Toronto Raptors spoil John Wall’s big night

Nov 22, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Wizards 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night John Wall had his best game of the season, torching the Toronto Raptors with 37 points. However, the Raptors fended off the Wizards’ third quarter rally with a huge fourth period and pushed Washington further down in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wall was predicted to have a huge breakout year and develop into a true All-Star this season, but he has struggled with his shot, shooting below 40% on the season. That is until Friday night, when Wall put on a clinic at the Air Canada Center. He had his mid-range game going and used his supreme athleticism to full advantage, converting on seven of his eight attempts at the hoop.

Unfortunately for Wall, his team didn’t follow his lead, as only Nene and Bradley Beal managed to score in double-digits.

The Wizards have had a road-heavy schedule so far and have gone 2-6 away from Verizon Center.

Toronto, meanwhile, took a step forward and are now just one game under a 0.500 record. The Raptors put forth a very balanced team effort against Washington, as every starter scored in double-digits. Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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Topics: Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards

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