Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/31

Game 1: Friday, October 31st
Game 2: Friday, November 7th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 25th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 3rd

Raptors 60

(3-2, 0-2 away)

Wizards 86

(3-2, 2-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2003

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 19 4 15 2260
    WSH 22 29 19 1686

    Top Performers

    Toronto: J. Williams 5 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Washington: L. Hughes 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Raptors come close to record-low scoring

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Wizards didn't expect to be this good this fast. The Toronto Raptors have never been this inept.

    Jerome Williams

    The Raptors want the ball, but don't know what to do with it.

    The Raptors set records for offensive futility again Friday night, scoring just four points in the second quarter and a franchise-low 23 in the first half of an 86-60 loss to the Wizards.

    "We had a game plan, but I didn't think it was going to be that effective," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "I think it could have been a combination of them having an emotional win last night, traveling here. That truly wasn't the real Toronto Raptors out there."

    Larry Hughes scored 16 points to pace the Wizards, who led 51-23 at halftime and took over by pushing the tempo and controlling the boards in the second quarter. Washington outscored Toronto 29-4 in the period -- tying a franchise low for the Raptors.

    The Wizards, with one of the youngest lineups in the league, already have a 25-point win over Chicago and back-to-back comfortable victories over Dallas and Toronto.

    "We're ready for the Lakers," Jordan quipped. "What's working? Just a will to win, a will to play hard, a will to not be underdogs and accepting it. Young guys who are willing to make a name for the Wizards, not necessarily for themselves."

    The half of ineptitude came exactly one week after the Wizards held the Raptors to a franchise-low 27 first-half points in an 82-79 Raptors win at Toronto. The next day, the Raptors scored 24 in the second half against Minnesota and finished with a franchise-low total in a 73-56 loss.

    "No effort. We simply gave no effort," said Vince Carter, who scored 18 points on 8-for-21 shooting. "No effort, no nothing. We were beat from the beginning of the game. We've had slow starts every game we've played, it seems like. It's mental. I don't know why."

    The Raptors, averaging an NBA-low 76.3 points coming in, shot 37 percent from the field, committed 22 turnovers and were outrebounded 48-38. They lost any momentum they had from a 77-71 victory at home against Dallas on Thursday.

    "We let ourselves completely get out of sync offensively when they hit us with a little bit of a trap," Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said. "We just gave in mentally and didn't play the way you're supposed to play. When you do that, things go downhill from there."

    The game also goes into Washington's record books. The four points are the fewest the Wizards have ever allowed in a quarter; the 23 points are the fewest they've yielded in a half; 60 are the fewest for a game.

    The Raptors went 2-for-16 from the field in the second quarter after missing their first nine shots. Carter made both field goals, but was just 2-for-7 from the field in the period.

    Leading 22-19 after the first quarter, the Wizards took control with an 18-0 run using a fullcourt press and a more aggressive approach to the basket. Highlights included Etan Thomas' over-the-back block of Antonio Davis, who appeared headed for a fast-break dunk, and Hughes' 30-foot 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired.

    "We made them play our game," Washington point guard Gilbert Arenas said. "We were running at them all day. Don't let them get into a rhythm. That was the difference in the game."

    Game Notes: The NBA record for fewest points in a half in the shot-clock era is 19 by the Los Angeles Clippers against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999. The Clippers scored three points in the second quarter in that game, a league record for fewest points in a second quarter. ... After playing well against Dallas on Wednesday, Christian Laettner started again at center for the Wizards and had nine points and 11 rebounds. ... Kwame Brown's first career 3-pointer -- a bank shot at the halftime buzzer against Dallas on Wednesday -- created such a buzz that Jordan asked him to recreate the shot at practice Thursday. "He had to end practice with a bank-shot 3," Jordan said. "We couldn't end practice for 20 minutes. He kept trying and trying." ... O'Neill had hoped to add Tyrone Hill to the roster, but the veteran forward signed with Miami on Friday. "That's unfortunate," O'Neill said. "I would have loved to have had him."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 86
    FGM-FGA 25-68 (.368) 31-78 (.397)
    3PM-3PA 1-8 (.125) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 9-15 (.600) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 15-48
    Assists 14 18
    Turnovers 22 16
    Steals 8 12
    Blocks 6 1
    Fast Break Points 5 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jerome Williams Williams
    Points: 5
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 16
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0