The Toronto Raptors are now a game over.500 after their rout of the Washington Wizards by a score of 101-88
Demar Derozan lead the way with 20 points, and Kyle Lowry dished out 11 assists, to go along with 19 points.
The third quarter proved pivotal, as the Raptors entered the frame with a 3 point lead. They stretched that lead to 23, after a 36-16 quarter dominated by the Toronto Raptors.
In the third and fourth quarter, the Wizards went over eight minutes without registering a field goal.
Patrick Patterson came off the bench and had a phenomenal shooting night, making 8 of 10 field goals and finishing with 18 points.
Terrence Ross continued his steady play, finishing with 14 points, including key 3 pointers early in the third as they distanced themselves.
Amir Johnson, who I predicted in The Weekly Rap Up would be a tough match-up for the Wizards front-court, had 17 points and 7 rebounds, to go along with 2 assists and 2 blocks.
Jonas Valanciunas had an off night and struggled with foul trouble as he finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds.
The Toronto Raptors are now on a 5 game winning streak as they travel to Miami on Sunday to take on Lebron James and the Heat.
The Toronto Raptors previously won at home against the Indiana Pacers, which will perhaps be an indicator of what to expect as they take on the defending champions.
Notes: John Wall came into the game with an 8 game streak in which he scored 20+ points… He finished with 11 points. With the Toronto Raptors at 16-15, it marks the first time they have been above .500 since January 2009. They are 10-3 since the Rudy Gay trade.