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NBA: Raptors break street slide with Wizards rout

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Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby, right, shoots over Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, in Washington.

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby, right, shoots over Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023 , in Washington. (AP Photography/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON – OG Anonuby scored 26 points, Pascal Siakam had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 132-102 in the NBA on Wednesday night.

Scottie Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a three-game slide and five-game losing streak while starting a nine-of-10 streak on the road.

“We got this team on the second night of a back-to-back,” Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic said. “We took advantage of the opportunity we had today against them. And this should be a great start to our road trip.

Toronto shot 57.1% (52 of 91) from the floor and 39.5% (15 of 38) from 3-point range while posting its largest margin of victory this season and sending the Wizards to their second most great defeat.

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With Rajakovic tweaking his lineup, starting with Gary Trent Jr. in place of Dennis Schroder, the Raptors had 43 assists, one shy of their franchise record, set this season against Detroit. Schroder had 10 assists and 9 points.

“It was a change we had been looking for for a while,” Rajakovic said. “We decided it was a good opportunity right now to put Scottie Barnes more as a ball handler and we also wanted Dennis to help us with the second unit.”

Kyle Kuzma scored 14 points while playing with a bruised right thigh and Jordan Poole also scored 14 for Washington, which lost its third straight.

Corey Kispert added 13 points coming off the bench for the Wizards, who fell to 5-25 — the second-worst 30-game start in franchise history.

The Wizards allowed more than 130 points for the 14th time and continued their struggles as the league’s worst rebounders, trailing Toronto 53-34 on the glass.

“Part of it is that we’re a little undersized,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “But I think it’s also just a mindset. We can’t afford to watch the ball. I think sometimes we do.

The Raptors took control with a 19-1 run that spanned the first and second quarters. Anunoby’s transition layup from Trent’s feed gave Toronto its first lead with 1:48 left in the first.

Chris Boucher followed with a 3 and Trent hit a layup to close the quarter, and eventually Washington went 7:30 scoreless before Deni Avdija’s transition dunk with 9:19 left in the second.

“Communication on defense and then just flying around to figure things out,” Anunoby said to explain the stretch. “And then bounce and run.”

Toronto’s lead grew to 13 in the second quarter. It was 59-50 at halftime after Kispert hit a buzzer-beating layup, and the Raptors only increased their advantage after the break.

NEXT SCHEDULE

Raptors: meet in Boston on Friday.

Wizards: Host Atlanta on Friday.

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