LOS ANGELES, United
States– Norman Powell scored 28 points off the bench as the Toronto Raptors
used a balanced offence to continue their domination over the Washington
Wizards with a 140-111 rout on Friday.
Marc Gasol added 20 points to become one of seven players in
double figures for the Raptors, who have won seven straight games over the
The Raptors tied their franchise points total of 140 points
which they earned in a double overtime two-point victory over the Wizards in
January 2019. It is the most points they have ever scored in regulation time.
Toronto has been struggling to hold big leads of late, but
they hope to have finally reversed that trend with Friday’s season-high scoring
The Raptors led 38-26 at the end of the first quarter and
took a 24-point lead into the fourth quarter. They increased it to 30 points
with 4:36 remaining and cruised from there to improve to 27-14 on the
Terence Davis scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 18 points
and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and eight rebounds. Pascal Siakam had 12 points,
and Kyle Lowry contributed 11 points and eight assists.
Troy Brown had 22 points for the Wizards, who have lost
three straight. Isaac Bonga added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Bradley Beal had 14 points, Ish Smith and Davis Bertans each
had 12 and Anzejs Pasecniks 11 in the loss.
Toronto shot 57.1 percent from the field and are now 20-4
against Washington dating back to the 2013-14 NBA season.
Elsewhere, Malcolm Brogdon drained a clutch basket with 18
seconds remaining as the Indiana Pacers spoiled the return of Karl-Anthony
Towns with a tightly-contested 116-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brogdon hit a tiebreaking 15 footer, and T.J. Warren scored
28 points for the Pacers in front of a crowd of 17,900 at Bankers Life
Two-time all-star centre Towns finished with 27 points after
missing 15 games with a knee injury.
“I am just so happy basketball is here for me, because
it was some great therapy for me today,” he said.
Also, Furkan Korkmaz scored 24 points, including a
career-best six three-pointers, to lift the host Philadelphia
76ers past the Chicago Bulls 100-89.
Ben Simmons added 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists
as the Sixers improved to 20-2 at home.
Al Horford scored 20 points and Tobias Harris had 13 for the
Sixers, who played without injured all-star centre Joel Embiid for the 12th
time this season.