DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 32 points with two threes coming in crunch time as the Raptors beat the Wizards 114-106. Four of the Wizards five starters scored in double figures led by John Wall with 30 and Bradley Beal with 27 but it wasn’t enough as Washington dug themselves into a 19-point hole and couldn’t climb their way out.
John Wall was on fire in the first quarter connecting on his first three three-pointers of the game and 5-7 field goals overall. Unfortunately, the rest of the Wizards were not hitting their field goals. Wall scored 16 points on 5-8 shooting in the first quarter but the rest of the team went just 2-12 from the field as the Wizards were down 35-27 after one.
Things stayed ugly in the second quarter. The reserves couldn’t get anything going offensively and scored just two points through the first three minutes of the second period. Washington found themselves down 50-31 midway through the second quarter forcing Scott Brooks to burn yet another timeout. The Wizards were able to counter and cut the lead to six but still trailed by nine, 62-53 at halftime.
The teams traded baskets for most of the third period but it was Washington who took their first lead of the game since the first quarter, 72-71 late in the third quarter. DeMar DeRozan had and answer, though. DeRozan continued to hit tough bucket after tough bucket to keep the lead with Toronto. But the Wizards trailed by just one, entering the fourth quarter.
Whenever the Wizards would pull close, Norman Powell answered with big buckets. Powell scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter including timely baskets when the Raptors needed them most. Then, DeRozan hit two tough threes for the Raptors to ice this game.
Wizards fall, 114-106, Toronto takes the season series, 2-1.
No help from the bench tonight
After scoring 45 points in Toronto on Wednesday night, the bench combined for just 14 points tonight. Bogdanovic never got going and outside of a few putbacks from Mahinmi, there wasn’t much to speak of from the reserves tonight. Brandon Jennings got 10 minutes of playing time tonight in his first game as a Wizard but went 0-3 from the field.
Wizards have no answer for DeRozan
The Wizards threw many guys at DeRozan but ultimately, he was just too much. The All-Star scored 32 points on 10-17 shooting and knocked down a season-high three three-pointers. DeRozan was able to back down and shoot over whoever was guarding him and hit two threes late to put a dagger in the Wizards comeback chances.