DeMar DeRozan's 37 Points Leads Toronto to a Win in Game 2!
The victory of game two was in Washington’s reach when John Wall hit both of his free throw shots closing the team’s deficit to five. A few seconds later, DeMar DeRozan connects an 8-foot two-point shot.
The one chance that Washington had to turn the game around slipped through their fingers in a matter of 10 seconds.
The “MVP-type caliber player” DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points as him and the Toronto team took the lead, winning the game130-119.
“I didn’t go out there planning to score 37 points,” DeRozan said. “I went out there to be aggressive,”
He wasn’t the only Raptor who did so. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high of 12 assists along with Jonas Valanciunas who had 19 points and 14 rebounds. C.J Miles had 18 points, Delon Wright had 11, and Serge Ibaka had 10.
Toronto came dominating in the first quarter sealing the deal on every opportunity they had. Connecting all of their first four field goals, the Raptors closed in on the Wizards early creating a 13-point lead just five minutes into the first quarter. That lead took a life of its own eventually reaching 20 points.
Just in the first quarter alone the Raptors scored 44 points making franchise history; 21 of those points were connected three-point shots.
“Seven 3s in a quarter, that got the momentum going,” Coach Scott Brooks said.
For the Wizards, the second quarter was no different.
The lack of defense that haunted the Wizards during the regular season came back Tuesday night. Washington couldn’t make any stops the first and second quarter which caused them a heap of trouble. As the disappointing sight of the second quarter quickly swallowed the Wizards, they headed into the locker room down by 18.
Coming into the second half Washington looked like a brand-new team. The Wizards cut their deficit by 10 points and outscored Toronto 32-24. But nothing stopped the Raptors for coming back on top as they retaliated with a 17-4 run in the fourth quarter closing up shop on the Wizards.
A lot of mistakes happened for Washington tonight as the team's old habits returned on the court. Defensively, the Wizards allowed Toronto too many opportunities at the corner. Guard Bradley Beal did not have a great game missing eight of his eleven shots with three fouls in the first half which affected the team.
“We need him,” Brooks said. “We’re going to have trouble beating this team if he doesn’t play better.”
Wall, who scored 29 points Tuesday night, also landed some foul trouble as well.
“That kind of hurt us and they took full advantage of that,” Wall said.
Wall was the only starter that consistently kept the game moving. The rest of the starters had a total of 27 points combined. Luckily, this was not the case for Washington’s bench. Mike Scott scored 20 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 14 points, along with Ty Lawson who scored 14 points making his first debut as a Wizard.
A quick turn-around is needed for the 0-2 team, as they only have a couple more chances to tie with the Raptors and potentially take the lead. Hopefully the upcoming home game will give them the momentum they need.
“We’re the team that’s in the hole, we’re the team that’s desperate, but we have a lot of confidence,” Wall said. “We’re not down on ourselves at all.”