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96

The Wizards never could find their rhythm on offense and fell to the Raptors in both teams return from the all-star break, 96-88. The loss was just the Wizards second at home over their last 10 games.

The game was a unique one as the scoreboard and clocks were not working, so a makeshift scoreboard was set up by the scorer's table. The PA announcer let the teams know when the shot clock was winding down. The Raptors would have the upper hand early as they opened up an eight point lead after the first quarter, holding the Wizards to just 19. That eight point first quarter deficit would prove to be the difference as the game was played to a draw the rest of the way, with the Raptors ending with the eight point margin of victory. The Wizards would cut the lead to as few as four in the fourth quarter but would never get closer.

Bradley Beal was the game's high scorer with 25 points, on 9/19 shooting. Three other Wizards finished with double figures including Webster with 16, Okafor with 12 and Booker with 10. Okafor, Webster and Booker all shot 50% or better from the field.

The Raptors were led by Gay and Derozan, who each had 24, together accounting for half of the Raptors 96 points.

The Wizards will look to get back on track at the Verizon Center on Friday night against the Nuggets.


Trevor Booker
Points: 10
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 1

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Points: Bradley Beal - 25
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 9
Assists: John Wall - 6
Blocks: John Wall - 2
Steals: Ariza and Wall - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the Wizards’ offense tonight:

“It’s going to be hard for us, the way our team is made up, to win games playing like this. It’s hard to overcome. And we keep making a push and cutting it, but offensively, you’re right. We just never really got into a flow or rhythm all night long. And we paid for it.”

Bradley Beal Postgame

On the game:

“We have to blame ourselves. We are the ones playing and the ones out there who have to make shots. We didn’t put the ball in the hole and we didn’t get stops. Yes, they did make a lot of tough shots, but we gave up at the end. We just have to keep battling through the whole game.”

John Wall Postgame

On his troubles:

“I just didn’t make shots. They got in the zone, took the ball out of the passing lanes. It was one of those nights we didn’t make open shots and we missed a couple of easy layups.”

Martell Webster Postgame