The Toronto Raptors ripped apart the Washington Wizards on Friday night, scoring a franchise-high 140 points. What did we learn from the game?
Wow, so this is what a near-fully healthy roster looks like. The only main player missing from the Toronto Raptors lineup against the Washington Wizards was Fred VanVleet. As valuable as he is to the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse’s men got on absolutely fine on Friday night.
In fact, they were absolutely magnificent. Coming off the back of a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Raptors welcomed the Wizards to the Scotiabank Arena, looking for their seventh consecutive win against Scott Brooks’ team.
What ensued was an absolute rout, with the Raptors scoring a franchise-record 140 points in regulation, knocking down a franchise-record 22 threes on 51-percent shooting from deep. Norman Powell and Terence Davis led the scoring, while the Raptors starters got a rare chance to sit and take a breather. Kyle Lowry leads the NBA in minutes per game but only played in 21 minutes against the Wizards, scoring 11 points, including one circus three.
From start to finish, the Raptors were the dominant team. The Wizards only lead briefly in the first few minutes of the quarter, and then after that, the Raptors took over. They moved the ball about freely, racking up 35 assists on 52 made field-goals and forced the Wizards into 28 turnovers.
The Wizards didn’t stand a chance in this one, but there were still talking points from the game. What were they?