Raptors’ Leonard sits out game vs. Wizards with sore knee

Kawhi Leonard did not play for the Raptors on Wednesday night against the Wizards because of a sore knee.

All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard did not play for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards because of a sore knee.

Leonard, averaging 27.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.8 minutes in 43 games this season for the Raptors, has been rested periodically by the team this season after playing only nine games last season for the San Antonio Spurs because of a quadriceps injury.

The Raptors are also without guard Fred VanVleet, who had surgery to repair a partially torn ligament near his left thumb Wednesday.

Leonard hit a game-winning bank shot with 4.4 seconds to play to beat the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. He finished with 30 points and matched his career-best with eight assists in the victory.

Toronto entered Wednesday night’s game against Washington at 42-16, a game behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings.