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Raptors fall to Wizards in OT, all but ending playoff hopes

Toronto falls four games behind Washington for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference with five games to play.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal goes by Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) on his way for a layup during the first half Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Beal, a former Gator, finishes with 28 points.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal goes by Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) on his way for a layup during the first half Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Beal, a former Gator, finishes with 28 points. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published May 7

TAMPA — Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Thursday night, and Russell Westbrook had his 34th triple double of the season in the Wizards’ 131-129 win over Toronto that all but eliminated the Raptors from the NBA’s play-in tournament.

Pascal Siakam matched his career high with 44 points for the Raptors, who lost for the fifth time in six games and fell four games behind the Wizards for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference with five games to play. Siakam missed a long 3-pointer at the end of overtime.

“We just needed one of those (shots) to go,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said, “but it was not to be.”

Beal, who played 45 minutes just a day after the Wizards lost at Milwaukee, spent most of the game trying to escape Toronto’s defensive attention.

“As soon as I walked out of the locker room, they had a guy on me,” the former Gator said. “It was tough, but it was effective. It kept me out of the game. I had to move without the ball and let my teammates make plays.”

“I think we had him turned in circles most of the night,” Nurse said.

Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. The triple double was the 180th of his career, leaving him one behind Oscar Robertson’s league record.

“I didn’t think he played one of his better games,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, “but look at the numbers.”

— BY DICK SCANLON

WASHINGTON (131): Beal 11-22 5-7 28, Gill 0-4 0-0 0, Len 4-4 2-2 10, Neto 7-11 6-6 25, Westbrook 5-19 2-4 13, Bertans 3-8 5-5 14, Gafford 0-1 0-0 0, Hutchison 2-7 2-2 7, Lopez 6-8 12-14 24, Mathews 2-4 2-3 8, Smith 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 41-94 36-43 131.

TORONTO (129): Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Siakam 17-28 8-11 44, Birch 7-11 2-2 17, Trent Jr. 8-16 4-4 25, VanVleet 7-25 4-4 22, Bembry 3-6 2-4 10, Gillespie 1-4 1-2 3, Hood 1-3 0-0 2, Flynn 2-7 0-0 4, Harris 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 47-105 21-27 129.

Washington 31 20 31 33 16 — 131

Toronto 33 27 26 29 14 — 129

3-Point Goals—Washington 13-30 (Neto 5-7, Bertans 3-8, Mathews 2-3, Westbrook 1-6, Gill 0-2, Smith 0-2), Toronto 14-38 (Trent Jr. 5-10, VanVleet 4-12, Bembry 2-3, Siakam 2-6, Birch 1-2, Hood 0-2, Johnson 0-2). Fouled Out—Washington 1 (Westbrook), Toronto 2 (Bembry, Johnson). Rebounds—Washington 47 (Westbrook 17), Toronto 50 (Siakam 11). Assists—Washington 29 (Westbrook 17), Toronto 23 (Siakam 7). Total Fouls—Washington 22, Toronto 30. A—2,494 (20,500).Text goes here