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Lowly Wizards zap Raptors


Lowly Wizards zap Raptors Antawn Jamison scored

30 points and added 12 rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 106-102 on Tuesday night, sending the Raptors to their fourth loss in a row.

Gilbert Arenas had 22 points and nine rebounds while Caron Butler added 19 points and seven rebounds in his 500th career NBA game to pace the Wizards (6-10). Brendan Haywood chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds as Washington won for the third time in four games.

Chris Bosh scored 18 of his 22 points in the second quarter and added 14 rebounds for the Raptors (7-12), who lost for the eighth time in the past 10 games.

And just like in every other loss during that string, Toronto was undone by an uneven second-half performance in front of 15,776 at the Air Canada Centre.

Coming into the game, the Raptors had been outscored in the second half in nine straight games, going 2-7 over that span. Things looked more promising Tuesday, as Toronto quickly erased a one-point halftime deficit and led by four midway through the third quarter.

After the Wizards responded with a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead, Toronto scored the final eight points of the quarter - punctuated by a Marco Belinelli three from the corner - to enjoy a 77-72 advantage entering the fourth.

The Wizards went back in front after Arenas converted a three-point play, and Jarrett Jack missed a wide-open three that would have given Toronto the lead. Jamison followed with a layup, then hit a floater in the lane and a free throw to give Washington a 93-87 lead with 4:04 remaining.

After Toronto closed to within two, Jamison buried a long jumper before holding his index finger to his lips as if to shush the crowd. Haywood followed with an emphatic block on Bosh's layup attempt, and Washington held on from there.

The Wizards finished at 48 per cent shooting compared to just 42 for the Raptors , but the major difference was in the fourth quarter, where Washington shot 11-for-16 from the field. Toronto went just 8-for-23 over the final 12 minutes.

Calderon was red-hot from the outset, pouring in 11 first-quarter points on a variety of layups and jumpers to keep Toronto close. And while his teammates weren't much help - the rest of the Raptors shot 5-for-21 in the opening quarter - Toronto trailed just 25-24 after one.

Bosh scored five straight points early in the second quarter to put the Raptors ahead, but Washington cut the lead on consecutive threes by Butler and Arenas.


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Added: December 3, 2009

 

 
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