Raptors close preseason with win over Wizards

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Toronto Raptors concluded their preseason with a win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday (October 12).

The Wizards put up 30 points in the first on a Raptors defense that struggled to guard switches, as they led by four after one.

Toronto's offense came alive in the second, though, as they put up 32 points and held Washington to 28, as both teams went into halftime tied at 58. 

In the third, Washington's offense continued to get to the rim at will, as they put up another 31 points and extended their lead to do eight points going into the fourth. 

However, midway through the quarter, the Washington lead had evaporated, as a three from Malachi Flynn gave Toronto a 101-99 lead. 

They would only trail once the rest of the way, as they outscored the Wizards 32-19 in the fourth, en route to the 113-108 win.

Flynn and Sam Dekker took over for Toronto in the final frame, as they combined for the Raptors first 22 points of the quarter. 

The Raptors rangey lineup caused problems for Washington, particularly in the fourth, as they consistently clogged driving and passing lanes. 

However, their lack of height also led to problems at the offense end, as they often struggled around the rim. 

Flynn led the team in scoring--he put up 22 points, 15 of which came in the fourth, on six of 15 shooting from the field, including three of nine from deep. 

Dekker added 18, 10 of which came in the fourth, while Goran Dragic added 16 points on five of nine shooting. 

The Raptors were without Pascal Siakam, who continues to recover from shoulder surgery, Chris Boucher, who's still recovering from a dislocated finger, and Yuta Watanabe, who was out with a calf strain. 

Toronto was also without defacto leader Fred VanVleet and preseason standout O.G. Anunoby. 

The Raptors will kick off the regular season at home (their real home at Scotiabank Arena) on Wednesday. 

It will be the first time they will have played a regular season NBA game in front of their home crowd since early 2020. 

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.