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Wizards show some fight, top Raps 122-103, get series to 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) All of about 2 1/2 minutes into the game, Washington forward Markieff Morris and Toronto's OG Anunoby needed to be separated after a near-fight that drew in other players.

Early in the third quarter Friday night, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was called for a flagrant foul when he swiped a hand across Bradley Beal's forehead as the Wizards guard went in for a breakaway layup. Later in that period, things really came close to spiraling out of control, but John Wall's bodyguard interceded when Washington's All-Star jawed with Toronto's Serge Ibaka.

As that scene unfolded on the court, spectators directed ''U-S-A! U-S-A!'' chants at the opponents from Canada, and Bruce Springsteen's ''Born in the U.S.A.'' blared over the arena's speakers. Amid all the ruckus, Beal and Wall kept their heads and helped the Wizards pull further and further away for a 122-103 victory.

What was once a dull, lopsided series is suddenly quite interesting.

Beal heeded his coach's plea to ''do his job'' by scoring 21 of his 28 points in the first half, Wall delivered 28 points and 14 assists, and the eighth-seeded Wizards cut their Eastern Conference first-round playoff deficit to 2-1.

''We're not going out to try to box every game,'' Beal said, before describing Morris as ''a bully with a smile.''

Added Beal: ''We came out tonight with an edge about ourselves.''

After letting the Raptors grab the first 2-0 series lead in franchise history, the Wizards came home and checked off every box coach Scott Brooks presented. They got Beal more involved after he made only three shots in Game 2; they actually led after the first quarter, 30-29; they produced 19 turnovers that led to 28 points.

''They came out and punched us,'' Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. ''And we allowed them to.''

He meant that figuratively, of course, but the choice of words sure seemed apt.

The Raptors did appear to take the worse of the physical nature of the game.

DeMar DeRozan, who led Toronto with 23 points, wore a Band-Aid under his right eye afterward. Reserve Pascal Siakam held a bag of ice over a cut on his lip that required three stitches.

''Ain't nobody fighting out here,'' said Lowry, who had 19 points and eight assists. ''I mean, it got physical, but ain't nobody fighting. It's a heated moment, but that's the game of basketball.''

Each team boasts a pair of elite, All-Star guards. This time, Washington's pair came out on top.

The start initially had the look of ''Here we go again,'' as Toronto moved ahead 27-18. The Raptors, after all, outscored Washington by an average of 11 points in the first period over Games 1 and 2. But this time, Washington responded with a 12-point run capped by Beal's 3 with under a minute left.

Beal scored 12 in the quarter a day after he, Wall and Brooks met to discuss ways to get Beal more involved in the offense. Entering Friday, Beal was averaging only 14 points in the playoffs, well below his 22.6 average during the regular season.

''We need both our guys to step up,'' Brooks said about Beal and Wall. ''It was good tonight.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: G Fred VanVleet was out again because of a bruised right shoulder. The reserve missed Game 1, then was available for Game 2, but played only three minutes. ''He looked good in practice and, for whatever reason, it was different in the game,'' Casey said. ''Couldn't really catch the ball. Wasn't effective shooting the ball or handling the ball. He'll be day to day.''

Wizards: Had lost seven of their past eight games. ... Outshot the Raptors 55 percent to 45 percent on field-goal tries.

NO MO' MOHAWK

After considering dropping C Marcin Gortat from the starting lineup in favor of F Mike Scott, Brooks left things as-is. Sure worked out: Gortat responded with his best showing of these playoffs, contributing 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Asked to explain why Gortat fared so well, Brooks joked: ''He got an age-appropriate haircut,'' a reference to the center's decision to shave his mohawk.

UP NEXT:

Game 4 is at Washington on Sunday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
B. Beal
3 SG
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
22.6 Pts. Per Game 22.6
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
45.6 Field Goal % 46.1
45.6 Three Point % 46.0
82.5 Free Throw % 79.1
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:04
+ 2 Lorenzo Brown made driving layup, assist by Norman Powell 0:28
+ 2 Kelly Oubre made floating jump shot, assist by Tim Frazier 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Tim Frazier 0:45
  Lorenzo Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
  Team rebound 1:06
  Kelly Oubre missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky 1:19
  Norman Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:22
+ 2 Kelly Oubre made driving dunk, assist by Tim Frazier 1:29
+ 1 Jakob Poeltl made free throw 1:38
Team Stats
Points 103 122
Field Goals 37-82 (45.1%) 47-85 (55.3%)
3-Pointers 12-28 (42.9%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 17-19 (89.5%) 18-20 (90.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 44
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 26 32
Team 9 5
Assists 20 29
Steals 8 10
Blocks 4 8
Turnovers 18 11
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 3 3
19 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
28 PTS, 6 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Raptors 2-1 29322121103
home team logo Wizards 1-2 30393221122
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 2-1 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Wizards 1-2 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Wall PG 19.4 PPG 3.7 RPG 9.6 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 23 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
J. Wall PG 28 PTS 6 REB 14 AST
45.1 FG% 55.3
42.9 3PT FG% 43.5
89.5 FT% 90.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 35 23 3 4 1 1 3 1 10/22 1/3 2/2 0 3 33 -17
K. Lowry 34 19 4 8 3 0 5 5 6/14 5/8 2/2 1 3 37 -4
J. Valanciunas 23 14 5 1 2 0 2 2 6/8 1/1 1/1 2 3 21 0
O. Anunoby 26 12 3 1 1 0 1 2 4/5 2/3 2/2 0 3 17 -6
S. Ibaka 28 3 6 2 0 0 3 1 1/4 0/1 1/2 1 5 10 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 35 23 3 4 1 1 3 1 10/22 1/3 2/2 0 3 33 -17
K. Lowry 34 19 4 8 3 0 5 5 6/14 5/8 2/2 1 3 37 -4
J. Valanciunas 23 14 5 1 2 0 2 2 6/8 1/1 1/1 2 3 21 0
O. Anunoby 26 12 3 1 1 0 1 2 4/5 2/3 2/2 0 3 17 -6
S. Ibaka 28 3 6 2 0 0 3 1 1/4 0/1 1/2 1 5 10 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 23 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 2/7 1/5 4/5 0 1 12 -22
D. Wright 19 6 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/8 0/2 2/2 0 1 10 -15
N. Powell 6 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 1/3 1/3 2/2 0 0 6 -2
J. Poeltl 9 5 4 0 0 1 2 3 2/3 0/0 1/1 2 2 8 -11
P. Siakam 16 5 4 1 0 1 0 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 1 3 12 -7
L. Brown 12 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 0
L. Nogueira 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -7
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. VanVleet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 34 20 8 4 18 20 37/82 12/28 17/19 8 26 171 -95
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 36 28 6 14 4 1 3 1 12/23 0/4 4/5 0 6 64 +12
B. Beal 38 28 4 4 3 0 1 3 10/19 4/9 4/5 0 4 42 +19
M. Gortat 25 16 5 1 0 0 1 2 8/10 0/0 0/0 4 1 22 +12
O. Porter 30 8 8 2 0 2 1 2 3/7 2/3 0/0 0 8 21 +9
M. Morris 18 7 1 1 0 0 0 3 2/3 1/1 2/2 0 1 10 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 36 28 6 14 4 1 3 1 12/23 0/4 4/5 0 6 64 +12
B. Beal 38 28 4 4 3 0 1 3 10/19 4/9 4/5 0 4 42 +19
M. Gortat 25 16 5 1 0 0 1 2 8/10 0/0 0/0 4 1 22 +12
O. Porter 30 8 8 2 0 2 1 2 3/7 2/3 0/0 0 8 21 +9
M. Morris 18 7 1 1 0 0 0 3 2/3 1/1 2/2 0 1 10 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Scott 28 12 3 2 1 0 2 2 4/4 2/2 2/2 1 2 18 +13
K. Oubre 25 12 4 0 1 2 1 2 5/9 0/3 2/2 0 4 18 +13
I. Mahinmi 11 6 2 1 1 3 0 4 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 0 14 +6
T. Lawson 15 5 4 2 0 0 2 1 1/4 1/1 2/2 0 4 11 +7
J. Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
T. Satoransky 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
T. Frazier 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 -1
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Meeks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 122 39 29 10 8 11 21 47/85 10/23 18/20 7 32 226 +95