Thursday , Mar , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto Raptors Team Report – March 4

=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – March 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors failed to put two straight wins
together on Wednesday, as they were dealt an 84-70 setback at the hands of the
Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.

Donyell Marshall posted 22 points and 10 assists to lead the Raptors in both
categories, while Vince Carter added 16 points, as Toronto lost for the 10th
time in 11 games.

It took the Raptors nearly four minutes to record their first points of the
fourth quarter, leaving them trailing 70-57 and digging a hole they wouldn’t
be able to climb out of.

Washington eventually built its advantage up to 17 points, matching its
largest lead of the game, on a free throw by Kwame Brown with 4:18 to play,
and the Raptors soon made wholesale changes on the floor, indicating a
surrender.

The Raptors, who were outrebounded 61-38, held their opponents under 100
points for the 21st consecutive games, one shy of the franchise record.

The loss dropped Toronto into seventh-place, a half-game back of the New York
Knicks, in the race for the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Raptors will host
the Knicks on Friday.

Toronto, which has lost six straight and eight of its last nine at home, has
split its two matchups with the Knicks this season and has won eight of the
last 10 matchups. The Raps have also won seven of their last nine north of the
border in this series.

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