The Washington Wizards earned a 131-129 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night to strengthen their hold on the East's final Play-In spot.
With just over a week remaining in the regular season, Washington now has a four-game lead over Toronto in the standings.
If you missed any action from a wild one, check below for live score updates, news, stats and highlights from a game that's crucial to Toronto's postseason hopes.
Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
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Final: Washington Wizards 131, Toronto Raptors 129
10:36 p.m. - After the Wizards split a pair of free throws, Pascal Siakam missed a 3 with an opportunity to win it.
Toronto falls by two but Siakam tied a career-high with 44 points.
10:34 p.m. - The Wizards learned their lesson and fouled.
Fred VanVleet connected on both free throws to make it Wizards 130, Raptors 129 with under five seconds remaining.
The foul game continues.
10:32 p.m. - Wizards 130, Raptors 127 with 7.3 seconds left.
Do the Raptors have any more game-tying heroics left?
10:29 p.m. - Pascal Siakam has tied his career-high with 44 points, courtesy of an and-one finish.
Wizards 128, Raptors 127 with 8.6 seconds remaining.
What. A. Finish.
10:26 p.m. - It's not over.
A turnover from Russell Westbrook and two free throws from the Raptors make it a two-point game.
Wizards 126, Raptors 124 with 15.5 seconds remaining.
Westbrook has fouled out so Washington will have to win without its point guard.
10:18 p.m. - Timeout on the floor as the Wizards lead 124-120 with 45.5 seconds remaining.
Khem Birch will step to the line after the time.
A successful coach's challenge from Scott Brooks has overturned the call, and Robin Lopez will step to the line for Washington to potentially make it a six-point game.
10:17 p.m. - Pascal Siakam splits another pair of free throws and the Raptors trail by two.
Washington 122, Toronto 120 with under a minute remaining in OT.
10:13 p.m. - We're midway through overtime and it's a three-point Washington lead.
Wizards lead 120-117 with 2:30 on the clock.
End of Regulation: Toronto Raptors 115, Washington Wizards 115
10:06 p.m. - How about some free basketball?
For the first time this season, the Raptors are headed to overtime.
10:04 p.m. - FRED VANVLEET TIES IT.
With 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation the score is 115-115, courtesy of a CLUTCH 3 from Fred VanVleet.
BET ON YOURSELF!!!! pic.twitter.com/XG2rwlBovQ- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 7, 2021
Washington has a chance to win it here.
10:00 p.m. - Siakam splits the free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Stanley Johnson forces a jumpball.
What a wild finish in Tampa.
9:57 p.m. - Down two with under 20 seconds left, Pascal Siakam misses the first of two free throws.
Wizards 111, Raptors 109 with 19.8 left. Timeout on the floor.
Siakam will step back to the line after the break.
9:51 p.m. - Just under two minutes remain and we've got a tight one.
Raptors 108, Wizards 107 with 1:33 remaining.
Toronto has the ball and an opportunity to extend the lead.
9:41 p.m. - After briefly falling behind, a 3 from Gary Trent Jr. puts Toronto back in the lead.
Raptors 101, Wizards 99 with 4:15 left in regulation.
Timeout Washington, which looks to get back in the lead.
9:33 p.m. - We're about midway through the fourth and it's a one-possession game.
Raptors 96, Wizards 94 with 6:16 remaining in regulation.
This one is looking like one that will have quite the finish.
End of Third Quarter: Toronto Raptors 86, Washington Wizards 82
9:19 p.m. - Three quarters down, one to play, and the Raptors are still in the lead.
Pascal Siakam leads all scorers with an efficient 26 points (on 10-for-19 shooting) to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. Gary Trent Jr. is up to 17 points and is Toronto's second-leading scorer.
After a big third-quarter performance, Raul Neto leads the way for Washington with 18 points, while Bradley Beal has scored 14. Russell Westbrook has nine points on 4-for-13 shooting but it's worth remembering that he's one of the league's most efficient clutch performers, meaning a big fourth could be on the way.
9:11 p.m. - We've got a tight one on our hands as the third frame winds down.
With just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining, Toronto leads by four.
It's Raptors 82, Wizards 78 with 2:37 left in the third frame.
8:55 p.m. - After again trailing by 13, the Wizards have responded with an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to five points.
Toronto leads 71-66 with 7:32 left in the third.
Raul Neto is up to 15 points (on 5-for-7 shooting) while Russell Westbrook is well on his way to another triple-double with nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds to his name early in the second half.
Nick Nurse has signalled for a timeout for the Raptors to regroup.
Halftime: Toronto Raptors 60, Washington Wizards 51
8:30 p.m. - After leading by as many as 13, the Raptors take a nine-point lead into the halftime break.
It was an impressive first half for Toronto, which is led by four double-digit scorers. Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher have each scored a game-high 13 points, while Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet have scored 10 points apiece.
VanVleet has dished out five assists while Siakam has dished out four of his own.
For the Wizards, Davis Bertans leads the way with 11 points off the bench while Bradley Beal has nine points and three assists. Russell Westbrook has four points, seven rebounds and seven assists but is just 2-for-8 from the field and has committed five turnovers.
As a team, the Raptors are shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from deep.
8:25 p.m - Just over three minutes remain in the half and Toronto's lead has reached double-digits.
The Raptors lead 56-46 with 3:28 left in the second.
It was a triple from Khem Birch that put Toronto up by 10. Birch (11) joins Pascal Siakam (13) and Fred VanVleet (10) as the third Raptor in double figures on the night.
8:12 p.m. - Back-to-back 3s from DeAndre' Bembry give the Raptors a six-point lead.
DR3 pic.twitter.com/m7cBaEQHUG- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 7, 2021
Toronto is up 43-37 early on in the second frame.
The Raptors are stepping up so far in the absence of a number of key contributors.
End of First Quarter: Toronto Raptors 33, Washington Wizards 31
8:04 p.m. - Toronto is in the lead after one.
It's been a Pascal Siakam night so far, as the fifth-year forward is up to a game-high 13 points, shooting 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-4 from deep. He's also dished out a team-high three assists.
MORE ART pic.twitter.com/fbJqd0bKJV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 6, 2021
Bradley Beal leads the way for the Wizards with nine points (on 4-for-7 shooting).
The Raptors have knocked down six triples at a 54.5 percent clip while the Wizards shot 4-for-10 from deep in the first.
7:49 p.m. - We've reached the first break of the action and Toronto leads by two.
The Raptors are up 18-16 with 6:32 left in the first.
In his return to the floor, Gary Trent Jr. is up to six points, tied with Khem Birch for a game-high. Toronto is shooting a red-hot 4-for-5 from deep early on to start.
Washington is led by five points from both Bradley Beal and Raul Neto.
7:00 p.m. - The Raptors are going with a starting lineup of Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Stanley Johnson, Pascal Siakam and Khem Birch.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/uD30XxwHDY- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 6, 2021
Starting for the Wizards: Russell Westbrook. Raul Neto, Bradley Beal, Anthony Gill and Alex Len.
Starters vs. TOR- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 6, 2021
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G - @RaulTogni
G - @RealDealBeal23
F - Anthony Gill
C - @alexlen #WizRaptors | @GEICO pic.twitter.com/sRCew1dMNF
6:20 p.m. - Aron Baynes joins Toronto's inactive list as he's been ruled out with a foot contusion.
4:45 p.m. - Kyle Lowry has been ruled out for rest. He joins OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Yuta Watanabe and Paul Watson as Raptors that will be inactive on Thursday night.
The Wizards will be without Deni Avdija, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura.
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