Raptors explode past Wizards in Washington

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple (17) defends...

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple (17) defends during NBA play Friday at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

If the NBA playoffs started today, the Raptors would host the Wizards in the opening round.

If Friday’s contest is any indication, it would be a short series. Toronto won its fifth straight and 10th in 13 outings since the trade of Rudy Gay, turning Washington’s fans against the home side during a third quarter explosion on the way to the 101-88 final.

Kyle Lowry had another five-star outing, putting up 19 points, 11 assists and just a single turnover while DeMar DeRozan added 20 points. Patrick Patterson 18 points in 22 minutes in his best performance as a Raptor.

Toronto had struggled in third quarters all year (-69 in third-quarter point differential heading in, 24th in the league), a source of concern for head coach Dwane Casey, but not in this one.

Toronto currently is as confident as it has been in years, expecting to win every night, against any opponent. There’s no looking past anybody.

“You’ve got to look at it like a woman is a woman at the en


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