If the NBA playoffs started today, the Raptors would host the Wizards in the opening round. If Friday’s contest is any indication, it would be a short series. Toronto won its fifth straight and tenth in 13 outings since the trade of Rudy Gay, turning Washington’s fans against the home side during a third quarter explosion on the way to the 101-88 final. Kyle Lowry had another five-star outing, putting up 19 points, 11 assists and just two turnovers and DeMar DeRozan added 20 points as the Raptors, 16-15, moved above .500 this late in a season for the first time since April 3, 2010. Patrick Patterson added 18 points in 22 minutes in his best performance of the season as Toronto moved within a game of Atlanta for third spot in the East. Toronto had struggled in third quarters all year (-69 in third quarter point differential heading in, 24th in the league), a source of concern for head coach Dwane Casey, but not in this one.
Raptors explode past Wizards in Washington
Toronto Sun | Jan 4