DeMar DeRozan only hit one shot in the fourth quarter; that was all the Raptors needed from him. DeRozan hit a tough jumper with 12.9 seconds remaining over Paul Pierce as the Raptors win 95-93 and sweep the Wizards 3-0 on the season. DeRozan ended the game with 23 points and Lou Williams was the game’s high scorer with 27 off the Toronto bench.
The Wizards were dominant in the paint to start this game. They scored 22 of their first 25 points in the key in the first quarter. Nene had one of his more efficient games this season scoring 14 points on 7-8 shooting. The big man did not force anything tonight and played within the system.
The Raptors opened the second quarter with three threes in as many possessions. Lou Williams, notoriously a Wizards killer, hit two of the three sandwiched around a three pointer from Vazquez. Andre Miller struggled guarding whoever he was matched up on; Williams or Vazquez.
Kevin Seraphin did his best to keep the Raptors from pulling away as he hit three shots in key moments during the second quarter to end runs by the Raptors. After their first three three pointers, the Raptors missed their next 12 shots from the field. The Wizards were able to take the lead to go up three but it didn’t feel like they took full advantage of the Raptors’ drought. The Raps were able to regain the lead and were up 49-47 at halftime.
The third quarter did not start out well for the Wizards as they committed two turnovers on their first two possessions; one from Gortat and one from Nene. Gortat was able to keep his composure and hit two shots including a nice one off the glass to tie the game at 55 early in the third. The Wizards went on a 14-3 run midway through the quarter and this looked like the run that might enable them to finally get a victory over this Toronto squad. Unfortunately, the Raptors always had an answer.
The Raptors closed the quarter on a 7-0 run including a three pointer from Vazquez and three free throws from Lou Williams as the Raptors cut the Wiz lead to one and trailed 76-75 after three.
The reserves started the fourth and were able to maintain a three-point lead for the Wizards. Drew Gooden had 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench including five offensive rebounds, which was a nice spark for the team.
The lead seesawed for the remainder of the quarter. John Wall hit a big three pointer at the 2:09 mark and the game was tied at 93. The teams traded empty possessions until DeRozan hit a tough jumper over Pierce to take a two point lead.
With 12.9 seconds remaining, Coach Wittman drew up a play for a quick drive for John but he was blocked at the rim. On the next play, Coach drew up an elevator screen for Rasual Butler but he was unable to get open and John was forced to take a tough three pointer which he missed. Game over. Wizards lose 95-93 and are 33-21 heading into the All Star break.
This was not the ideal way to enter the break but on a positive note, this is their best record at the All Star break since the 78-79 season.