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The Toronto Raptors will be without Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards because of a sore knee, the team said.

It was unclear when Leonard injured the knee or when it became apparent for the Raptors.

Leonard, averaging 27 points and 7.7 rebounds, has been held out to rest periodically throughout the season as the Raptors carefully manage his minutes. He missed most of last season with a quadriceps injury.

The Raptors will also be without guard Fred VanVleet, who will miss at least three weeks with a left thumb injury.

The Nets gave the Raptors a tough time Monday, with Leonard hitting a game-winning bank shot with 4.4 seconds left. He scored 30 points for the game.

Leonard has been in slump by his standards, but Monday he also matched his career best with eight assists.

The Raptors (42-16) have won five in a row to get back within a game of the Milwaukee Bucks for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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