A dry spell for five minutes to open the fourth quarter, when the Wizards were in range of beating the Toronto Raptors for the first time, led to their fourth loss to them this season and completed the sweep.
The Raptors, who were swept out of the first round of the playoffs last season by the Wizards, led by 14 only to see the deficit trimmed to 53-50 at halftime and ran away with it late for a 106-89 victory Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.
This loss came after the Wizards loss for the fourth consecutive time to the Boston Celtics on Monday, 116-91.
Kyle Lowry (29 points) led Toronto (30-15) followed by DeMar DeRozan (17 points), Terrence Ross (15 points) and Jonas Valanciunas (13 points, 12 rebounds).
John Wall (18 points, 14 assists) led the Wizards (20-23) followed by Otto Porter (15 points, eight rebounds, four steals), Gary Neal (14 points) and Nene (10 points).
Bradley Beal missed the game because of a broken nose and concussion that he sustained in Monday's game.
The Raptors won their franchise-record ninth game in a row for the season, the NBA's hottest team.
- Down 77-70 entering the fourth quarter, the Wizards went 5:15 without a field goal. The Raptors didn't shoot well to open the final stanza either, but they didn't panic and got to the rim and had open looks at will because of superior ball movement.
- Wall had his 24th double-double, tops among East guards, after three quarters but those numbers are somewhat deceptive. He was 0-for-3 in the first quarter and just 2-for-6 in the third. While he created for others at times, the ball movement eventually evaporated.
- With the Wizards needing to get a stop or two to finally retake the lead in the third quarter -- after missed threes from DeRozan, Lowry and Luis Scola -- they couldn't. It didn't matter if it was Ramon Sessions or Neal or Wall. Like in the game vs. Boston, the Raptors got to the rim and Wall was on the floor for a good chunk of that time. Maybe his defense is suffering because he's expected to expend so much on both ends. Rookie Kelly Oubre only played five minutes and he hasn't shared the court much with Porter after they played well together defensively earlier this season.
- Ross and Cory Joseph came off the bench to combine to shoot 11 of 19 and 25 points. They more than compensated for DeRozan's mostly ineffective play (5 of 13).
- Nene and Marcin Gortat started next to each other for the third game in a row and the spacing wasn't good. The Wizards don't have Kris Humphries (knee) and have gone away from Jared Dudley in that spot in his absence. But changing now isn't working either. The Wizards only took five three-point shots by halftime. Was the rebounding any better going to a bigger lineup? Toronto had a 48-35 edge. Scola and Valanciunas, not exactly a fleet-footed, athletic duo, had seven offensive boards which was equal to all of the Wizards offensive rebounds combined.