Nene missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore right knee and Emeka Okafor picked up two quick fouls, but the Wizards got a much-needed boost from reserve big men Kevin Seraphin and Jan Vesely, the seldom-used 2011 No. 6 overall pick. Seraphin scored 11 of his 13 points and Vesely scored all nine of his points in the first half when the Wizards scored 60 points for the sixth time this season. Vesely had his highest scoring output in more than two months, providing some high energy with eight rebounds and highlight play as he caught a pass from backup point guard A.J. Price for an alley-oop dunk.
“They really stepped up,” Okafor said of Vesely and Seraphin after posting his 20th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. “Kevin was out there scoring points, playing D and boarding. Jan gave us some buckets and a great defensive effort.”
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Beal made a step-back three-pointer to give the Wizards a 36-33 lead in the second quarter but appeared to be a bit rusty in the first half. But after getting his legs under him, Beal made his presence felt in the third period. Wittman put Beal back in the game after the Raptors cut a 16-point lead in half, and Beal made three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to give the Wizards a 79-64 lead. Beal made another wide open three-pointer from the left corner and then sucked in the defense before dropping off a pass to Okafor a dunk that gave the Wizards an 86-66 lead.
Then, the Wizards went into a slumber and allowed the Raptors to go on a 20-6 run over the next six minutes. Gay scored six straight points and brought his team within 92-86 when he drove baseline and made a difficult layup off the glass. Okafor helped settle down his teammates as he scored five of the next seven points to extend the lead to double digits.
Late in the fourth quarter, Wittman drew up a play for Martell Webster on the right side of the basket during a timeout, but Webster deferred and told Wittman that Beal needed to be in that position to take the shot. Webster said Wittman looked back at him and told him, “You’re right about that.”
Wittman adjusted the play and the Wizards worked the ball to Beal, who faked a shot then penetrated for a layup that went high off the backboard put the game out of reach.
“It was amazing,” Webster said. “That was extraordinary shooting. That’s what he can do.”