After completing the Western four game road trip with a .500 record, the Washington Wizards looked to get regrouped at home as they begin a 10-game stretch against multiple formidable playoff bound teams. After the Wizards came back from a 16-point fourth quarter deficit, they failed to complete the comeback in overtime and fell to the Toronto Raptors 120-116.
The first quarter started with a hot-shooting start for the Raptors. In the first seven minutes of the game, they were 9 of 13 from the field including 5 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Wizards big men, neither Marcin Gortat nor Nene could not get out to defend Amir Johnson and Patrick Peterson respectively from deep. Many of the Raptors shots were open because of constant ball movement. The Wizards would themselves start to heat up from the field as they went 11 of 16 from the field in the quarter. Although the Raptors air-balled one 3-point attempt, it was the only attempt out of eight that they missed. As a result, the Raptors held a minimal 33-30 lead after the first quarter. [Read more…]