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After a promising first half, the Wizards let a double-digit halftime lead slip away as they fell 88-78 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors evened the season series at two games apiece.

Similar to Tuesday night, the Wizards got off to a slow start and missed their first four shots of the night, but then turned it on near the end of the first quarter to grab a one point lead after one. They cranked up the defense in the second quarter, holding the Raptors to just 16 points and entered the half up by 11 (50-39). But then the wheels came off in the second half, as the Wizards looked like a team on the back end of a back-to-back stretch. They could not get anything to fall in the second half, making just 7 field goals in the entire half and were held to just 28 points. The team shot 33% for the game and had just 14 assists as a team, which is a difficult formula to win on the road.

John Wall led the Wizards with 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but had an off shooting night finishing just 5/17 from the field. He was a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line. Emeka Okafor finished with 17 points and eight boards, while Nene ended with 12.

Jonas Valanciunas had a career-high 24 points for the Raptors to go along with 10 boards, while DeMar DeRozan led the team with 25 points.

The Wizards return home and look to win their 9th straight game at Verizon Center on Saturday night when they host the Pacers (7pm).


Martell Webster
Points: 4
Rebounds: 3
Steals: 0

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Points: John Wall - 20
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 8
Assists: John Wall - 5
Blocks: Okafor, Nene - 1
Steals: Garrett Temple - 2