Sunday, January 29, 2023

VanVleet scores 33 as Raptors beat Wizards 109-100

WASHINGTON (NWN) — Fred VanVleet scored a season-high 33 points, Ozzy Anunobi added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 109-100 on Wednesday night for a fifth straight win.

VanVleet shot 13 of 22 for the Raptors, who avenged a 15-point opening night loss at home to the Wizards two weeks earlier, while their winning streak was longer than any previous season.

“I’m not taking it lightly,” VanValet said of this team’s debut in 2020-21 after a 12th-place Eastern Conference finish. “Did you see us last year? Yes, I’m not taking any of that lightly. And that’s the beauty of being a young team. You can enjoy these victories and enjoy the growth.” “

Svi Mykhailiuk and Gary Trent Jr added 15 points for Toronto, which took the lead in the final 34 minutes to reach 16 in the third quarter.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points to lead Washington, which suffered a straight loss this season, while shooting 8 of 32 (25%) from 3-point range.

Montrezel Harrell added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who went on to lead 23-6 in second-chance points and 40-34 in the paint, despite losing.

“I think we didn’t put our 100% in the game,” said Denny Avdija, who scored 11 points off the bench for Washington. “We’re not that good of a team to wait until the fourth quarter to turn it around. And I think we need to start our work earlier. … Teams are going to come to us, and they’re going to be fast.” Coming to us.”

VanVleet gave Toronto his biggest lead when he scored seven consecutive points at 3, a driving layup and two free throws to increase it to 66-50.

With Toronto still up 10 in fourth, Beale hit a pull-up and Harrell sank a lean to cut it to 103-97 with 3:53 remaining. VanVleet answered with a running layup, and the Wizards made only one of their last six shots.

“It always helps when you have a guy like Fred who can control the pace,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said of the VanValet, who also had six assistants. “He’s making some good play calls. He’s obviously scoring, but he’s also looking for some guys.”


Raptors: F Scotty Barnes (sprained thumb) lost his second game and will be reassessed when the team returns to Toronto, said Nurse. … VanVleet has scored 15 or more points in seven consecutive games. … Precious Achiuwa had 10 rebounds.

Wizards: After spraining his left ankle in Monday’s loss in Atlanta, F. Davis Burtons “probably week to week” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I don’t expect him to leave this week.” … f Kyle Kuzma left with a right forearm injury in the third quarter. … Rookie G. Corey Kispert picked up his first career technical foul with 8:17 in the game.

WNBA in Toronto?

Toronto rapper Drake expressed his wish on Instagram on Wednesday for the WNBA expansion team in his home city. Before the game, the nurse was asked for her opinion.

“I think it will be great. I think there should be a team in Toronto,” said Nurse. “All of us who live there know it’s like a golden age, the number of people playing, the amount of talent coming out of a lot of cities out there. Both boys, girls, men, women, everything. I think That women should be represented. And Toronto with a WNBA team that, I imagine, will be wildly successful.”

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said last month ahead of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals that the league is in the process of evaluating cities with potential future expansions.


Raptors: Host Detroit on Friday.

Wizards: Host Memphis on Friday.


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