Raptors' Rapid Recap - Toronto Raptors 116 - Washington Wizards 107


-If you were sick of the drama from yesterday's first day of NCAA tournament, than the non-existent D of the Raps versus Wizards tonight was just what the doctor ordered.  In a game that saw both teams shoot nearly 50 per cent from the field, it wasthe Toronto Raptors that closed things out, in a 116 to 107 win.

-In some ways this was not a win Raptors' fans were hoping for, especially considering the Dinos are trying to leap ahead of the Wiz in the lottery ball race.  However Washington showed why they have but one road win this season, unable to sustain momentum of any kind despite closing to within two points in the game's final minutes.  As a result, it was win number 19 for the Raps, and a stop gap before heading out West for their last road trip of the season.

-Leading the offensive charge for the Raps were Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan.  Both put on spectacular offensive displays with 33 and 30 points respectively, and shot a very effective 19 for 30 on the evening.  Andrea was especially impressive as while he only collected three rebounds, he got to the line a career-high 18 times, hitting 15 of them.  This made him an extremely difficult guard for Washington all night, and when they honed in on him, Bargs did a great job finding the open man resulting in five assists.

-As for DeMar, well he was no slouch at getting to the line either finishing 8 of 9 from the line, and he was a team-high plus 24 on the night.  He got some help from guys like Reggie Evans (15 rebounds) and Jose Calderon (17 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds) too, which helped offset subpar efforts from guys like Ed Davis and Sonny Weems.  Oh...and the chucking of Leandro Barbosa.

-However all the good news for TO was on the offensive side of the game.  Trevor Booker became the newest member of the Luke Harangody club notching a career-high 26 points as well as 13 rebounds.  Can you say "Stub of the Night?"  Jordan Crawford made a run at the award too with 25 points, and JaVale McGee had 11 points and 12 boards.

-This was indeed a case where TO got a win thanks to its efficient offensive play and not the other intangibles.  The Raps turned it over 15 times, got out-rebounded, and struggled in various other areas too.  But 40% 3-point shooting from the Dinos and some timely possessions down the stretch were the difference in getting a win.  Whether you think the team should have tried to win this one though, is of course another story.

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