The playoffs came early to the ACC on Thursday night. Then kept going, and going ...
In the end, minus most of its top defenders, Toronto faded down the stretch of a third overtime, dropping a marathon against the Washington Wizards 134-129.
Marcin Gortat shrugged off a 1-for-6 start for the visitors to demolish the Raptors in a 31-point, 12-rebound clinic and John Wall added 31 of his own, mostly scored at the rim.
DeMar DeRozan’s 34 and 26 from Greivis Vasquez — 19 after the second quarter — couldn’t put them over the top either.
Toronto wasn’t the best team on the floor Thursday night, but sometimes grit and tenacity can get you pretty far and these Raptors have plenty of that. It allowed a team getting decimated in the paint and on the boards to have not one, but two opportunities to win the game at various buzzers.