Andrea Bargnani got off to a sluggish start and Amir Johnson who got the start in place of Evans was injured himself in the very early moments of this one. Raptors were forced to call a time out with Wizards up 4-2 and looking like Amir might be lost. Ed Davis was at least planned to only play limited minutes in his debut. An Injury to Amir would have thrown that plan out the window. But after the time out Amir was able to keep going. Watching on was John Wall from the Wizards bench as he was expected to play but not to start. So Wall didn't get to do the Dougie in front of Toronto Hip Hop Star Drake who was in attendance. Based on how the Raptors played tonight we would like to encourage him to come to more games. After that 4-2 lead the Wizards were pretty much blitzed the rest of the evening. Well that is not exactly true Wizard did hang in the game in the early going. Ed Davis would check in and have an instant impact with and offensive board and a put back for his first 2 points of his NBA Career to tie the game at 19. Not long after Davis would have a block leading to score for himself on the other end. Raptors Rookie from last Year Demar DeRozan had a dunk that was 10 worthy in a dunk contest and worth 2 in the game. Couple of Barbosa baskets would help build a lead. Andrea Bargnani would check back in after getting an early hook. He would be a totally different player for the rest of the night. He dominated down the stretch and when the music stopped to end the first Raptors had a 34-25 lead. They were also shooting an insane percentage of like 62%.
Wall was very quiet and Wizards defence was non existent. While Bargnani was dominant coming off the bench. He along with Barbosa and some others build at 42-27 lead and were crushing the Wizards. Raptors refused to stop as a Barbosa bucket made it an 18 point lead. The Raptors it seemed could not be stopped on offence. Well maybe it was more the Wizards couldn't stop anyone. Maybe it was both. Regardless the Raptors point total kept climbing and climbing. If the Raptors offence was a stock you would be yelling sell as there was possible way it could be better. The highlight might have been a Calderon pass to DeRozan that he would drop off for Ed Davis for a huge slam. The lead would climb to 21 on a Weems highlight reel jam. Leaving you to wonder was this the Washington Wizards or the Washington Generals. When the tot board or make that scoreboard was done it was 72-52.
By the time it was done Raptor fans at the ACC had free Pizza enough said.
Garbage time at the ACC. Wizards actually out scored the Raptors 56-55 in the second half. Raptors lost 109-94 in Washington with out Wall. In Toronto with Wall it was the Raptors winning 127-108.
Yeah that wasn't much of a second half summary was it? But honestly this game was over long before even half time. Raptors had 7 players in double figures including Davis in his debut with 11 points 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in his debut in 24 and change on the floor. Perhaps the best story of the night beyond Davis' debut was their rookie last season Demar DeRozan. Demar had not played well for a number of games but he had a team high 20 and looked solid with 6 boards and 3 dimes. I declare his hamstring healed and he looked the best he has in a long time.
Have Raptors finally found a point guard combination that works? Forderon and Jackeron both ultimately failed. But maybe Calderless works. Jose had 11 points 8 dimes with 2 steals and Bayless had 16 points and 5 dimes and 6 rebounds. All together we had 27 points 13 assists 9 rebounds and 2 steals. That is pretty good.
Andrea at times was dominate but only had 18 points but the big stat for him was 8 rebounds. We mentioned Bayless 16 off the bench and Barbosa had 16 as well. All totalled the bench had 56 points. Outscoring a Wizards bench that had just 44 that included normally a starter John Wall with 19. But that number was a not exactly as impressive as it looks like. A lot of Wall's points came long after this game was decided.
Raptors move on to play OKC on Friday and Dino Nation Blog will be in the house for this one. The Thunder needed triple OT to beat the Nets with K.D not in the line-up. Much like many fans wanted to see John Wall tonight at the ACC. I would love to see Kevin Durant, but if K.D doesn't play the odds for the Raptors chances to win go up a lot. Tonight was a good bounce back for a number of players and the team as whole. This was one of those winnable games and Wizards are now 0-9 on the road. But the Raptors got some revenge and played with some serious purpose on the way to that win.