Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Tuesday, November 23rd
Game 2: Sunday, November 28th
Game 3: Friday, January 21st
Game 4: Friday, February 4th

Wizards 114

(7-5, 4-3 away)

Raptors 109

(6-9, 5-2 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    3:00 PM ET, November 28, 2004

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    WSH 20 25 21 34 14114
    TOR 23 23 26 28 9109

    Top Performers

    Washington: L. Hughes 33 Pts, 10 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Toronto: J. Rose 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hughes' triple-double leads Wizards

    TORONTO (AP) -- Larry Hughes made sure he didn't fall one assist short of a his first career triple-double again.

    Hughes had a season-high 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the Washington Wizards past the Toronto Raptors 114-109 in overtime Sunday.

    Hughes smiled after getting his 10th assist on Brendan Haywood's layup with 1:38 left in overtime. He said Haywood and Jared Jeffries cost him a triple-double in Friday's overtime loss to Philadelphia

    "Brendan and Jared missed two of my assists that would have given me one," Hughes said. "We talked about it and Brendan made sure he got it for me."

    Haywood didn't want to let Hughes down again.

    "He was real excited to get the ball into me. I was able to finish it for him," Haywood said. "He was joking we cost him his triple-double."

    Hughes scored 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 6:29 of regulation. His two free throws with 0.8 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

    "He won the game for us in that fourth quarter," Gilbert Arenas said. "He got us back and led us into overtime."

    Arenas added 27 points and Haywood had a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four of five games. They've also won five straight against Toronto.

    Washington was without coach Eddie Jordan, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his left leg and is expected to return for their next game, Wednesday against New Jersey. Assistant Mike O'Koren is coaching the Wizards in his absence.

    "We were down and it looked like we were out of it, it looked like we were spent," O'Koren said. "Give a lot of credit to Larry, who, while we couldn't make a shot, he got himself to the line and made some shots."

    Jalen Rose had 29 points for the Raptors, who have lost eight of 10 games.

    Washington rallied in regulation, and Hughes tied it at 100 with free throws. Vince Carter missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer.

    Hughes went 6-for-10 from the line in the fourth quarter before tying it with his two free throws.

    "I wasn't going to miss them," Hughes said. "Before that I was losing my concentration and focus. With 0.8 on the clock you can't miss those."

    Washington began overtime with an 8-2 run, but Rose's 3-pointer and Carter's layup cut it to three with 1:59 left.

    Haywood followed with a layup to make it 112-107, but Rose made a jumper to cut it to three again with 44 seconds remaining.

    After Toronto's Donyell Marshall missed a 3-point attempt with 9 seconds left, Washington's Jarvis Hayes grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

    "It's a big win because down the stretch it looked like Toronto had it. We basically stole this one from them," Haywood said.

    Toronto coach Sam Mitchell agreed.

    "We spoiled what could have been a good win," Mitchell said. "We gave up four layups in overtime. We've got to show some toughness. Because we're not big enough, that's not an excuse. We're getting shoved around, pushed around, we're letting guys go where they want to go."

    Game notes

    Mitchell didn't care that New York native Rafer Alston was angered about being benched in New York on Saturday. "We have a bunch of more games. A different night somebody is always upset. Pick a number," Mitchell said. "Do you think they'll ever be a day where I can walk into the locker room after a game and someone is not mad?" ... After Saturday's game, New York's Stephon Marbury criticized Mitchell for not running enough plays for Carter. "I shouldn't have to waste my time answering questions about what someone on another team, that's struggling like we're struggling, has comments on how we should play," Mitchell said. "When we beat them by 23 nothing was said." ... Official Bernie Fryer left after pulling a quad muscle with 8½ minutes left in the fourth quarter. ... The Wizards went 7-5 in November, their first winning November since they went 9-4 in November of 1984.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 109
    FGM-FGA 43-87 (.494) 47-94 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 8-13 (.615)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 7-40
    Assists 26 26
    Turnovers 14 16
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 28 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 33
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0