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Quick Reaction: Raptors 116, Wizards 109

A stressful one in Washington but Toronto gets revenge.

Box Score
P. Siakam38 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 4 STL, 5-10 FG, 0-1 3FG, 5-5 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -4 +/-

Siakam was one of three members who picked up two fouls in the first quarter. Spicy P was in attack mode tonight as he was great at drawing fouls and making his free throws. Just like Jack Armstrong said “power basketball” from the All-Star tonight.

O. Anunoby39 MIN, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2-11 FG, 0-6 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

The second member of the Raptors who picked up two fouls in the first quarter. He was outstanding on Thursday but he struggled offensively in this one. Anunoby’s defensive performance saved his night though so it’s not all bad news.

J. Poeltl24 MIN, 14 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 6-8 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 0 +/-

Two quick fouls in the first quarter for Poeltl limited his run in the first half but he was still solid. His and-one lob finish was his highlight of the game. Poeltl was phenomenal in the third quarter when the Raptors started to build a lead.

S. Barnes35 MIN, 12 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 6-11 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 15 +/-

Scottie was more aggressive at the start of the game which is a welcoming sight for Raptors fans. The missed dunk at the beginning was brutal but he recovered nicely in the first quarter. He slowed down the rest of the game but was still solid.

F. VanVleet40 MIN, 25 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST, 3 STL, 9-16 FG, 6-11 3FG, 1-1 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 10 +/-

Beautiful fading three in the second quarter which got him going. VanVleet’s playmaking has been elite lately and he was great on the defensive end tonight. Unbelievable buzzer-beater at the end of the third and two huge corner threes in overtime. It was easily his best game since returning.

G. Trent Jr.35 MIN, 26 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 11-18 FG, 4-7 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Great start to the game as he surpassed his points total from the last game in the opening frame. Trent Jr. has been phenomenal in the sixth-man role and tonight was no different. Amazing in the clutch late in the game as he was the only reliable scorer.

P. Achiuwa19 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 17 +/-

Decent game from Achiuwa who has been struggling lately. He played some great defence on Beal in the fourth that got the Raptors a stop, which is no easy task.

C. Boucher16 MIN, 9 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 4-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 11 +/-

Another Raptor who had a beautiful and-one in the first half. He was amazing at the end of the third quarter. Boucher brought the energy tonight.

W. Barton13 MIN, 3 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -3 +/-

Easily his best performance as a Raptor, although the bar was low since he hasn’t gotten much run in the last two games. He was great defensively tonight.

T. Young06 MIN, 2 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

A couple of misses at the rim, but Young reeled in some boards during a limited run so it wasn’t a terrible performance.

Nick Nurse

Great rotations and a bounce-back performance from the team. Great call on leaving Trent Jr. in the game late in the fourth and overtime as his clutch buckets were much needed.

Things We Saw

  1. Bad start for the Raptors, the Wizards got a 7-0 lead right out of the gate. Slow starts have haunted Toronto all season long. However, Toronto recovered nicely with an 8-0 run.
  2. Foul trouble – three starters picked up two fouls in the opening quarter which forced Nick Nurse to rely more on the second unit.
  3. Defensive intensity from Toronto. They forced 24 turnovers which led to 34 points.
  4. Bounce back performance from the bench unit. The bench only managed 18 points on Thursday but they surpassed that mark in the second quarter. Also, a very impressive showing during the second quarter and fourth quarter as the Raptors ran a unit of Barnes and four bench members and they held their own.

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