EditorsNote: Resent to make Lowry scored 11 straight Raptors points
Kyle Lowry had 28 points and 12 assists and the visiting Toronto Raptors held off a late Washington rally to beat the Wizards 117-113 on Saturday night.
Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka scored 16 points apiece for Toronto, which improved to 3-0.
Bradley Beal led winless Washington with 32 points and John Wall added 25. Beal was 6 of 11 from 3-point range and passed Gilbert Arenas (868) for the franchise lead in 3-pointers and now has 870.
The Raptors, playing the second of back-to-back games, gave forward Kawhi Leonard the night off. Washington was without center Dwight Howard (lower back), who missed his second game.
Toronto outscored Washington 20-9 over the final 5:30 of the third quarter and led 90-82 to open the fourth.
The Raptors increased their lead to 13 points with 6:57 left to play but Beal hit consecutive 3-pointers to pull Washington within 106-101.
Lowry, who scored 11 straight Raptors points in the quarter, kept making shots to preserve Toronto’s lead but a 3-point play by Wall got the Wizards within 113-111 with 58 seconds left.
After the Raptors won a jump ball with 36 seconds left, Lowry’s shot was blocked but the ball went out of bounds to Toronto. Off a timeout, Fred VanVleet grabbed a loose ball and hit an off-balance jumper with 14.6 seconds to go to push the lead to four.
Wall hit two free throws with nine seconds left, but VanVleet — who finished with 13 points off the bench — hit two free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks received a pair of technical fouls and was ejected after a non-call involving Wall in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards scored 34 fast-break points to four for Toronto.
The Raptors outrebounded Washington 52-37.
Ian Mahinmi, starting in place of Howard, was again plagued by foul trouble and scored two points.
Through two games, Leonard is averaging 27.5 points and 11.5 rebounds.
—Field Level Media