Raptors at Wizards final score: Washington can’t match up with Toronto’s depth, loses 102-95.

DeMar DeRozan hits two clutch baskets late behind a team-high 23 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards Friday night 102-95. C.J. Miles added 20 points off the bench on 7-10 shooting including going 6-9 from three-point range as the Raptors even the season series with the Wizards at two games apiece.

Otto Porter led the Wizards with 24 points (9-12 shooting) and Bradley Beal added 23 points for the Washington starters who had to carry the load as they got next to no production from the reserves this evening.

The Wizards came out of the gate on fire connecting on 6-9 shots and building an early 18-4 lead in the first quarter. Things shifted in the second quarter as both teams went to their respective bench units. Toronto, who can go up to 12 deep, roared back in this game as their reserves nearly outscored the entire Wizards team in the second quarter (18 vs. 20) as the Raptors took a 51-47 lead into halftime.

Washington was able to regain the lead in the fourth quarter and led by as many as four, 84-80 late in the game. But clutch three-pointers from C.J. Miles and tough jumpers from DeMar DeRozan would be too much for Washington to overcome, as they’d drop this one, 102-95.

Turnovers are becoming a problem

The Wizards who’ve committed at least 16 turnovers per game over their last three did nothing to bring that number down as they coughed the rock up 18 times tonight. Too many careless passes, lazy crosscourt passes, and getting stuck in the air trying to make a play doomed the Wizards tonight.

Toronto was able to capitalize on the Wizards mistakes turning those 18 turnovers into 27 Raptor points. Tomas Satoransky, who’s usually been very careful with the ball, had an uncharacteristic six turnovers this evening with five of them coming in the first half. Teams have tape on Sato and he no longer takes the opponent by surprise and you could see that from the Raptors all night.

The Raptors picked up Sato right as he crossed the half court line and since he doesn’t have the speed of John Wall, is forced to turn his back on the play in order to shield the ball. As a result, Sato was forced into making some careless cross-court passes which led to transition opportunities on the other end for the Raptors.

The difference in bench units

The Raptors, who have a rotation that goes up to 12-deep, showed off their litany of weapons starting in the second quarter. The Raptors bench nearly outscored the entire Wizards squad (18 to 20) as the Raptors erased the Wizards lead on the heels of the play from their bench.

C.J. Miles was the wildcard tonight for the Raptors as he connected on 6-9 three-point attempts scoring 20 points in just 20 minutes of play. Miles knocked down three three-pointers down the stretch in the fourth quarter including one as he was fading out of bounds to end the Wizards hope of victory.

On the flip side, Washington got just 15 points from their reserves tonight led by Ian Mahinmi with 6. Kelly Oubre struggled from the field scoring just five points on 2-8 shooting and the All-Star Break was the worst thing to happen for Mike Scott as he hasn’t found his rhythm since and scored just two points on 1-4 shooting tonight.

Because the bench provided little production, Scott Brooks was forced to play Bradley Beal and Otto Porter nearly 40 minutes tonight whereas just two players (Lowry and DeRozan) even eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the Raptors.

With Mike Scott coming back to earth, if the Wizards don’t get production from Oubre, more often than not, it leads to a rough night in bench production for Washington.

Tip Ins

  • Markieff Morris continues to play well as he scored 15 points to go along with five rebounds
  • Otto Porter was outstanding tonight scoring 24 points (12 in the third quarter) on 9-12 shooting

Up Next: Washington concludes hell week as the Indiana Pacers come to town on Sunday evening trailing the Wizards by just .5 games


Wizards vs. Raptors final score: Washington falters without John Wall in 100-91 loss

Two weeks ago to the day, Washington went into Toronto and beat the Raptors without John Wall. The sequel would not be as enjoyable as the Wizards fall to the Raptors Sunday night, 100-91.

DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 33 points as Toronto evened the season series with Washington.

John Wall sat this game out with swelling in his knee and the Wizards wouldn’t have the firepower late to keep up with the Raptors. The short-handed Wizards were competitive for most of the contest but ran out gas in the fourth quarter.

Bradley Beal scored 27 points (22 in the first half) while Marcin Gortat stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.


Bradley Beal continues to score at a high rate

With John Wall out, the Wizards needed a big game from Bradley Beal to stay competitive tonight and he delivered. Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 11-23 shooting including going 5-9 from three-point range.

Beal was the primary option for the Wizards early on. The sharp-shooter scored 12 points for Washington in the first quarter on 5-8 shooting and outside of a mini spark from Kelly Oubre, was Washington’s only scoring threat in the first half.

Bradley Beal cooled off in the second half as he scored just five points (and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter), totaling 27 for the night.

Points in the paint and offensive rebounding doomed Washington in the first half

These things tend to go hand-in-hand – when you give up offensive rebounds, that usually leads to easy baskets for the other squad. That was the case for the Raptors who destroyed Washington on the offensive glass this evening, especially in the first half.

In just the first half alone, Toronto grabbed eight offensive rebounds and made Washington pay. Jonas Valnciunas grabbed two offensive boards in the first half and flipped up the missed shots for easy baskets in the lane. Already a great scorer, the ball often found it’s way to DeMar DeRozan on these second-chance opportunities as he also had too many easy baskets around the hole.

As a result, the Raptors had nine more shots (51-42) than Washington in the first half.

Free-throw shooting plagues the Wizards

Was this the only reason Washington lost? No. However, it’s pretty concerning that this is something we have to talk about after nearly every game. Washington was 11-19 (57.9 percent) from the charity stripe this evening. Jodie Meeks knocked down 5-6 attempts and was the only Wizards player to have a respectable showing from the line.

Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Mike Scott, and Tim Frazier combined to shoot less than 50 percent from the line whereas neither Beal, Gortat, or Morris even attempted a free-throw tonight.

Game Notes

  • Washington shot better from three-point range (8-13) than they did from the free-throw line (5-11) in the first half.
  • Markieff Morris took a shot to the face diving for a loose ball in the first quarter. Morris looked to be shaken up but didn’t miss any time. Morris took yet another shot in the second half when he got sandwiched going up for a loose ball. Again, he played through it.
  • Kelly Oubre connected on 2-3 shots of the catch-and-shoot variety but was 0-4 from the field when trying to create his own shot.

Next up: The Wizards will be back in action on Monday as they head to Milwaukee to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

Raptors vs. Wizards: DeRozan’s 32 too much to overcome, Wiz fall, 114-106.

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.

Washington’s bench combines for 45 as they beat Toronto, 105-96.

What bench issues? Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Wizards with 27 points and the bench combines for 45 points as the Wizards beat the Raptors, 105-96. Four of the five Wizards’ starters scored in double-figures led by Bradley Beal with 23 points while John Wall notched yet another double-double with 12 points and 13 assists as the Wizards complete one of their best back-to-back stretches in recent memory.

The Wizards showed no signs of tired legs as they connected on six of their first nine field goals to take an early 19-11 lead. Even though both Wall and Beal both started 3-3 respectively from the field, they couldn’t stop the Raptors from scoring. Toronto ended the quarter on a 15-5 run and for the first time in 16 games, the Wizards were not leading or tied after one period as they trailed 26-24.

But then the often-criticized bench came in and lit the world on fire. Washington connected on their first nine shots of the second period en route to a 26-1 run all thanks to the bench. Bogdanovic was instant offense knocking down three three-pointers in the quarter while Jason Smith who looked to have fallen out of the rotation, came in and knocked down four field goals in the period. Mahinmi was rock solid on the defensive end with several blocks and big time rebounds as the Wizards blew the lead out to 23, 50-27 late in the second.

However, Toronto showed a bit of life and was able to trim the lead to 16, 62-46 at halftime.

Washington picked up where they left off starting the second half on a 7-0 run as Toronto missed their first nine field goals of the second half. The Wizards themselves started to cool off midway through the third period but Brooks inserted Bogdanovic to cure all that. Bogey hit his first three of the second half to stretch the lead back out to a comfortable 20 point cushion as the Wizards led by 22 entering the fourth quarter.

Things got a tad too close for comfort as the Raptors were able to cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth quarter but John Wall reminded us why he’s one of a kind blocking Serge Ibaka at the top of the mountain.

Wizards win in a very impressive fashion, 105-96.

Bench provides huge boost

As mentioned, the bench combined for 45 points tonight in what was collectively their best effort of the season. Even though this was just Bogdanovic’s fourth game with the Wizards, the other guys around him contributed as well. Smith was a perfect 4-4 in the second quarter While Kelly Oubre Jr. scored seven points and played some nice defense on DeMar DeRozan. Ian Mahinmi continues to produce on the defensive end as he chipped in with five rebounds and three blocked shots.

The Wizards continue to gain more firepower as Brandon Jennings signed with the team just prior to the game.

A professional win

It wouldn’t have been super surprising if the Wizards were to come out flat in this game after a toe-to-toe game against the Golden Warriors just 24 hours ago. But they showed up and took it to a team who they were previously tied with in the standings. Also, on a night when Otto Porter struggled, his teammates were there to cover for him as the ever so solid Morris and Gortat combined for 25 points and 16 rebounds.

The Raptors drop the Wizards to 0-3 behind 40 points from DeRozan

John Wall scored 33 points to go along with 11 assists but it wouldn’t be enough as the Raptors beat the Wizards, 113-103, behind 40 points from DeMar DeRozan. The loss is a pretty upsetting considering Marcin Gortat was calling the home opener a “must win” game.

Unlike the first two games, the Wizards got out to an early 27-15 lead in this one behind the hot shooting from Bradley Beal. But lo and behold, the bench would come in and the lead would quickly shrink to two, 29-27 at the end of the first quarter.

Otto Porter scored 23 points to go along with 13 rebounds highlighted by a series in the second quarter where he scored on three straight cuts to the basket. Even with the poor play from the bench, the Wizards still led, 56-54 at halftime.

DeMar DeRozan was unstoppable tonight and did plenty of damage in the third quarter where he scored 15 of his game-high 40 points. Neither Bradley Beal nor Otto Porter had an answer for him on defense.

The Wizards held tough though.

The Wizards stayed in this one due to the play of John Wall. Wall picked Lowry’s pocket and took it coast to coast for a layup to tie the game at 92 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Wizards wouldn’t have an answer as DeRozan would hit several key shots down the stretch to propel the Raptors to victory, 113-103.

Three Things:

Three-point shooting remains a problem:

The Wizards were just 3-10 from three-point range tonight with all of their deep balls coming in the first half. Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris were the only Wizards players to make a three-pointer tonight. The Wizards continue to shoot fewer three’s this year and are making them at a lower rate.


The Wizards committed 20 turnovers including nine from John Wall. Many of the turnovers tonight were on cross-court and lazy passes. In reality, the Wizards probably had no business being in this game with their 20 turnovers.

Otto Porter played great tonight:

Otto scored 23 points on 11-13 shooting with one of his misses coming on a desperation three as the game was already out of hand. Otto did most of his damage in the paint tonight and specifically, on cuts to the basket. Wall was able to find Otto, and Otto converted. Let’s hope he can continue this type of play going forward.

Should The Wizards Go After DeMar DeRozan in Free Agency?

It can be assumed that DeMar DeRozan will exercise his player option and opt out of his contract to become a free agent this offseason. DeRozan is currently making $9.5M per year and will be looking to double (or even more) his salary. And he should. DeRozan is coming off of the best season of his career where he averaged career highs in points scored, assists, free throw shooting, and field goal shooting.

He was arguably the best player on the Raptors this season and helped carry the franchise to its first ever Conference Finals appearance. The arrow is clearly pointing up for DeRozan as he oozes potential and will be looking to cash in this free agency.

How DeRozan helps the Wizards

DeRozan averaged 23.5 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting this season making him the ninth highest scorer in the NBA. DeRozan is a volume shooter evidenced by his 17.7 shots per game. He likes operating with the ball in his hands, is able to create his own shot, and is somewhat of a mismatch as he’s a bit taller (6’7″) than your typical shooting guard.

A big part of DeRozan’s game is getting to the free-throw line. This would help the Wizards immensely as they found themselves in the bottom-third of the NBA in free-throw attempts. DeRozan averaged 8.4 free throw attempts per game last season. Only James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins got to the charity stripe with more frequency. In addition, he knocks down his free-throws when he gets to the line (85 percent).

DeRozan’s 8.4 free-throw attempts nearly doubled John Wall’s 4.5 attempts as the Wizard who attempted the most free-throws this season. As we know, the Wizards blew many games this season due to poor free throw shooting so DeRozan would potentially fill that disappointing void immediately.

In addition, the Wizards were the third worst free-throw shooting team in the NBA (ahead of just the Kings and 76ers) who don’t have a Hack-A-(Insert Poor Free-Throw Shooter) on their team. For as disappointing as this past season was, if the Wizards hit a few more free throws, they sneak into the playoffs this year.

In addition, 70.7 percent of DeRozan’s baskets this season went unassisted. Saying that would take a burden off of Wall’s shoulders would be an understatement. The combination of DeRozan’s size to exploit mismatches, scoring, ability to get to the free-throw line and MAKE them, and not count on others to score; would make him a very valuable asset for this team.

Why DeRozan doesn’t help the Wizards

For as great as DeRozan’s scoring and ability to get to the line is, he’s not very efficient. DeRozan was ranked dead last in field goal efficiency for all players who averaged 20+ points or more during the regular season. His efficiency isn’t great however his ability to get to the free throw line masks this deficiency. This is bad news for John Wall and the rest of the Wizards players’ as DeRozan needs the ball in his hands to create. As we’ve seen throughout the regular season and the playoffs, DeRozan is a ball stopper. He gets the ball in the post and often never passes out leaving his other four teammates standing around watching.

Even worse, when DeRozan dribbles the ball up to court, he’s often known to isolate his man with other players never touching the ball on the possession. If the Wizards are going to continue to pace and space, they don’t need another ball stopper.

This pickup wouldn’t make sense unless the Wizards let Bradley Beal walk. If the Wizards were to sign both Beal and DeRozan, you guessed it, Otto Porter would likely be the odd man out as the Wizards would likely shift DeRozan over to the small forward position. Again, this would halt both Porter and Oubre’s development, as they’d be demoted to backup and third string small forwards respectively for this team.


DeRozan is a great player and has elevated himself to All-Star status however it’s unlikely that DeRozan will sign in D.C. this summer. Financially, the Wizards could make it happen but it would stunt the development of key players on this team and those assumed to be on this team. Wall has made it clear that he wants to play with another superstar. At this point, I don’t see DeRozan fitting into the Wizards’ scheme unless the front office were to let Beal walk this offseason.

Expect to see DeRozan resign in Toronto or head home and play for the Lakers.

Wizards vs. Raptors final score: Toronto drops the Washington, 106-89

The Wizards wasted a 14 assist game from John Wall and fell to the Raptors, 106-89. With the win, the Raptors completed a regular season sweep of the Wizards and are now riding a nine-game win streak.

John Wall led the way for the Wizards in a somewhat quiet 18 point, 14-assist night. Otto Porter had a solid night with 15 points and eight rebounds. Outside of those two, there wasn’t much to celebrate from this Wizards team.

This was a game of runs early as the Raptors stretched the lead out to 14 early in the second quarter. The Wizards bounced back and cut the lead to seven highlighted by Wall running the one man fast break going end to end to get easy layups at the rim.

Back-to-back threes from Temple and Porter cut the Raptors lead down to three as the Wizards trailed, 53-50 at halftime.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry got hot in the third quarter but the Wizards had no answer on defense. The two combined for 46 points tonight going 6-12 from three-point range.

In maybe the oddest substitution so far this season, Wittman brought in Drew Gooden for Nene midway through the third quarter opting to keep Dudley on the bench. However, the Wizards were able to stay within striking distance as they were down just seven, 77-70 entering the fourth quarter.

That’s when things fell apart. The Wizards went cold from the field, tired legs from a back-to-back, and the wheels started getting wobbly on the wagon.

DeMar DeRozan sliced into the lane and got fouled to stretch the Raptors lead out to 16. The Wizards had no more runs left and waived the white flag at the three-minute mark. Raptors win 106-89.

Fourth quarter collapse: In a game that felt like the Wizards should be down 20, they found themselves within striking distance down by just 7, 77-70 entering the fourth quarter. Shots stopped falling for the Wizards as they didn’t knock down their first field goal of the quarter until Dudley hit a corner three at the 6:45 mark. Tired legs from a back-to-back, frustration from a struggling team, head scratching lineups, you name it. The Wizards hit just five field goals in the quarter (two coming in garbage time) as the Raptors blew the doors off early in the fourth quarter.

Playing Gortat and Nene at the same time has to stop: For the third straight game, Randy Wittman opted to start Nene at the power forward position and bring Dudley off the bench. Nene and Gortat were on the floor at the same time for 12 minutes (6 minutes in first quarter, 6 minutes in third quarter) and all it really did was clog things up and slow down the pace of the game. There is no spacing when both players are on the floor at the same time and the ball sticks whenever the ball is dumped into Nene in the post. When Dudley came in (and even Gooden), the spacing improved immediately. It’s clear; the Nene-Gortat experiment has run its course and isn’t going to help this team win.

Otto Porter Doesn’t Skip a Beat: In Porter’s second game back since returning from injury, Porter notched 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Porter went 5-6 from the field (7-11 overall) in the first half with his only miss coming on a herky-jerky layup which is usually his patented finish around the rim. Porter was no slouch on defense as he spent a majority of the night guarding a combination of DeMar DeRozan, James Jones, Patrick Patterson, and Terrance Ross. Games like tonight remind Wizards fans how much of a key piece Porter is to this team even when things aren’t going well.