DeMar DeRozan was struggling from the field, and got stuck with Paul Pierce in his mug after picking up his dribble near the elbow with the scored knotted at 83 and less than 20 seconds left. But he managed to pump-fake and step past Paul to get an open look and drain the game-winner with 12.9 seconds left. It was a Paul Pierce move on Pierce.
Kyle Lowry blocked his All-Star backcourt mate, John Wall, on a layup attempt on the other end.
And Wall missed a three-point try at the top of the key as the clock expired, even though he made a solid Reggie Miller-inspired attempt to draw a foul on Jonas Valanciunas in the process.
It was a big Raptors home win before the break against one of their primary rivals in a cluttered Eastern Conference playoff race. The Wiz currently sit at the five-seed, just 3.5 games back of the two-seeded Raptors.
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