Raptors fend off Wizards for 99-92 win
Published Sunday, April 1, 2012 9:06PM EDT
TORONTO - Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and Jose Calderon added 15 as the Toronto Raptors fended off the Washington Wizards 99-92 Sunday night.
With yet another fourth-quarter collapse looming, Toronto (18-35) rode clutch baskets from Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan and a strong showing from the foul line to win for just the third time in the last nine games. The win improved the Raptors to 2-2 on their five-game homestand.
DeRozan finished with 15 points and Johnson added 10 in a reserve role for Toronto, which shot 21-for-23 from the line -- including an 11-for-12 showing in the pivotal final quarter.
Kevin Seraphin's career-high 16 points paced the Wizards (12-40), who have dropped 11 of 13 and are a dismal 5-21 away from Washington. John Wall added 13 points and 11 assists as the Wizards placed all five starters in double figures.
Up four at the break, Toronto held Washington in check throughout the third quarter thanks in large part to an aggressive stretch from DeRozan, who went 6-for-7 from the line in the period. Alan Anderson ended the quarter in style, knocking down a jumper at the horn as the Raptors entered the fourth ahead 71-61.
Anderson connected on a three-pointer early in the fourth to give Toronto a 13-point edge -- its largest of the game -- but Washington stuck around, closing to within six on a Jordan Crawford 18-foot jumper with just over five minutes remaining.