Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Toronto started off strong as Serge Ibaka dropped 10 points within the first 7 minutes of the game. OG Anunoby was on fire from behind the arc, knocking down 3 three-pointers. With 4:44 remaining in the 1st quarter, DeMar DeRozan threw an over-the-shoulder no look pass to Anunoby, who nailed the shot. Washington was led by Marcin Gortat's 6 points. Toronto led 34-27 after one.
Jonas Valanciunas dominated the Wizards by scoring 11 points, while Norman Powell scored 8 off the bench. The Raptors turned the ball over 5 times, which allowed the Wizards to cut the lead. Both teams had relatively good ball movement, combining for 11 assists. The Raptors led 62-55 going into halftime.
Washington's Bradley Beal went off in the 3rd quarter, exploding for 17 points. Otto Porter Jr. added 6 points of his own for Washington. DeRozan answered back with 11 points and Kyle Lowry added on 8. Toronto forced 4 turnovers, but Washington still led at the end of the quarter. With one period left to play, the Raptors trailed 87-88.
Lowry and DeRozan refused to give up, combining for 22 points in the final quarter. Jodie Meeks came off the bench for Washington and dropped 10 points on Toronto. Meeks rarely gets playing time, but he will be seeing an increase with John Wall out for an extended period of time. The Raptors definitely did not game-plan on how to contain Meeks. After going back and forth with the lead in the final 2 minutes, Washington was able to pull away with the higher score. The Raptors were defeated by the Wizards 119-122.
Kyle Lowry: 29pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
DeMar DeRozan: 23pts, 5 rebounds, 6 assists
Jonas Valanciunas: 17pts, 6 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 16pts
OG Anunoby: 11pts
Norman Powell: 8pts
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