John Wall was simply phenomenal tonight but the Wizards couldn't quite overcome a second quarter that saw them score just 11 points and they fell in Toronto, 96-88. After that second quarter, the Wizards trailed by 13 but got right back into the game in the third behind 18 John Wall points, and actually led at the end of the quarter by four. But the Raptors fought back in the fourth and converted down the stretch, scoring the game's final six points, to get the victory. John Wall had his best scoring night of the season, going for 37 points on 15/21 shooting. Bradley Beal chipped in 17 points and Nene had a double-double with 10 and 10. The Wizards second unit once again could not get anything going, as the bench accounted for just eight points on the night, compared to 25 for the Raptors subs. All five Raptors finished in double figures, led by DeRozan with 17. - Jacob Raim
The Wizards go for their third straight win tonight as they travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (7pm | TV: CSN+ | Radio: 1500 AM).This will be another good test for a Wizards team that hopes to carry the momentum from their last two wins into Canada and beat a Raptors team that strangely enough sit atop the Atlantic Division at 5-7.
The Raptors are coming off a 108-98 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night. They were led by DeMar DeRozan's 33 points in the victory. DeRozan has been on a tear of late, averaging close to 26 points per game and shooting 60% from the field over his past five games. Tonight, he'll face off with Bradley Beal, who also has been shooting the ball extremely well over the past week. He's hit 12 of his last 19 3-pointers over the past three games and has scored at least 25 points in all three.
The Raptors are the only team in the Eastern Conference with two different 20 point scorers. Besides DeRozan, Rudy Gay is averaging 20.4 ppg and will be another weapon the Wizards need to key on tonight. The Wizards' Trevor Ariza (hamstring) and Al Harrington (knee) are both questionable to play again tonight, which will be something we'll monitor right up until gametime. If he can't go, Ariza's presence will certainly be missed in a game with so many scorers on the wings.
In the middle, Nene has been lighting it up for the Wizards over the last three games, averaging 22.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting .591 (26-of-44) from the field. He has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games for the first time as a Wizard.
Nene and Marcin Gortat will have another tough battle inside tonight as they get the up and coming Jonas Valanciunas and the always physical Amir Johnson.
Nene talked with Casey Phillips this morning at Shootaround:
We'll kick off the Live Chat right around 7pm tonight as the Wizards and Raptors face off for the first time this season.