Sunday , Jan , 07 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas, Wizards travel to Toronto

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards hope to continue their strong play
this afternoon, as they visit the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

This is the first meeting of the season between the squads.

Washington is 7-14 at Toronto. The Wizards have won eight of the last 10
contests in this series.

The Wizards have won two in a row and seven of their last eight games overall.
All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas scored 29 of his 35 points in the first half as
Washington cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-105, on Friday at the
Verizon Center.

Arenas also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out 12 assists in the win over
the Clippers for the Wizards, who have won 13 of their last 16 games. Caron
Butler scored 27 points for Washington, while Antawn Jamison netted 19 in the

Washington, which returns home to host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at the
Verizon Center, is just 6-10 on the road this season.

Arenas has scored 30 or more points in two straight and seven of his last
eight outings.

Toronto plays the finale of a three-game homestand. Chris Bosh poured in 21
points and grabbed five rebounds as the Raptors knocked off the Atlanta Hawks,
105-94, on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

Bosh finished 8-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-11 from the foul line, while
Joey Graham scored 19 points and pulled down eight boards in the victory over
the Hawks. Morris Peterson ended with 16 points, rookie Andrea Bargnani scored
12 and Jose Calderon registered 12 points and a season-high 12 assists for the
Raptors, who snapped a three-game losing skid.

The Raptors, who lost to Phoenix in the opener of the current homestand, are a
solid 9-5 at home this season. After today’s game, they will embark on a
three-game road trip. Toronto will visit New Jersey, Milwaukee and Boston on
the upcoming swing.