Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Paul Pierce had his arms wrapped around
John Wall and Bradley Beal as the trio shared a chuckle on the bench in the
A smiling Wall waved his towel and strutted in the corner as he cheered on
some of his seldom-used teammates.
Sunday’s series finale between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors was
never in doubt.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Wall added 14 points and 10
assists and Washington routed Toronto 125-94 to sweep their Eastern Conference
The Wizards have won their first-round playoff series in consecutive years
after winning just two in the 34 seasons prior. Sunday also marked the first
time they swept an opponent in a seven-game series.
Washington immediately raced out to a big advantage and led by as many as 37
in the second half.
Toronto, meanwhile, failed to win a playoff game after setting a franchise
record for victories.
Beal posted 23 points, five assists and four steals and Pierce scored 14 for
the fifth-seeded Wizards, who shot 55.4 percent (41-of-74) from the field and
made 15-of-26 from beyond the arc.
They will play either top-seeded Atlanta or eighth-seeded Brooklyn in the
conference semifinals. The Hawks lead that series 2-1.
Kyle Lowry recorded 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Toronto,
which has tallied just one playoff series victory in its history — a first-
round win over New York in 2001.
Nene’s jumper midway through the opening frame capped a 9-1 spurt and staked
the hosts to an 18-8 margin.
The Wizards, who made 13-of-15 attempts from the foul line in the first while
Toronto made its lone try, were up 36-22 following a quarter of play and took
a 66-50 cushion into the break.
Pierce hit a pair of early triples in the third to extend the advantage to 22
and Beal sunk three foul shots in the waning moments of the period after being
fouled on a 3 to make it a 102-70 spread going into the fourth.
The Wizards scored 24 points off 16 Toronto turnovers … Lowry finished 5-
of-23 from long distance in the series … Washington finished 28-of-34 from
the foul line … The Raptors were 7-of-25 from beyond the arc.