Instant analysis: Raptors 101, Wizards 88

Instant analysis: Raptors 101, Wizards 88
January 3, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) defends during the first half at Verizon Center.

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Losing five of six games is never good, but that's the Wizards' mark at Verizon Center for the last month. They didn't just lose Friday night in front of 14,940, allowing the Raptors to make 10 of their first 15 shots and lead for the duration. This was a dud and easily their most miserable showing of the season. 

The Wizards (14-16) were able to cut the deficit to three by halftime but were embarrassed in the third quarter by Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson, who combined for 32 points overall. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 20.   

The Raptors (16-15) won for the 10th time in 13 games -- and fifth in a row -- and is the only team in the Atlantic Division with a winning record. They also lead this season series 2-0. No one was in sync for the Wizards:

  • John Wall had only 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting and had his streak of 20 points or more in eight consecutive games end
  • Nene (20 minutes) and Marcin Gortat (22) had four turnovers each, six coming in the first half
  • Trevor Ariza was called for two charges in the third quarter and was ejected when official Joey Crawford hit him with two technical fouls with 6:08 remaining and the score 66-53
  • Bradley Beal shot 6-for-16 and failed to make a three-pointer in three attempts

Turning point: The Wizards trailed only 48-45 at the half but they started the third quarter with a turnover and then Ross and Patterson combined to the rest of the damage. Ross, who was 1-for-6 at the break, scored 12 points, all on three-pointers in the first six minutes, to push the advantage to 70-53. Patterson scored the last 11 points in the last 3:28 of the period for the Raptors as they entered the fourth leading 84-61.

Best in show: Kyle Lowry orchestrated the offense well for the Raptors, tallying 19 points and a game-high 11 assists, five rebounds and three steals. No one for the Wizards earned such designation.

Key stat lines: The Raptors didn't have an offensive rebound in the first half but had seven in the third quarter to spark that pivotal run. ... They shot 50% on three-pointers, 11-for-22, and 50.6% from the field going 40-for-79. 

DNP: While the little-used Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton got off the bench, Eric Maynor is the only one who didn't. 

Around the bend: The Wizards will practice Saturday before Sunday's home game vs. the Golden State Warriors (CSN, 6), before taking a three-game road trip. 

From the locker room: "Shocked, probably more than surprised. ... We're proven over the last couple of years you can't play that way. And we're getting concerned with, 'Why am I coming out,' 'How many minutes am I getting" rather than 'What is the team doing?' We didn't do that tonight and that is disappointing because we're not good enough to do it that way. ... I don't know how else to put it. We have to come back together. It's not about me. It's about us." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

"They took away things from us and then we didn't make a lot of shots. They just outplayed us tonight. They played with more sense of urgency. They played with more aggressiveness. They were pounding us on the glass and making open shots and we didn't stick to our defensive concepts." -- Wall 

"I don't think there is much explanation. They kicked out butt. They play hard. They exploited our weaknesses and they've been playing really good on the road. ... We need to start better in the third quarter. That's the moment a lot of teams go really hard." -- Nene

"We made Bradley Beal take tough shots, and we blitzed him all night and make John take contested shots. That is all we can do with those guys, and everyone tonight just played a great team game." -- Lowry

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