Raptors beat Wizards in pre-season finale

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WASHINGTON — Malachi Flynn and Sam Decker combined with 25 fourth-quarter points to lift the Toronto Raptors 113-108 over the Washington Wizards in their pre-season finale on Tuesday.

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Flynn, who is in his second season with Toronto, finished with 22 points, while Decker scored 18 points against his former team.

Veteran guard Goran Dragic, who was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal that sent Kyle Lowry to Miami, added 16 points for the Raptors (3-2).

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Gary Trent Jr. had 12 points and six rebounds, while Precious Achiuwa and rookie Justin Champagne scored 10 rebounds. Khem Birch had six points and six rebounds in his second game since recovering from COVID-19.

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Kyle Kuzma had 24 points for Washington (0-3) on top.

One night after the Raptors’ 107–92 win over Houston in Toronto, Nick Nurse opted to rest starters Fred VanValet and Ozzy Anunobi.

There was also a chance to get a final look at the players vying for the three available roster spots before the opening-night roster was set.

The Wizards took an early 13-point lead, but the Raptors narrowed the deficit to 30-26 by the end of the first quarter.

Washington held a double-digit advantage in the second, but the Raptors responded with a 22–10 run to take the lead after the opening minute of the game. The teams were tied 58-58 at halftime.

The Wizards led 89–81 with one quarter to play.

The Raptors will see the Wizards again when they host Washington in their regular-season opener on October 20 in front of a full crowd at the Scotiabank Arena.

Due to COVID-19 regulations in Ontario, the Raptors have not played in front of a full arena in Toronto since February 28, 2020. Border restrictions forced him to call Tampa, Fla. home last season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 12, 2021.

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