Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
For the Wizards, this preseason has had its ups and downs, but tonight facing the same opponent they will see in their home opener, they showed lots of promise for a great season if everyone stays healthy for the entire stretch.
Some of the take away’s from the game tonight and thankfully none of those amounted to a lot of Raptors points, were these numbers.
John Wall: 15 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds
Bradley Beal: 19 points and 9 assists
Otto Porter: 16 points and 9 rebounds
Markieff Morris: 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks
Marcin Gortat: 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks
“I think we saw some great things tonight from everyone, the starters only played a total of 28 minutes with Morris logging 30 minutes,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks. We have a few more things to get ready for the opener in Atlanta next week and we will name our final roster as well.”
Washington had this game well in command most of the way and were up by 16 going into the second quarter, but had the lead cut down to five before putting their starters back in and going into halftime up 65-56. Washington shot well over 50 percent from the field and from three in the first half.
For the Raptors their best effort came from DeMarr DeRozan who led the way with 34 points on a 11 for 24 effort from the field. He and Kyle Lowry pack a 1-2 punch that will be needed this season if the Raptors hope to continue to be a force in the East.