Raptors beat Wizards for second straight house win | Globalnews.ca

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2021-12-06 06:56:43

TORONTO – Pascal Siakam scored 17 of his 31 factors in a key second quarter for the Raptors and Toronto beat the Washington Wizards 102-90 on Sunday.

Chris Boucher had 14 factors whereas Scottie Barnes had 11 for the Raptors (11-13), who exacted revenge for his or her loss to Washington on opening night time. Treasured Achiuwa had 10 factors and a team-high 14 rebounds, whereas Fred VanVleet completed with 10 factors in Toronto’s fourth win of their final 11 video games.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Washington (14-10) with 26 factors.

The Wizards, who beat Toronto on opening night time to spoil the Raptors’ first sport in Toronto in 600 days, arrived on Sunday in fourth place within the Japanese Convention and trying to bounce again from a 15-point loss to Cleveland two nights earlier.

Toronto was recent off a four-point win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, holding on to win with top-of-the-line defensive efforts this season.

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Their momentum carried into Sunday because the Raptors constructed a 25-point first-half lead, smothering the Wizards on the defensive finish. Siakam shot an ideal 7-for-7 in a second quarter that noticed the Raptors pour in 40 factors, a season-high for 1 / 4.

Main 84-68 to begin the fourth, the Wizards sliced the distinction to 12 factors halfway by means of the quarter, however Washington wouldn’t threaten once more, and when Achiuwa acquired his fingers on an offensive rebound and drove to the ring for a dunk, swinging from the rim to the roar of the capability Scotiabank Area crowd of 19,800, the Raptors had been again up by 16 factors with 4:15 to play.

With a sport tomorrow at Indiana, the Wizards threw within the figurative towel and emptied the bench with about three minutes to play. Raptors coach Nick Nurse did the identical with 1:30 to play and the sport properly in hand.

The Raptors’ bench, which has been a weak spot this season, offered a major spark, significantly within the first half, and outscored Washington’s 34-28.

The Raptors — who’ve three video games to go on this season-high seven-game homestand — stay with out the frontcourt presence of OG Anunoby, sat out his ninth consecutive sport with a hip damage, and Khem Birch, who missed his fifth straight and ninth this season with knee swelling. There’s no timeline for the return of both participant.

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The pesky Raptors held Washington to only a dozen factors within the first quarter. On the offensive finish, six gamers scored, Gary Trent Jr. had a pair of three-pointers, and Toronto dedicated zero turnovers for a 23-12 benefit to begin the second.

Siakam couldn’t miss within the second, and his three-pointer with 4:59 to play had the Raptors up by 25 factors. Toronto took a 63-42 benefit into the halftime break.

The Raptors sputtered within the third. They’d bother containing Caldwell-Pope, who scored 10 within the quarter, and allowed the Wizards to creep again to inside 12 factors.

The night time marked the eighth annual Giants of Africa sport in celebration of the lifetime of Nelson Mandela. NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance.

The Raptors host struggling Oklahoma Metropolis on Wednesday. On Friday, the Memphis Grizzlies demolished the Thunder 152-79, shattering the NBA report for the biggest margin of victory.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Dec. 5, 2021.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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