Trevor Ariza put down his plate of chicken long enough for a brief postgame interview, but he wasn’t about to stop eating.
Ariza scored the go-ahead basket on a fast-break layup with 1:20 left in the third overtime and the Washington Wizards outlasted Toronto 134-129 on Thursday night to win the longest game by time in Raptors franchise history. At 3:32, the game was 10 minutes longer than the previous Toronto record, a 3:22, triple-OT loss to the Nets in England on March 5, 2011.
”I was ready for this one tonight,” Ariza said of his meal, practically a midnight snack. ”It was the longest game in the world. You give it all so at the end of the game you’re just totally drained.”
Would he be having seconds after playing nearly 50 minutes?
”Oh, I’m going get some more,” Ariza said. ”This is not the end of it.”
Even watching this one was draining, whether you were in the stands or on the sidelines.
‘My feet and back are hurting and I didn’t even play,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. Associated Press
What a game! I love seeing passion in the game and no one wanted to give it up! I can’t even talk about how everything went down without using crazy superlatives and rambling on and on about how amazing it was! Ok, enough of the exclamations.
The Wizards have had issues staying over .500 for years. In fact, they hadn’t been above .500 in over three years before three weeks ago (I’m a loyal listener to the Tony Kornheriser Show; needless to say, I know an inordinate amount of obscure facts about the Wizards). They are finally the sort of grit that playoff teams need to be successful.
The Raptors are currently third in the East, but might drop further despite their valiant effort because of various tiny injuries that occurred during this game such as Terrence Ross’ ankle sprain. The Chicago Bulls are only a half game back and attempting to improve their roster via waivers.
At least the East is improving as the year goes along. There was a point during the season where only the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers had a positive win-loss record. We have reason to hope, I think. – AL
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