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Trent’s 3-hand hits the buzzer as raptors pass Wizards

TAMPA, Fla – Gary Trent Jr. hit the buzzer with a long 3-pointer and the Toronto Raptors bounced back from a 19-point deficit in the second half to beat Washington Wizards 103-101 on Monday night. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 22 points, and DeAndre Bembry and rookie Malachi Flynn led a fourth quarter indictment against the Raptors, who won games for the first time since February 19 and 21 straight. Russell Westbrook had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for the Wizards who lost four straights. Washington was leading 101-100 when Siakam was asked to recharge, 27 seconds ahead. Raul Neto missed a reverse layup by 5.5 seconds and Trent got the rebound. “I almost called (time out) but I thought there was enough time to get it up there and take a shot,” said Nick Nurse, Raptors coach. “There are many reasons not to take it, and we were lucky this time. We were due. “Trent, who was only playing as the Raptor in his sixth game, trickled right across the floor, using his forearm to part with Neto, and shot from beyond the key. He finished on 16 points. Washington played a fifth game in a row without NBA top scorer Bradley Beal. The Wizards led 74-55 in the middle of the third quarter before missing 13 direct 3-point attempts, Trent ended with 16 points for Toronto and Bembry with 15. Flynn, 34 minutes off the bench played and injured Fred VanVleet ended up with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. “Fred was doubtful a couple of times, but then he plays. But he told me to be ready,” Flynn said. ” We let a lot of players down, so I knew there was going to be a lot on Siakam. I’m just trying to make it easier for him and the other guys. “The Raptors missed their first seven shots and fell 14 points behind Westbrooks 15th -Except for a 9-0 run in Washington with 2:54 in the first quarter. Westbrook had 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the first half, and Garrison Mathews came off the bench with four 3-pointers to help the Wizards take the 61-51 lead at halftime. TIP-INS Assistants: Beal, who has a hip contusion, warmed up before it was determined he wasn’t going to play. … It was Westbrook’s 19th triple-double of the season and the fourth in his last five games. He has 165 in his career. … The Wizards made 11 of their first 20 3-point attempts but finished 12 for 35. Raptors: VanVleet did not play after exiting the previous game with a left hip flexor. … G Kyle Lowry missed his third game in a row with a foot infection. … The raptors struck the wizards nine times in a row. MINUTES AVAILABLE The nurse was trying to get something positive from the fact that she didn’t have his starting place. “A lot (players) have been looking for more playing time and here it is,” he said. “The only thing I worry about is what if something else happens.” Lowry, VanVleet, Siakam and OG Anunoby, the seasoned core of the team, all missed 44 games due to COVID-19 and other illnesses. UP NEXT Wizards: Wednesday night in Orlando. Raptors: Hosted the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night in Tampa. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dick Scanlon, The Associated Press

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