TORONTO (AP) – Pascal Siakam is not thrilled to be happy with the All-Star weekend and eliminated his frustration on Wednesday night.
Siakam scored 44 points, a career high, 10 points, OG Anunoby, 22 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 129-120 for a sixth straight win.
"If he continues to play this way, he will be a 2020 star player," said wizard coach, Scott Brooks, about Siakam.
The third-year Toronto striker was asked if his big night was a message to those who let him pass for a spot in the all-star rankings this year.
"Take it whatever you want," Siakam says. "I'd like to go to Charlotte."
The recently signed Raptors' guard, Jeremy Lin, said he was impressed by Siakam's varied skills.
"I knew it was good but tonight was something special," Lin said. "He showed the complete package tonight."
Toronto improved to 13-3 in the absence of star player Kawhi Leonard, who sat for the second time in four games because of a painful left knee. Leonard also missed last Thursday's win in Atlanta. Coach Nick Nurse said he would not mind Leonard playing in the all-star game on Sunday.
Serge Ibaka had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry 14 points and 13 assists. The Raptors took advantage of a big third quarter to defeat a deficit of 12 points and win their fifth win in a row against the Wizards.
Bradley Beal has 28 points and 11 assists, Jeff Green scored 23 and Jabari Parker 22 while Washington lost for the fifth time in seven games.
"We are down right now," Brooks said. "We have a lot of work ahead of us."
Down 103-93 to start the fourth, Washington cut it to 112-111 on a 3-pointer from Bobby Portis with 4:55 to go. Lowry responded with a 3 for Toronto and Siakam made baskets back to back, placing Toronto 119-111 at 3:44.
Toronto faced its biggest deficit, 80-68, at 8:48 of the third. The Raptors responded with a 15-0 spurt, picking up the lead at 83-80 before Washington called the timeout at 4:43. Siakam scored 19 points in the third period and Toronto finished on a 35-13 record, taking a 103-93 lead in the final quarter.
Washington led 65-59 at halftime.
LINSANITY IN THE NORTH
Lin played 25 minutes in his Toronto debut after signing earlier in the day. It was recently dropped by the Atlanta Hawks.
"I almost have the impression of cheating, of being part of a winning team something like 40," Lin said. "I'm happy to be here."
Lin received a brief ovation when he recorded Norman Powell at 4:05 of the first. He finished with eight points, five assists and five rebounds.
"Even though I was trying to be stoic and understand what we were going to do on the defensive side, it was very comforting," Lin said. "Every time I come to Toronto, I always feel like a home game."
Lin can expect a lot of action when the game will resume after the break of the stars. Before the match, the Raptors reported that goalkeeper Fred VanVleet had been operated on in New York to repair ligament damage to his left thumb. VanVleet, injured in Saturday's win in New York, should miss at least three weeks.
Sorcerers: G Tomas Satoransky was inactive for personal reasons. … The Wizards missed nine of their first 10 attempts by 3 points. … Washington is 7-23 on the road.
Raptors: F Patrick McCaw was inactive because of an injury to his right shoulder. … Ibaka has scored at least 10 points in 20 consecutive games, the second-longest series of his career. He made it in 21 games in 2014. … Siakam scored four career goals and Anunoby also scored four points.
C & # 39; IS 40
Siakam is the 11th player in the history of the Raptors to reach the 40-point plateau.
Wizards: See you in Charlotte on Friday, February 22nd.
Raptors: Introduce yourself in San Antonio on Friday, February 22nd.