Friday , Mar , 30 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto pulls away in OT to down Washington

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Morris Peterson drained a desperation three
at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, and Chris Bosh scored eight of his
37 points in the extra frame as Toronto edged Washington, 123-118, at the
Verizon Center.

Bosh also pulled down 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have now won four of
five games and remained in firm control of the Atlantic Division. T.J. Ford
added 23 points and six assists, while Juan Dixon chipped in with 17 points.

Gilbert Arenas netted 34 points and dished out seven helpers for the Wizards,
who fell into a virtual tie with Miami in the Southeast Division pending the
Heat’s game at Minnesota.

DeShawn Stevenson tallied 19 points and 10 boards and Caron Butler had 17
points. seven rebounds and five assists for Washington.

Bosh took over the game early in the extra frame. The All-Star buried three
consecutive field goals to give the Raptors a 117-112 lead with 2:28 on the

The Wizards battled back and drew with a point, 119-118, with 26 seconds left
thanks to four consecutive Arenas free throws.

Dixon answered with a pair of free throws on his own and Bosh punctuated the
win by swatting an Arenas shot in the final seconds.

The Wizards entered the final frame with a precarious two-point edge and
continued to hold on to a small lead as the game headed toward the stretch.
Arenas’s long three from the right wing to made it 102-99 with 30.3 ticks

Toronto wouldn’t give in, however. Ford drove down the right side of the lane
to draw the Raptors within a bucket, 102-101, with 26.4 seconds on the clock.

After Stevenson made 1-of-2 from the line, Toronto had a chance to tie but
Ford’s driving layup fell off the rim and Butler pulled down the rebounds with
9.4 left.

Butler then calmly went to the line and dropped in a pair to seemingly seal
things for Washington.

Dixon had other ideas and connected on a three with six ticks left to make it
a one-point game again.

Jose Calderon and Arenas traded free throws from there before Toronto had one
last chance to tie.

A long inbounds pass was lazily deflected by Michael Ruffin and Peterson, who
just checked in for the first time in the game, nailed a desperation three at
the buzzer to send things to overtime.

The Raptors took a 31-26 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and continued
to set the pace at intermission, 57-54.

The Wizards rebounded and forged in front, 79-77, with a solid third

Game Notes

Toronto is 14-22 away from Canada this season…The Raptors won the season
series 3-1..Toronto snapped at six game skid in Washington.