The Washington Wizards faced off against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night in a matchup that was ultimately decided in the fourth quarter. Despite a strong first half, the Wizards ultimately fell flat in the fourth quarter, resulting in a loss of 97-88.
The Wizards had looked strong in the first half, leading the Raptors by a score of 51-48 at halftime. Washington maintained their lead through the third quarter, but the Raptors managed to hold off the Wizards in the fourth, outscoring them 29-17 in the final period.
The Wizards’ offense struggled in the fourth quarter, shooting only 6-17 from the field and going 0-6 from three-point range. Washington’s lack of offensive production was compounded by their inability to limit the Raptors’ offense, which shot 10-22 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range in the fourth.
John Wall had a particularly difficult outing, shooting only 4-14 from the field and 0-6 from three-point range. Wall also committed five turnovers, which were a major factor in the Wizards’ loss. Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat both had strong performances, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raptors.
Ultimately, the Wizards were unable to sustain their strong start, succumbing to the Raptors’ late surge in the fourth quarter. The Wizards will need to bounce back quickly if they hope to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.