handle.
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in suburban Phoenix.
For the first time since 1978-79, the Terrapins and Hoyas will face off in consecutive regular seasons, meeting at the Xfinity Center on Nov. 7 and the Verizon Center in 2016-17.
Scott Brooks did everything but win a championship.
The Wizards left the booming city of Toronto with a firm grip on their best-of-seven series with the Raptors. When a visiting team goes up 2-0, it wins a best-of-seven series 89.7 percent of the time.
Wall had 26 points, Bradley Beal scored 28 points and the Wizards took a two-game lead in the series, defeating the Raptors, 117-106, on Tuesday.
Wall is a flash of speed and one of the more physical guards in the league. Lowry is a scrapper who knows no way other than to fight. The duo’s talents converged this season when they started together in the All-Star Game.