TORONTO (AP) — Feeling fresh after a lengthy injury layoff, Marc Gasol helped the Toronto Raptors pile up the points yesterday.
Gasol scored a season-high 20 and matched his career high with six three-pointers, Norman Powell added 28 and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 140-111, matching the franchise record for points in a game.
The Raptors also scored 140 points in a double-overtime win at Washington on January 13, 2019. This was the most points they’ve ever scored in regulation.
Gasol shot six for seven from three-point range as the Raptors set a franchise record by making 22 treys. It was the third time Gasol has made six three-pointers in a game. Powell added four from long range.
“We’re trusting one another, we’re moving the ball,” Powell said. “We’re letting the offence work for us.”
Toronto made 22 of 43 attempts from beyond the arc.
Gasol played his second game after missing the previous 12 because of a strained left hamstring. Powell scored 20 or more for the third straight game after sitting out 11 games because of a left shoulder injury.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Gasol and Powell are “fresh as daisies” after their absences.
“Marc played for 19 straight months,” Nurse said of Gasol, who followed up the NBA Finals by leading Spain to a World Cup title in China last summer. “He finally had a month off, so he’s got a little bounce back.”
While he appreciated the break, Gasol didn’t find it easy to watch from the bench while he was hurt.
“Sitting for a few weeks kind of makes you itch a little bit and makes you want to really play and get back and help your team win,” he said.
Terence Davis II matched his career best with 23 points, OG Anunoby had 18 and Serge Ibaka 15 for the Raptors, whose previous high this season was 133 points in a home win over Cleveland on December 16.
Pascal Siakam scored 12 points and Kyle Lowry had 11 as the Raptors won their seventh consecutive game against the Wizards, and fifth straight at home. Toronto have won 17 of their past 20 regular season meetings with Washington.
The Raptors, who won at Oklahoma City on Wednesday, posted back-to-back victories for the first time since December 22, when they capped a five-game winning streak by beating Dallas. Toronto has gone 6-6 since that win.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet sat for the fifth straight game because of a strained right hamstring, but is expected to return when Toronto visits Minnesota today.
Washington made a season-worst 28 turnovers, leading to 30 points for the Raptors.
“We didn’t play well, we turned the ball over,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We played against a championship team that was clicking on all cylinders.”
Troy Brown Jr scored 22 points, Isaac Bonga had a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Bradley Beal scored 14 points as the Wizards lost their third straight and fourth in five.
Beal expressed his frustration after the Wizards lost at Chicago on Wednesday, but didn’t want to expand on those comments after another disappointing performance.
“At the end of the day, all we’ve got to do is try to win,” Beal said. “That’s all I care about.”