The Toronto Raptors take a 2-0 series lead for the first time in their franchise history defeating the Washington Wizards 130-103 on Tuesday night. The Raptors with one of their biggest fans Drake in attendance jumped all over the Wizards in the first quarter 44-27 and never looked back. The Raptors played with emotion all night and it showed led by their All-Star DeMar Derozan .
The All-Star DeRozan scored a game high 37 points on 14-23 from the field he looked like a perennial All-Star picking his spots and taking advantage of every good look. He looked like a man on a mission to show why he should be mentioned amongst the premier guards in the league. Center Jonas Valanciunas contributed this time with a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He controlled the glass all night helping the Raptors outrebound the Wizards 48-34. Derozan’s backcourt mate Kyle Lowry didn’t have much of a scoring impact with just 13 points but did finish with a game high 12 assist.
The Wizards who trailed the entire game were led by John Wall who was the only productive starter who had a major impact in the game. He led the Wizards for a second straight game with 29 points on 11-11 from the free throw line and 9 assist. First year All-Star Bradley Beal had a game that was one to forget scoring a disappointing 9 points on 3-11 shooting from the field and had to deal with DeRozan’s 37 on the other end of the floor. Mike Scott contributed 20 points off the bench.
The Wizards bench showed up and outplayed a Raptors bench outscoring them 63-42 so the Wizards got the necessary help from others but didn’t get the production from their starters. The series now shifts to the nation’s capital where the Wizards will look to climb back in this series down 0-2. Beal must play better if the Wizards plan to get their first win on Friday.
Next Game: Friday 4/20 at 5:00 PT.
What To Watch For: Will the Wizards get John Wall consistent help?
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