Quick Reaction: Raptors 140, Wizards 138 (2OT)

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Toronto 140 Final
Box Score
138 Washington

P. Siakam44 MIN, 24 PTS, 19 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 9-16 FG, 0-2 3FG, 6-6 FT, 3 BLK, 5 TO, -5 +/-

Amazing touch in the paint as always and made some nice cuts on his way to leading the Raptors with 16 points heading into halftime. Had a strong defensive game, and was sensational on both the offensive and defensive glass with a career-high 19 boards. Unfortunately, his brilliant game came to an end after he fouled out in double overtime.

K. Leonard45 MIN, 41 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 15-30 FG, 3-7 3FG, 8-9 FT, 2 BLK, 4 TO, -1 +/-

Scored early and often, mixing up his outside game with his ability to get into the paint whenever he wanted. Also showed off some nice vision with the Wizards’ defence draped on him, finding the open man on a few occasions for easy looks. Leonard was money in closing time and proved he was up to the task of carrying the Raptors in both overtimes. Another monster game for the MVP candidate.

S. Ibaka41 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 3-9 FG, 2-3 3FG, 2-3 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 4 +/-

Did a nice job helping defensively on Bradley Beal in the first half, especially when he switched onto him inside. That being said, Serge was more hesitant on offence than usual and missed some looks he normally knocks down with ease. He was going to get a C- grade, but hitting a huge three-pointer down the stretch obviously changed that.

K. Lowry50 MIN, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST, 2 STL, 4-15 FG, 2-11 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 5 TO, 13 +/-

Was up to his normal point god ways today, picking up seven assists in the first quarter. Also did a nice job cleaning up Siakam’s miss in transition for an easy putback early on. He led the team in plus/minus today, once again showcasing the immense value he brings to the team when initiating the offence. That being said, he did struggle somewhat down the stretch and took some questionable shots.

D. Green42 MIN, 16 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 5-12 FG, 3-8 3FG, 3-4 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 3 +/-

Main job today was trying to contain Beal, which he did a solid job at in the first half, limiting him to 1/9 shooting in the first quarter and 4/15 in the first half. I love watching him go up for floaters too, it’s a beautiful sight to watch the ball fall so gracefully through the mesh off of those attempts. He got into a nice rhythm in the second half, especially in a 13-point third quarter. Great job hauling in a long rebound and nailing a free throw at the end of double overtime to put the finishing touches on the game.

D. Wright22 MIN, 17 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 7-11 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Strong, efficient game with Fred VanvVleet out. Repeatedly used his size advantage to drive inside and finish on multiple occasions. Also did a great job on the defensive glass.

O. Anunoby21 MIN, 7 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 3 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

Nice job intercepting passing lanes today. He’s not quite where I thought he’d be at this point of the season offensively, but did show off a nice move driving in from outside the arc midway through the fourth to finish. Regardless, his defensive ability in spurts is exactly what the team needs at this point.

N. Powell13 MIN, 9 PTS, 0 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 3-5 FG, 2-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 3 +/-

Planted himself outside the arc and got a ton of clean looks in the first half. That opened up opportunities for him to drive inside later on, and he entered the break leading the bench in scoring with 8 points. It’s been a joy to see him re-establish himself as a solid rotation player. I would have liked to see him more in the second half of this game.

G. Monroe12 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-4 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-

Did his best in limited minutes to establish himself as a low-post presence, getting himself to the line on a few occasions. With the Raptors short-handed upfront, Monroe’s done his best to fill in admirably.

Nick Nurse

I like how he’s been experimenting with lineups featuring Siakam, Anunoby, and Leonard on the floor together. I think that lineup stayed out there a bit too long at times, which helped the Wizards claw their way back into the game. That group got outplayed today, but as chemistry grows with that trio, their defensive potential should shine through.

Also, I really didn’t like the decision to inbound the ball to Lowry that deep into the backcourt with seconds remaining in the first overtime period.

Things We Saw

  1. Raptors had a 9-0 run to start game, and led 24-8 with five minutes remaining in the first quarter. Had a 23-point lead in the first half, but Toronto took its foot off the pedal which allowed Washington to close the gap heading into halftime. The Wizards really had no business being in this game, but thankfully the Raptors were able to pull it out.
  2. Pascal Siakam was sensational today. He has a legitimate shot of being named an all-star reserve.
  3. The Wizards started the fourth shooting a perfect 10 of 10 from the field, which is a big reason why they got this game within striking distance. Beal and Ariza really erupted in the second half. Beal, in particular, was sensational in the fourth quarter to help bring the Wizards back from the dead.
  4. Pretty rare to see a team take its first lead in double-overtime, which is exactly what Washington did when they took a 133-131 lead at the 3:30 mark of double-overtime.
  5. I didn’t like how stagnant the offence was in both overtime periods. The Raptors have got to figure out other ways to score late in games aside from expecting Leonard to bail them out, especially by the time the playoffs arrive.


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