Bosh lifts Raptors over Wizards
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – After missing his first four shots, Chris Bosh
was good on his next 15 and finished with 34 points, as the Toronto Raptors
closed out a solid month with a 119-109 victory over the Washington Wizards at
the Air Canada Centre.
Jose Calderon scored a career-high 24 points and dished out 11 assists for the
Raptors, who shot a season-high 59 percent to win the fourth of their last
five games. Andrea Bargnani scored 14 points, while Morris Peterson had 11 in
Raptors guard T.J. Ford (ankle) missed four straight games but returned to
notch four points and a pair of assists.
Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points for the Wizards, who had a three-game winning
streak snapped. Caron Butler posted 21 points and seven rebounds. Antonio
Daniels had 14 points and Jarvis Hayes added 13.
Wizards forward Antawn Jamison will reportedly be sidelined for the next two
to eight weeks with a sprained left knee, and will undergo and MRI on
Thursday. Jamison left Tuesday’s 104-99 victory over Detroit after he banged
it in a collision with teammate DeShawn Stevenson in the first quarter.
The Raptors gained an early advantage in this game by going on a 19-3 burst
capped by a Bosh jumper with 1:44 left in the first, and led 28-17 heading
into the second.
Washington answered with a 13-4 spurt capped by a Roger Mason three-pointer
with 5:41 remaining in the second to cut its deficit to seven, and trailed
54-46 at halftime.
Hayes hit a pair of jumpers that cut the Wizards’ deficit to 90-80 in the
final minute of the third. Just when it seemed Washington would cut its
deficit to single digits, however, Toronto rattled off the next seven points
capped by an incredible three-quarter-court, 56-foot heave by Bosh at the
buzzer for a 97-80 Raptors lead heading into the fourth, as Toronto scored a
franchise-record 43 points in the third quarter.
A win for Washington would have clinched the Eastern Conference All-Star
coaching job for Eddie Jordan…Wednesday’s showdown between Washington and
Toronto was the second of four meetings this season. The Raptors posted a
116-111 win in the first meeting on January 7 at the Air Canada
Centre…Washington has won eight of the last 12 meetings overall, but has
lost seven of 11 and 12 of its last 17 at Toronto.