Raptors Blow Second Half Lead, Series Shifts Back to Toronto Tied at 2-2
After two consecutive losses, the Toronto Raptors have lost much of the momentum they had coming in to D.C.
Despite an 11-point lead at halftime, the Raptors faltered in the 2nd half, giving up as many points (40) in the third quarter as they did in the entire first half, en route to a 106-98 Game 4 loss to Washington.
Turnovers hurt Toronto, as they coughed up the ball 18 times. Toronto averaged 13.4 turnovers/game this season, one of the league’s best totals.
“You can’t explain them,” said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey of the turnovers. “They’re out of character.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 35 for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry added 19, though both stars faltered in the 2nd half. Their vaunted supporting cast failed to step up, with no other player finishing with more than 11 points.
For the 2nd consecutive game, Washington’s back court got the better of Toronto’s. John Wall finished with 24 points, 14 assists and 3 steals, while Bradley Beal added 31 on 19 shots, before fouling out. The Raptors have been unable to stop Wall this series, as the all-star point guard has been averaging 26 points and 13 assists per game. Beal, meanwhile, has rebounded from a weak start with two strong games.
“We couldn’t get a stop,” DeRozan said of the Raptor’s 2nd half collapse. “And we couldn’t get a bucket.”
Toronto will attempt to put their disappointing trip to the (American) nation’s capital behind them on Wednesday, when they are back in Toronto for Game 5.