Wizards fall behind early, comeback falls short in fourth to Raptors

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors 109-105 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here are five observations from what went down…

Two in a row

Not all losses are equal and the way the Wizards lost to the Raptors on Friday night could be seen as especially cruel. They erased an 18-point deficit, to tie the game at 102-102 with 1:10 to go in the fourth quarter, only to allow Fred VanVleet to hit a quick three and then OG Anunoby to score a putback on a backbreaking offensive rebound.

Then again, the Wizards arguably only have themselves to blame. They also committed 18 turnovers, which led to 27 points for the Raptors. That was enough to squander an offensive performance that saw them shoot 50.6% from the field. The Wizards were previously 9-3 when they shot 50% or above this season.

The Raptors are uniquely good at making teams pay for their mistakes. They are fourth in the NBA in points off turnovers and second in creating turnovers. In that sense, the Wizards played right into their hands.

The loss dropped the Wizards back to .500 at 23-23 on the year. The Raptors, meanwhile, moved to 22-21. They also passed the Wizards in the East standings, now a half-game ahead of them for eighth. And perhaps very importantly, the Raptors won the season series 3-1. If they finish with the same record, Toronto will…

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