Despite a season-high 44 points from Pascal Siakam, the Raptors fell to the Wizards in overtime, losing by a final score of 131-129. The Wizards got a big game out of Bradley Beal to the tune of a team-high 29 points, as well as a 13-point, 17-rebound, 17-assist triple-double from Russell Westbrook.
With the loss, the Raptors move to 12th in the Eastern Conference, sitting four games behind the Wizards in 10th.
While Toronto’s chances of making the Play-In Tournament are slipping away, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said he’s proud of how they played against the Wizards, not frustrated.
“Usually I get to a point here where we’ve played so well and it’s a great game, and at some point you kind of – I know this is going to sound silly – you accept the outcome’s going to go either way,” Nurse said. “The ball or the whistle’s going to bounce or tweet wrongly or rightly for you.
“We had probably our best chances with a minute, a minute of a half to go in regulation, really. We still had a tie game and a bunch of wide-open shots and that kind of stuff.
“I’m not frustrated at all. I’m very proud of the guys actually.”
The Raptors have five more games remaining this season. Following matchups with the Memphis Grizzlies (May 8) and LA Clippers (May 11) in Tampa this week, the Raptors go on a two-game road trip, where they’ll face the Chicago Bulls (May 13) and Dallas Mavericks (14).
The Raptors close the season out at home against the Indiana Pacers on May 16.
Following their loss to the Wizards, FiveThirtyEight now gives the Raptors a less than 1.0 percent chance of making the playoffs. On the flip side, Tankathon now gives the Raptors a 31.9 percent chance of landing a top-four pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
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