“It was a frustrating game,” Capitals forward Tom Wilson said. “They played us hard and smart. They had the foot speed, were one or two steps ahead of us all night. They played well.”
With Thompson out, Love has caught on at the five, and is averaging 24.2 points over his last six games (he missed Saturday’s contest with a minor hip injury).
The Hawks, meanwhile, benched their best player in the fourth quarter of their last game — a 111-107 loss to the New York Knicks. Dennis Schroder, the team’s leading scorer (20.4 ppg) who scored 27 points in Atlanta’s last game against Cleveland, sat out the final 8:14 of the Knicks game.
“You’ve got to ask Coach and then let me know,” Schroder said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m supposed to be out there but it didn’t happen. So, that’s it.”
Penguins F Patric Hornqvist (upper body) was in the lineup after leaving during the third period of Saturday’s loss against Toronto. … Penguins G Matt Murray participated in the morning skate for the second time since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 27. Murray is considered day to day. … Avalanche F Nail Yakupov missed his third straight game with an illness. … Colorado dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … Penguins F Tom Kuhnhackl (upper body) missed his second game. . It was the 500th consecutive home sellout for the Penguins. …
Dwane Casey’s 500th career game as Toronto’s coach had plenty of moments to go sideways, especially after his team let a 15-point lead slip away in the first half.
DeMar DeRozan’s decision to be more aggressive in the third quarter kept the Raptors on track and they extended their longest winning streak of the season.
DeRozan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Toronto held off the Sacramento Kings 102-87 on Sunday for its sixth straight victory.