With seven games remaining in the NBA regular season, the Canadians are now four wins ahead of the Indiana Pacers and the Wizards. Still ranked ninth in the Eastern Conference, they are level (37-38 each) with the Atlanta Hawks, who lost 119-123 to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Chicago Bulls are tied at 36-38 and would be the Raptors’ current opponent in the first round of play-ins.
Pöltl and his colleagues were never behind against Washington and just before the break they got the highest lead of the game with 61:40. Nevertheless, they only secured victory with a 27:20 in the final quarter. “We couldn’t keep our concentration high for the full 48 minutes, but we did our job,” said the local NBA pioneer. OG Anunoby with 29 and Fred VanVleet with 28 points were the top scorers for the Raptors facing the Miami Heat on Tuesday.