News ID: 210976
Published: 0257 GMT March 03, 2018

Raptors overcome slow start to beat Wizards

Raptors overcome slow start to beat Wizards
Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (L) scores next to Wizards center Marcin Gortat during an NBA basketball game in Washington’s Capital One Arena on March 2, 2018.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and CJ Miles came off the bench and added 17 of his 20 in the second half as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 102-95 Friday night at Capital One Arena in Washington.

The Raptors fell into a 14-point hole in the opening minutes, Reuters reported.

DeRozan helped Toronto bounce back and take a four-point halftime lead, and both he and Miles came through in the final two quarters.

Toronto has won 10 of its past 11 games.

Miles made 6 of 9 three-point attempts and finished 7 of 10 overall from the field. The Raptors were leading by one late in the game before Miles made a layup and a three-pointer for a 94-88 lead.

DeRozan then added baskets on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 98-90 lead with just under one minute left.

Jonas Valanciunas and Fred VanVleet both scored 12 points for the Raptors.

Otto Porter Jr. led the Wizards with 24 while Bradley Beal added 23.

Toronto rebounded from the slow start for a 51-47 lead at halftime. The Wizards rallied and took the lead again late in the third quarter before Miles drilled consecutive three-pointers for a 77-74 lead heading to the fourth.

The Wizards had started quickly while Toronto could not score in the opening minutes. Washington got the game’s first six points and raced to an 18-4 edge before taking a 27-19 lead after one.

Toronto scored 32 in the second quarter as Washington went cold from the field.


Hunting Hawks


The Golden State Warriors overcame a Stephen Curry injury and a frantic finish Friday night to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 114-109, and sweep their three-game Eastern trip.

The win was the Warriors’ 13th in 14 road games against Eastern Conference opponents this season and completed their fourth unbeaten trip of three or more games.

Golden State had to finish the game without Curry, who aggravated his previously injured right ankle late in the first quarter.

After going to the locker room for an examination, Curry returned to play in both the second and third quarters, but he was pulled from the game for good with 6:24 to go in the third.

He had 28 points in 24 minutes, helping the Warriors hold a 73-65 lead at the time of his exit.

Golden State barely held on despite leading 111-100 with just 2:18 to go.

Atlanta got within 112-109 and had possession with 18.5 seconds left, but Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala stole the ball from Kent Bazemore and went in for a game-clinching dunk.

Bazemore had a game-high 29 points for the Hawks, who were seeking their first two-game winning streak since beating New York and Memphis on February 4 and February 6.

Klay Thompson hit a three-pointer to help Golden State go up 101-87 with 7:06 left, but the Hawks rallied to create the exciting finish.

Curry had four three-pointers and hit all eight of his free throws. Kevin Durant matched Curry’s 28-point total on 12-for-19 shooting, while Young finished with 16 points and Thompson added 15.

Golden State’s Draymond Green recorded team highs in rebounds (seven) and assists (nine) and scored two points. The Warriors connected on 11 of their 31 three-point attempts while earning their sixth straight victory over the Hawks.

Dennis Schroder backed Kent Bazemore’s 29 points with 27 for the Hawks, who hit 15 of 35 three-point attempts.

Schroder also recorded a team-high nine assists.

John Collins added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and Taurean Prince had 15 points for Atlanta, which has a far better record against Western Conference teams this season (10-13) than Eastern clubs (9-31).

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