January 26, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 30 Review: North of the border not as kind as Wiz fall to Raptors

(Photo by: Getty Images)

(Photo by: Getty Images)

The Washington Wizards four-game winning streak was snapped last Monday by the Los Angeles Clippers, so they were looking for a return to form by visiting the Toronto Raptors up north. Without Bradley Beal to play primary defense, DeMar DeRozan was able to carve up the Wizards to a tune of 34 points. Washington did not complete a comeback and ended 2015 with a 94-91 loss to the Raptors.

After the Raptors came out on a 10-4 run with hot shooting, 4 of 5 from the field, the Wizards responded with a 9-0 run of their own thanks to repeated penetration from John Wall. The sides traded 8-0 runs before the quarter came to an end, where Toronto held a 28-27 advantage.

Even while getting heavily outrebounded (21-9), the Wizards were able to keep within shouting distance of the Raptors for the beginning of the second quarter. Washington began the quarter on a 1 for 12 cold stretch from the field, which allowed the deficit to grow. Wall did his best to start a comeback, but suspect perimeter defense on the other end of the court kept Washington at bay. A discrepancy in free throw attempts, 17-6, was the major catalyst of Toronto leading 52-41 at halftime.

Returning to the starting lineup was Otto Porter after a couple games off the bench, but the former Hoya made his presence felt to start the second half. Eight straight points from Porter gave Washington some life as they went on an 11-2 run to begin the quarter. After the Raptors went back up by nine, Washington was able to chip away with a 7-1 run, fueled by transition buckets following turnovers. Terrence Ross heated up from beyond the arc to fuel a 10-0 Raptors run, which meant Washington faced a 77-65 deficit going into the fourth quarter.

Toronto kept Washington from cutting into a double-digit lead for most of the quarter, but the Wizards were able to cut the deficit to just four following a Wall jumper. Washington was continuously given the short end of the stick by the referees, which was exemplified by John Wall getting called for a foul on DeRozan with under a minute to go, to the dismay of even the Raptors commentators. Washington had four 3-point attempts to take the lead or tie the game but did not get them to fall. In a game where the Wizards played five-on-eight (including Zebras) they fell 94-91.

The Wizards will be back in action on New Year’s Day against the Orlando Magic as they get ready to begin a four-game home stand.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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