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Toronto 122, Washington 118
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Officials: #78 Evan Scott, #56 Mark Ayotte, #21 Dedric Taylor
Attendance: 19800

Kyle Lowry scored 26 points -- including a vital 3-pointer with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter -- and the Toronto Raptors held on to defeat the visiting Washington Wizards 122-118 Friday night.

Serge Ibaka added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won four straight.

The Raptors were without starters Pascal Siakam (groin), Norman Powell (shoulder) and Marc Gasol (hamstring). All three were injured in the road win against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Toronto's OG Anunoby scored 18 points, Fred VanVleet also had 18 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and Patrick McCaw scored 11. Lowry also dished out nine assists.

VanVleet (knee contusion) was back in the starting lineup after missing five games.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 37 points. Ish Smith added 26 points, Isaiah Thomas had 13, Troy Brown Jr. 11 and Davis Bertans 10 for Washington, losers of two in a row.

The Raptors led by 16 points at halftime and took an 11-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Smith's 3-pointer tied the score at 107-107 with 5:21 to play. McCaw's 3-pointer put Toronto back into the lead with 3:02 left and Lowry's 3-pointer increased the lead to six. But Brown's 3-pointer cut the lead to two with one second to play. VanVleet made two free throws to clinch the result.

The Raptors raced to a 40-23 lead after the first quarter.

The Wizards drew within 10 points, but the Raptors led 68-52 at halftime when Anunoby made a running dunk to complete the scoring after Ibaka blocked a shot.

Washington scored the first six points of the second half, trimming the lead to 10. But Ibaka's 3-pointer with 6:40 left in the third quarter bumped the lead to 15. Beal pulled the Wizards within nine points on a jumper and a free throw. Hollis-Jefferson ended the third-quarter scoring with a layup and the Raptors led 96-85.

Smith's layup early in the fourth quarter cut the lead to eight. Beal's 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the fourth reduced the lead to five. Admiral Schofield added a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Washington   Toronto
Bradley Beal 37 Scoring Kyle Lowry 26
Bradley Beal 6 Assists Kyle Lowry 9
Davis Bertans 8 Rebounds Serge Ibaka 10
Bradley Beal 10 Free Throws Made Kyle Lowry 9
Bradley Beal 1 Steals Patrick McCaw 3
Ish Smith 1 Blocks Serge Ibaka 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Washington 118 46.0 14-39 24-32 24 39 1 6 15
Toronto 122 48.7 12-30 34-44 26 42 3 6 17
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Raptors have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Wizards have a W/L % of .111 after a win and .389 after a loss.