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Channelling their inner March Madness, the Toronto Raptors came out on top defeating the Washington Wizards by a score of 103-101 thanks to a clutch buzzer beater from Gary Trent Jr. Winning consecutive games for the first time since February 21st, the Raptors move to a 20-30 record this season and have now won nine straight regular season games against the Wizards.
Three-point shooting was the story for tonight’s game as both teams had very different nights from beyond the arc. Washington came out firing, relying on Davis Bertans and Garrison Mathews who combined for 9/14 from deep. The Raptors on the other hand managed to shoot only 7/33 from beyond the arc, but came out with the most important triple that determined the fate of the game.
The Raptors tried their best to contain Russell Westbrook who recorded his ninth triple-double in his last thirteen games. Westbrook continued his dominance with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, however the Raptors were able to shut him and the Wizards down in the final quarter. Despite trailing for the first three quarters, the Raptors held the Wizards to only 15 points and 16% shooting from the field in the fourth.
With Kyle Lowry (right foot infection) and Fred VanVleet (hip) out for this game, the Raptors relied on their other guards to step up in the backcourt. It was a confident showing for rookie Malachi Flynn who stepped up on both ends for this game, finishing with 16 points and 6 rebounds along with 4 steals and 3 blocks. Gary Trent Jr. matched this effort finishing with 16 points and showing his confidence late by hitting the game winning shot without any hesitation. With Lowry and VanVleet expected to miss more time, expect these two to have an increased presence in the rotation ahead of their next few matchups.
The Raptors play back to back on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers with tip off set for 7:30 p.m. EST.