It seems like the Toronto Raptors are slowly making their upward trajectory after a slow start to the 2020-21 season. Led by Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam, Raptors beat the Washington Wizards by a 22-point margin. Powell scored team high 28 points, whereas Pascal Siakam added 26. Kyle Lowry was significant as well knocking 21 points.
Talking about the Washington Wizards, they were unsurprisingly led by Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook who knocked 24 and 23 points respectively. Hachimura added 15 playing for 32 minutes. Raptors outscored the Wizards by 12-points in the first as well as in the last quarter of the game. While the accuracy for the Raptors form downtown was mor than 59%. Wizards were lacking big time to score from behind the arc. As a result, their 3-point accuracy was lesser than 30%.
Toronto Raptors valiant team effort puts away Washington Wizards
Pascal Siakam and Powell each hit three 3-pointers as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 4-1 on their current trip. After starting the season with one win in seven games, Toronto is almost back at .500 at 12-13.
Westbrook made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Toronto’s lead to 111-106 with 8:27 left. Toronto finished the game on a 26-9 run as Washington fell to 6-16, the NBA’s third-worst record. Toronto used a hot shooting start to jump out early before eventually taking a 74-61 advantage into halftime. The Raptors shot 59% in the first half and connected on 8 of 14 3s.
Russell Westbrook picked up a technical late in the third quarter after arguing that he had been fouled on a made layup. Davis Bertans started his second consecutive game and scored nine points on 3-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers. Bertans came into the game shooting a career-low 33.1% on 3s.