Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By Sol Tucker
For the second time in a week the Wizards faced the Toronto Raptors in a home and home series. Tonight, the Raptors clawed back in overtime to take a 116-109 victory.
Toronto was led by Fred VanVleet, who made two huge 3-pointers in overtime and scored 25 points, and the for the Raptors.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 26 points to lead the Raptors, who bounced back from their 119-108 loss Thursday night to move back ahead of the Wizards into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
VanVleet snapped a 107-all tie with a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining in OT. After Kyle Kuzma made a pair of free throws to cut it to one, VanVleet knocked down another 3 that made it 113-109, and Siakam’s three-point play with 15 seconds to go put it away.
Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards. Bradley Beal added 21 points and 10 assists but shot just 7 for 22 and missed a jumper that could have won it in regulation.
Kyle Kuzma, who just could not find the answer to score for a good majority of the game got a few buckets that made the game closer than it should have been for the Raptors. Kuz finished the game with 16 points.
” I feel like we had some good chances in that OT period,” said Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr. I give them credit for finding Fred open for a couple of difficult shots, but he made them and we didn’t.”
Washington won’t have much time to think about the loss tonight as they play another one of those back-to-back games tomorrow against Milwaukee, who lost tonight against the Sixers, 133-130.
Wizards forward Deni Avidja left tonight’s game after playing just 7 minutes tonight. No word on any injuries or whether he will be available against Bucks.