The hot Raptors were too much for the Wizards on Tuesday night at Verizon Center, taking down the Wizards for the third time this year, 103-93. The Wizards, who trailed by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter, went on a 15-1 run late to cut the lead to six but it was not enough. The run was seemingly sparked by Randy Wittman's first ejection of the season. Toronto shot the ball exceptionally well, shooting 56.8% from the field, 43.8% from three and 80% from the charity stripe. Wall led the Wizards with 22 points and seven assists while Gortat had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. The Raptors balanced attack put six into double figures led by Kyle Lowry with 24 points.
With the Wizards trailing by 20 with about six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, a light switch seemed to go on for the team. They went on a 15-1 run, led by seven from Nene, to close the gap to six with 1:30 to go. The Raptors would not allow it to get any closer than that though as they scored the game's final four points to close out the Wizards.
Player of the Game
Kyle Lowry was excellent for the Raptors, scoring 24 points and dishing out 10 assists. He shot 8/19 from the field, 2/5 from three and also chipped in a pair of steals.
56.8%. The Raptors simply shot the lights out in this one, shooting well over 50%. They needed to shoot that well as they only took 74 shots, primarily due to grabbing only two offensive rebounds.
Booker was very efficient in his 14 minutes of work off the bench, scoring 10 points on 5/6 shooting.
By: Jacob Raim