The Raptors put all the distance they needed between them and the Wizards early as their reserves came in late first-quarter and turned a back-and-forth affair into a blowout by midway through the second.
With the game tied 21-21 with 4:05 to play in the first quarter, the Raptors reeled off a 26-8 run over the course of roughly seven minutes of play. They maintained that momentum to cap their most impressive first half of the season and put the Wizards down for the count.
DeMar DeRozan hinted at a bounce back performance earlier this week and delivered with an aggressive, efficient 20-point effort that led his team for the first time this season. DeRozan also got to the line seven times and drilled his only attempt from behind the arc to help him to his first 20 points or more scoring effort since Miami on Nov. 13.
"Just be aggressive," DeRozan said of any change in his approach. "These last few games, I was struggling. I didn't let it get me down in no type of way because I've been through the same type of thing last year. I've just got to figure it out and keep going."
The Raptor got big games from new young pieces in Jerryd Bayless and Ed Davis. Bayless brought a complete game that saw him mix up his offence both inside and out and play solid defence on top rookie John Wall. He'd finish with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Davis showed exactly what he can offer the Raptors with eleven points on a series of put backs and dunks, six boards and great instincts as a defender, using his quick hops and long arms to block two shots and disrupt several others.
"We got a little sloppy with the basketball, I thought. But that's what an aggressive team is going to do. They're going to come from behind, they're going to look for steals and they're going to make it look like they are running away and come back. We had to address it during one of the timeouts, but for the most part we took care of the basketball, especially against their press and their scrappy play."
- Jay Triano, on sustaining the big lead
Fri., Dec. 3 vs. Thunder
7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
The Raps enter their first matchup of the season against the Thunder with a little momentum, which is good, because no other club stung them quite like OKC last season. The Thunder could be missing star forward Kevin Durant, who's day-to-day with a sprained left knee. Durant sat out of the Thunder's 123-120 triple-OT win over the Nets on Wednesday, but they received a monster game from guard Russell Westbrook, who finished with 38 points, 15 rebounds and nine dimes.
|52||Total rebounds for Raptors, a season high|
|7-11||Raptors record with the win. The same record they had after 18 games in 2009-10|
|127||Season high in points for the Raptors|
|+112||Margin the Raptors bench has outscored their opponents by in seven consecutive games|
|62||Season high points in the paint total for the Raptors|
|"It’s fast. It’s faster and longer than I thought it was going to be."|
- Ed Davis, on his first regular-season game with the Raptors
|"Just an embarrassing effort. There are always ways you can make excuses, been on the road, long trip, playing every other day in different cities, but that’s what this league is about."|
- Wizards head coach Flip Saunders on on his team's loss
|"We ran twice and he said that he is feeling tired, but he did a great job. He got a lot of rebounds and he helped us. He can be a really good player for us for sure"|
- Jose Calderon, on the debut of Ed Davis