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Wizards Offense Fails to Show Up for A Second Straight Night in 132-102 Loss to Raptors

Raptors Forward Pascal Siakam Drives into the Paint Before Getting Fouled by the Wizards Daniel Gafford. Toronto Would End Up Blowing out the Wizards, 132-102

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

Just last night we talked about how the Wizards would be facing a Raptors team that had gone 2-8 over their past 10 games, well tonight you would have thought they went 10-0 the way they handled the scoring in the second half of a 132-102 loss to Toronto.

Toronto shot 57.1% (52 of 91) from the floor and 39.5% (15 of 38) from 3-point range while posting its largest margin of victory this season and sending the Wizards to their second-largest defeat.

After the game Wizards Head Coach offered another night of excuses for the woes that continue to mount.

“Some of it is we’re undersized a little bit,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “But I think it’s just a mindset as well. We can’t afford to ball-watch. I think at times we do.”

OG Anonuby scored 26 points, Pascal Siakam had 22 points and 11 assists and Scottie Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who looked to have offensive rhythm for the first time in over two weeks. Go figure, do it against the Wizards.

Kyle Kuzma led the way for the Wizards with 14 points and Jordan Poole added 14 points.

For the Wizards, they have yet to find a night where either Poole or Kuzma are consistent together.  By the 3-minute mark of the third quarter the Raptors had built a 22-point lead and they would never look back from that point.

Tonight marks the Wizards second-worst 30-game start in franchise history. By the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter, “Fire Wes Unseld” chants could be heard amongst the boo birds in the audience.

The Wizards get a night off tomorrow before facing the Nets on Friday night and then one more game to close out 2023 against the Hawks on Sunday afternoon.

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