Splendid Siakam powers Raptors over Caldwell-Pope's Wizards

2021-12-06 01:31
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Pascal Siakam scored 17 of his 31 points in the second quarter and the Toronto Raptors (11-13) went on to defeat the visiting Washington Wizards (14-10) 102-90 (23-12, 40-30, 21-26, 18-22) Sunday night.

Precious Achiuwa chipped in with 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won two in a row.

Toronto has won two of three from Washington this season.

Player of the Game
Pascal  Siakam
Pascal Siakam
Points 31
Accuracy 10-21
Rebounds 6
Assists 3

Chris Boucher contributed 14 points off the bench for Toronto. Scottie Barnes added 11 points and six rebounds for the Raptors, who are 4-8 at home, and Fred VanVleet scored 10 points.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10 of his 26 points in the third quarter for the Wizards, who have lost two in a row. Bradley Beal added 14 points and Montrezl Harrell had six points and 14 rebounds for Washington.

The Raptors, who led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter, led by 16 after the third. Harrell's tip layup cut the lead to 15 with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. Spencer Dinwiddie's layup whittled the advantage to 12 with 6:55 to play.

Siakam made two free throws with 5:33 to go, which increased the lead to 17. After the Wizards got to within 14, Siakam hit a 12-footer with 3:37 to play.

The Wizards could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Toronto led 23-12 after the first quarter.

The Raptors opened the second period with an 11-2 run completed by Dalano Banton's layup with 8:57 remaining. Siakam's 3-pointer with 4:59 left increased the lead to 25. Caldwell-Pope ended the first half scoring with two free throws, but Toronto led 63-42.

Siakam had 24 first-half points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field.

Caldwell-Pope scored seven points for Washington to cap a 9-3 surge and trim the lead to 17 points with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter. The lead was reduced to 12 on Raul Neto's 3-pointer with 3:41 left. Barnes responded with four straight points to complete the third-quarter scoring and give Toronto an 84-68 lead.

The Raptors were without OG Anunoby (hip pointer) and Khem Birch (knee).

Raptors: Pascal Siakam 31 (9/20 2PT, 10/12 FT, 6 REB), Chris Boucher 14 (5/6 2PT, 6 REB), Scottie Barnes 11 (5/8 2PT, 6 REB), Precious Achiuwa 10 (5/9 2PT, 14 REB), Fred VanVleet 10 (2/6 3PT, 4 AST, 4 TO).

Wizards: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 26 (4/5 2PT, 4/4 3PT, 6/6 FT), Bradley Beal 14 (3/9 2PT, 5/7 FT, 7 REB).

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