The Raptors opened Game 2 against the Wizards by getting out to a 10-point lead, in a game they had to have if they were going to have a chance at winning the best-of-seven series.
But by halftime, the Wizards had turned things around and were able to take an 11-point lead into the intermission, thanks in large part to 20 first-half points from Bradley Beal on 9-of-14 shooting.
So, what got him going? Perhaps his outburst was prompted by his opponent.
“They think that we’re some punks,” Beal said during his halftime walk-off interview. “They think that they can push us around, but … we’re not rolling.”
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It’s unclear what specifically got under Beal’s skin. But his 28 points on the night led all scorers, and the Raptors, trailing 2-0 with the series headed back to Washington, now find themselves in an impossible situation.