Raptors 101 – Wizards 88
January 3, 2014
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
For the second home game in a row, the Wizards came out the gates flat, distorted, and unfocused. A mirage of shot clock turnovers, botched inbound passes, and even worse cross-court passes sunk the Wizards from the very get-go and was a depiction of how most of their night against the Toronto Raptors – an eventual 101-88 loss — would play out.
Following a stagnant 1st quarter start where they missed 14 of their 20 shot attempts, the Wizards trickled into their 10 point deficit and managed to tie the game up in the closing seconds of the first half. Awoken by a few Nene buckets and a Martell Webster 3, the Wizards regained some ground by getting in transition and decent ball movement.
Enter the second half, an ambience of ill-fate and ruin. Over the next 12 minutes, the Wizards would be marred with seven turnovers, more than a few botched second chance opportunities, an array of missed shots, and a Trevor Ariza ejection. Ariza, who was slapped with two (possibly questionable) offensive fouls in a matter of 80 seconds, got slapped harder with two consecutive techs by Joey Crawford and sent to the showers. It wasn’t clear on the replay what Ariza said or did to Crawford to earn his dismissal.
The Wizards suffered another dismal shooting night but unfortunately, unlike the Mavs game, their opponent last night did not encounter the same issue. The Raptors shot 50% from the field for the game and most of that damage came in that 3rd quarter. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson both torched Washington in that period, combining for 25 of Toronto’s 36 points. Ross also happened to knock down four 3-pointers during that stretch.
MVP: Nene (?) – 15 points, 4-9 FG, 4 rebounds
With the entire team virtually on sleep mode, it was Nene who displayed the most aggression. All but one of Nene’s shots came at the rim and more importantly, he we made 7 of 8 free throw attempts. With free throw shooting a dire concern for Randy Wittman, it was Nene who attacked the basket the most and earned those trips to the stripe. Even in the second half where he was held without a bucket, Nene managed to get tot he line five times.
LVP: Marcin Gortat – 10 pts, 4-15 FG, 4 TO’s, minus-22
Anytime more than one person posts a tweet comparing your performance to a Kwame Brown (including us), you’ve probably had a shitty game. Gortat had some decent moments but simply put, he just wasn’t effective enough. He continued to struggle putting the ball in the basket at close range, showed some stone handling when trying to retrieve a pass
Key stat of the game: – Toronto 11-22 from 3-point range
The Raptors were pipe burst in the Verizon Center, raining water from all around the perimeter, including the 11 from downtown. PS- don’t leave Terrence Ross open in the corner. Ross, Kyle Lowry, Amir Johnson, and Patrick Patterson all got a piece of the action, benefiting from superb ball movement which got them open looks. Speaking of ball movement, 29 of Toronto’s 40 shots were assisted.
Tweets of the night:
Gortat is channeling Kwame Brown tonight #WizRaptors
— SheemzSayz (@SheemzSayz) January 4, 2014
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 4, 2014
Game highlights, visualized by way of Vine