Siakam scores career-best 44, Raptors beat Wizards 129-120
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2019 11:27 AM
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on October 20, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a career-best 22 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 129-120 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for their sixth straight win.
Serge Ibaka had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 13 assists as the Raptors used a big third quarter to overcome a 12-point deficit and post their fifth straight victory over the struggling Wizards.
Jeremy Lin played 25 minutes in his Toronto debut after signing earlier in the day. He was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks.
Toronto won without All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who sat for the second time in four games because of a sore left knee. Leonard also missed last Thursday's (last Friday, PHL time) win at Atlanta. Coach Nick Nurse said he would't mind if Leonard played in Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game in Charlotte.
Bradley Beal scored 28 points, Jeff Green had 23 and Jabari Parker 22 as Washington lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Siakam made a career-best four three-pointers, and Anunoby also had a season-high four.
Down 103-93 to begin the fourth, Washington cut it to 112-111 on a three-pointer by Bobby Portis with 4:55 left. Lowry replied with a triple for Toronto and Siakam made back-to-back baskets, putting Toronto up 119-111 at 3:44.
Toronto faced its biggest deficit, 80-68, at 8:48 of the third. The Raptors answered with a 15-0 spurt, reclaiming the lead at 83-80 before Washington called timeout at 4:43. Siakam scored 19 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 35-13 run, taking a 103-93 lead into the final quarter.
Washington led 65-59 lead at halftime.
LINSANITY IN THE NORTH
Lin received a brief ovation when he checked in for Norman Powell at 4:05 of the first. He finished with eight points, five assists and five rebounds.
Lin can expect plenty of action when play resumes after the All-Star break. Before the game, the Raptors said guard Fred VanVleet had surgery in New York to repair ligament damage in his left thumb. VanVleet, who was hurt in Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) win at New York, is expected to miss at least three weeks.
Wizards: G Tomas Satoransky was inactive because of personal reasons. ... The Wizards missed nine of their first 10 attempts from three-point range.
Raptors: F Patrick McCaw was inactive because of a sore right shoulder. ... Ibaka has scored at least 10 points in 20 straight games, the second-longest streak of his career. He did it in 21 games in 2014.
Wizards: Visit Charlotte on Friday, February 22 (Feb. 23, PHL time).
Raptors: Host San Antonio on Friday, February 22 (Feb. 23, PHL time).