Raptors, Wizards square off in D.C.
(Sports Network) – A battle of division leaders takes place tonight, as the
Washington Wizards host the Toronto Raptors at the Verizon Center.
The Southeast Division-leading Wizards will wrap up a four-game homestand and
are 2-1 so far on the stand. On Sunday they posted a 107-106 win over the
Golden State Warriors in odd fashion.
Gilbert Arenas buried three foul shots with just one-tenth of a second on the
clock to lift Washington to its second straight win after a four-game losing
streak. Arenas was fouled on his way to the basket and was given an extra free
throw after Warriors head coach Don Nelson was issued a technical foul for
Arenas ended with 32 points and Antawn Jamison added 18 points and 11 rebounds
in his second game back from injury for the Wizards, who improved to 23-8 at
the Verizon Center this season. Washington is 3 1/2 games ahead of Miami in
the Southeast standings and third overall in the Eastern Conference.
In injury news, Wizards center Brendan Haywood (back spasms) is questionable
for Tuesday’s game.
Meanwhile, the Raptors have dropped two in a row and will close out a brief
two-game road trip this evening in Washington. Toronto suffered a 120-97 loss
to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Chris Bosh scored 25 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who
have dropped three of their last four games. Juan Dixon scored 24 points in
the loss for Toronto, which is 12-19 on the road this season.
The Raptors are four games ahead of New Jersey in the Atlantic standings and
fourth overall in the East. On the injury front, Raptors rookie forward Andrea
Bargnani (personal) is questionable for Tuesday’s game. Bargnani did not play
against the Cavaliers.
Tuesday’s showdown between Toronto and Washington is the third of four
meetings this season. Toronto is 2-0 so far in the series, while both teams
will meet again on March 30 at the Verizon Center.
The Raptors have won three straight against Washington, but are winless over
their last five trips to D.C.