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Despite poor performances from Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors were within five points of the Wizards late in the game. That was the closest they got, as the Wizards won 90-84.
Dwane Casy said it best postgame, describing this game as "a stinker".
Neither team deserved to win, but of course, someone had to win, and the Wizards managed to come out on top.
After a poor first half, the Raptors made a late game surge, and were within striking distance of the Wizards in the final minutes. The Wizards were able to keep the Raptors from completing the comeback, as they played tough defense down the stretch.
DeMar was very aggressive from the getgo, creating his own shot at will, and the jumpers were falling. He scored 25 points, going 9-17 from the field, and 7-9 from the line. He also chipped in with four rebounds, an area of his game he's been working to improve. DeMar's performance is made even more impressive when putting in consideration the extent the rest of the team struggled offensively. Which brings us to the stat of the night...
Stat of the night:
DeMar DeRozan's shooting percentage: 53%
Rest of team's shooting percentage: 32%
LVP: The best buds
The 'best friends', Kyle Lowry and Rudy Gay, both had horrible games.
Rudy's shot was not falling, as he missed 10 of 11 shots, and his lone make was of the dunking variation. Although he was non-existent on the offensive end and was a turnover machine, his defensive prowess was felt, as he recorded an impressive four steals and one block.
Lowry's stats aren't bad, but they don't show the whole story. He's the quarterback of the Raptors offense, and when it's struggling, he needs to take the blame. The ball movement was horrible tonight, as the Raptors had more turnovers than assists, and Kyle Lowry needs to reach his inner Calderon and run the offense in a more efficient way.
The good: Took a charge, grabbed an offensive rebound.
The bad: Everything else.
Comment of the game: via Ustation
"What High School bball game am I watching here?"
The newest Raptor didn't actually get into the game, but did make an appearance in the Raptors harlem shake.
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- DeRozan with the casual through the legs dunk after the buzzer
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