Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — 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 Washington 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 left 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,” he 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. It was the sixth triple-double in seven games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game.