DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, including a key 3-pointer late, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-106 on Friday night despite giving back a 19-point first-half lead.
Norman Powell added a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as the Raptors (37-25) pulled back into a tie with the Wizards (36-24) for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto also secured a 2-1 victory in the season series, a potential tie-breaker for playoff seeding, two days after losing to Washington 105-96 in the first game of a home-and-home set.
John Wall scored 30 points and Bradley Beal added 27 for Wizards, who have now lost nine consecutive regular season series to the Raptors.
This is a guy on the rise who could go higher in the draft than most people expect.
Jordan Willis: There were some concerns about the Kansas State product’s ability to translate his athletic talent to the NFL level, but he certainly earned himself some cash with a big performance at the combine. Willis ran a 4.53 40 (with a ridiculous 1.54 10-yard split), leaped for 39 inches in the vertical and posted a silly 6.85 on the 3-cone drill.
None of this ultimately matters when it comes to playing football, per se, but Garrett has the production and has been a top defensive prospect for virtually the entire season. He showed up for a critical job interview and blew people away with his athleticism. Even people who are critical of his production (lower SEC sack numbers than Derek Barnett) have to appreciate what a freak he is. He likely just made it very difficult for the Browns not to take him first overall.
Hasson Reddick: The raw product out of Temple had a massive day working with the defensive linemen, and he put on a show. Reddick ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, flashed a 36.5 vertical jump and was near the top with a 133-inch broad jump. His 7.01 3-cone time isn’t too shabby, either.