Just a disappointing effort from the Raptors following a promising weekend in Florida. The Wizards used a huge advantage on the glass in the first half (28-15) to help them build a lead as big as 10 points, but the Raptors managed to claw back to 54-47 by halftime.
But instead of rallying after the break, a low-energy start to the third sent things off the rails. Led by Andray Blatche and Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards went on a 27-10 run over the course of 8:54 and the result wasn't in question from there.
Several great performances from the Wizards on Tuesday, but full marks to Gilbert Arenas, who got the start in place of star rookie John Wall at point guard and put up 20 points (7-14 FGM-A) with seven rebounds and six assists.
Arenas was also instrumental in the Wiz's third-quarter surge, scoring 10 points (including two of his three treys) during the first five minutes of the frame. The veteran guard now has totaled 50 points in his last two games and has yet another strong performance to add to his body of work against the Raptors.
On a team where poor starts are beginning to look like a persistent issue, Sonny Weems was an exception to that rule for a second straight game. On Tuesday, Weems poured in 11 of his team-high 16 points in the opening frame (on five-of-six shooting), which accounted for nearly half of the team's offence in the opening 12 minutes.
He couldn't avoid the shooting woes that plagued his teammates in the third quarter and sat of the fourth, but he's continued his recent production -- averaging 15 ppg over his last six games.
"When we were at shoot around today you guys asked me what the key to the game was. Stop Arenas, Blatche and Nick Young. Take a look at their numbers, 22 [points for Blatche], 20 [points for Arenas], and 20 [points for Young]. Obviously we didn’t do that. It’s not like we didn’t relay that same message to our players this morning. We came out a little bit flat and let those guys get a little bit of momentum going and then when we tried to pick up the intensity they’ve already got a good feeling and juice in the game."
- Jay Triano, on Tuesday's result
Wed., Nov.17 vs. 76ers
7 PM ET, Sportsnet, FAN590
The best thing the Raptors can do with Tuesday's result is put it behind them quickly and they'll get that chance as they move on to Philadelphia to close a back-to-back. The 76ers are reeling just as much as the Raps with a matching 2-9 record and have dropped four straight. Toronto has won 11 of the last 16 meetings between the clubs, including three of four games last season.
|47-36||Rebounding totals favouring the Wizards|
|40.7||Shooting percentage for the Raptors|
|28-19||Assist totals favouring the Wizards|
|36||Number of third-quarter points allowed by the Raptors|
|15.8||Scoring average for Sonny Weems over his last six games|
|“They started hitting some shots and making plays... It seemed like we got a little rushed in our offense and they took advantage."|
- Jarrett Jack, on the third quarter
|"We took a team where their strength was their rebounding ability; one of the top two rebounding teams in the league, and we outrebounded them."|
- Wizards head coach Flip Saunders on his team's effort
|"Washington did well, but I feel if we would have got our intensity up we could have done well tonight."|
- Reggie Evans, on the Raptors' level of competitiveness