Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto Raptors Team Report – February 26

=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – February 26 ===

(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors fell to the Washington Wizards,
76-74, on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

Donyell Marshall had 20 points and Chris Bosh contributed 15 and nine rebounds
for the Raptors, who extended their season-high losing streak to seven games.
Morris Peterson chipped in 13 points in the setback.

Toronto trailed by six after three, but scored the first five points of the
fourth quarter to pull within 56-55. Marshall’s three-point play capped a 23-9
Raptors’ surge that bridged the thirds and fourth periods.

The game stayed close and the Raptors took a 62-60 advantage on a pair of free
throws by Jerome Moiso with 6:57 left. Washington then reeled off six of the
next seven points, capped by Gilbert Arenas’ jumper, to grab a 66-63 edge with
4:55 remaining.

Jerry Stackhouse’s jumper with 2:58 left in the game made it a 73-69 contest,
but Peterson answered shortly after with a three-pointer to bring Toronto
within one. After each team missed, Stackhouse was fouled with 1:17 left and
he made both free throws to give the Wizards a 75-72 lead.

Marshall countered at the other end to again bring the Raptors within one with
a jump hook and Bosh then grabbed Kwame Brown’s miss with 35 seconds left.
Roger Mason Jr. had a chance to put Toronto ahead, but his reverse layup was
off the mark. Stackhouse grabbed the loose ball and gave his team a 76-74 lead
as he made just 1-of-2 from the foul line with 13.9 seconds left.

The Raptors worked the clock down, but Jannero Pargo’s desperation three-
pointer just before time ran out fell short.

Toronto is off until Friday when it visits the Boston Celtics in the first of
a home-and-home set. The teams will also play on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors and Celtics will meet for the third time this season on Friday.
Toronto beat Boston, 105-95, on December 3, 2003, at Air Canada Centre, while
the Celtics defeated the Raptors, 114-111, on December 13 at the FleetCenter.

Bosh has scored in double digits in four straight games. He is averaging 13.8
points and 5.3 rebounds in that span.