The Wizards went north of the border to Toronto and got a win over the Raptors in a defensive struggle, 90-84. The win is the third straight for the Wizards after wins over Denver and Houston over the weekend.

The game started off with both teams ice cold as the score was just 17-16 in favor of Washington after one. Both teams were playing good defense and were also having trouble finding rhythm offensively. The second saw the Wizards get on track and take an eight point lead at the half while holding the Raptors to 16 points in the quarter again. The 32 points scored by Toronto in the first half tied their season low offensive output at the break. The second half saw the game pick up offensively but the Wizards remained in control throughout. The Raptors would cut the lead to three midway through the third but the Wizards would extend it back to nine by the end of the quarter. The Raptors would not come any closer than five during the fourth quarter thanks to some clutch baskets by Nene (9 of his 11 points in the fourth) and good free throw shooting. The end result was a six point Wizards win.

The Wizards relied on their defense in this one as they held the Raptors to just 36.7% shooting. On the offensive end, Bradley Beal once again led the way with 20 points, the fourth time in the last seven he's scored at least 20. AJ Price provided a big spark off the bench, scoring 12 points on 5/7 shooting. Three other Wizards finished in double figures as Webster had 12, Nene had 11 points and nine rebounds and Wall had 10 points and seven assists. Okafor had eight points and 13 rebounds.

Demar DeRozan was the game’s high scorer with 25 points for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry had 18.

Next up for the Wizards, the Pistons invade the Verizon Center on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 7pm.

Martell Webster
Points: 12
Steals: 1
Rebounds: 0

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Points: Bradley Beal - 20
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 13
Assists: John Wall - 7
Blocks: Nene - 1
Steals: Chris Singleton - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the team effort:

"These are the kinds of things that we’ve talked about since we’ve been heading in the direction we’re going. You’re not going to have an offensive game where you’re clicking or you’re playing as well as you want and you have to find a way to win those games. We’ve, with our defence, have done that. We haven’t played particularly well at times offensively but our defence gives us a chance. I thought that’s what happened tonight. Both teams in the first half really struggled to make shots, missing easy looks, but I thought we stayed after it defensively and we stayed after it offensively. "

Bradley Beal Postgame

On the team effort:

"It is just me being more comfortable. I feel a lot more comfortable a lot more confidence as well. It is just a learning process for me, it has been like that whole year. So now the game is slowing down for me so I am making easier reads. I am starting to learn how teams are playing me and I am just playing off of that."

John Wall Postgame

Martell Webster Postgame

On Bradley Beal:

“He has been playing great basketball the last two weeks. The kid is balling. As long as he can keep his mind focused and stays hungry. His sense of urgency for the game is immaculate right now, he has a great rhythm and lets hope he keeps riding it."

A.J. Price Postgame