The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Toronto Raptors controlled their home court in the first two games of their series with the Washington Wizards. ESPN's Rachel Nichols sat down with the Raptors backcourt to discuss their friendship and their desires of bringing a championship to Canada. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's look at the three takeaways from Game 3. At that time, the Wizards were still considered Eastern Conference Finals contenders, and the sky was seemingly the limit.

As for the Wizards, Beal has to finally show up at home following his Game 2 no-show.

Momentum can change quickly in a playoff series and with Friday's win over Toronto, suddenly the Wizards find themselves right back in the series. Wall has been the team's most reliable fantasy performer in this series with 26 points, 12 assists, and two steals per game. When Beal was asked about that meeting during this morning's shoot around he said, "I guess he figured I wasn't shooting the ball enough and I guess he thought that was his fault".

A sequence of heated incidents resulting in five technical fouls ignited tensions during the Washington Wizards' 122-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their first-round series Friday night. His scoring is inconsistent, but he is averaging 10.5 boards and 2.5 blocks. "But John and Brad are the heads of the snake, and we've got to cut them off". Instead, they shared it perfectly like selfless teammates. Neither margin was overwhelming but the Wizards looked out of sorts and thoroughly unprepared to mount any sort of resistance against Toronto's deep roster.

The first quarter clearly belonged to Beal, as he went 5-for-7 and scored 12 points. In the fourth quarter, the Raptors shut them down after a CJ Miles three point shot gave them energy.

The first altercation occurred during the opening minutes of the first quarter.

He spent the first five minutes of the quarter on the bench, but re-entered the game at the 8:33 mark and flat out took over.

Toronto averages 48.6 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the National Basketball Association.

"You can't turn the ball over 19 times for 28 points", Toronto coach Dwane Casey told the Globe and Mail.

The Wizards are 40-22 when they reach 100 points, while the Raptors are 55-15.

The Washington Wizards host the Toronto Raptors on Friday night at Capital One Arena. And for better or for worse, both Beal and Wall also introduced a bit of physicality to the mix.

Amid it all, the hosts just kept pulling further and further away. Technicals were handed out to Beal, Wall and Ibaka. He'll need to start doing so in Game 3 or the Wizards risk saying goodbye to any hopes they may have of coming back in this series. A year ago, when they were eliminated in the seventh game of the second round by the Boston Celtics, the Wizards didn't lose a game at home during the post-season, going an impressive 6-0.

Bradley Beal - Beal has had a habit of raising his game in the playoffs, but that hasn't happened yet thus far.

On a night when the Raptors were uncharacteristically sloppy, the Wizards took full advantage and rode strong performances from their own pair of star guards to win 122-103.

James had a team-high 28 points to go with 12 rebounds and eight assists, but it was Bojan Bogdanovic's 30-point performance, 19 of which came in the second half, that led in to a 2-1 series lead. He did that for us, and he took a big hit today and foul trouble. Toronto did what they were supposed to do. "Now we know what to expect on Sunday, how they're going to play at home". We gotta do the same. It wasn't something new when I got into the game, so the starters did a great job. It starts with us [John Wall and Bradley Beal]. Even Bebe Nogueira has popped up with a crucial stretch of play. Whether we tweak a player here or there - we still have the prerogative to do that - but we believe in our second unit, they are going to be out there. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.



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