Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th
Raptors78Final
Wizards93
Game 2: Friday, February 3rd
Wizards89Final
Raptors106
Game 3: Monday, February 6th
Raptors108Final
OT
Wizards111
Game 4: Sunday, April 1st
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Raptors99

Raptors 78

(4-6, 2-4 away)

Wizards 93

(1-8, 1-4 home)

    Coverage: TSNT

    7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2012

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 20 14 18 2678
    WSH 17 29 25 2293

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Bargnani 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast

    WSH: R. Lewis 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wizards shake up starting lineup, pick up season's first victory

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards won a game for the first time in nearly nine months, and did it with a reshaping of their front line.

    Coach Flip Saunders decided to bench forwards Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis. He started rookie Chris Singleton and second-year player Trevor Booker in their place, and the revamped team beat the Toronto Raptors 93-78 on Tuesday night for its first victory after eight losses this season.

    Saunders said he had decided on Monday to change his lineup, but Blatche hurt his right shoulder and felt a twinge in his knee during practice. He wasn't sure Blatche would play until shortly before the game. Lewis, who missed Sunday's game with a sore right knee, entered the game along with Blatche with three minutes to go in the first half.

    Lewis and Nick Young led Washington with 15 points.

    "Oh, man. It felt real good. It was like a playoff game," Young said. "I felt like jumping in the stands."

    On Sunday, the Wizards scored their fewest points in nearly three years in a 93-72 loss to Minnesota, and the fans booed them harshly. After they fell behind in the first quarter, the fans hooted again.

    "We got tired of being booed," Young said.

    After the boos, Blatche and Lewis came in, and Washington, which trailed 20-17 after the first quarter, outscored Toronto 29-14 in the second to lead by 12 at the half. Toronto briefly cut the lead to eight midway through the third quarter, but the Wizards opened up a 27-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

    Saunders said he talked before the game with owner Ted Leonsis, who counseled patience.

    "Don't listen to anything you hear," Leonsis told him. "We know what we've planned and what we've done, and how we're going about doing it, and at times it's going to look bad."

    The first eight games were horrible -- the worst start in franchise history. Four of the losses were by 18 points or more.

    Blatche had nine points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes.

    "When we're playing like that, I don't have no problem doing that role," Blatche said. "We didn't just win. We actually played well."

    Washington had balanced scoring. Jordan Crawford had 11 points, JaVale McGee added 10. Blatche and Singleton had nine, Booker and John Wall had eight.

    "We had a good, solid performance from a lot of players," Saunders said.

    Wall tied his season high with nine assists, but missed nine of 12 shots. In his last two games, Wall is 6 for 21 from the field.

    Toronto, which was playing its second of three games in three nights, was led by Andrea Bargnani with 22 points.

    "Our disposition wasn't good coming out of the locker room to begin the game," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We knew they were a hungry team, they were a wounded team. They were going to come out scratching and fighting and I didn't think we matched their fight."

    The Raptors, who scored just 62 points against Philadelphia on Saturday, threatened that mark again. After scoring 20 points in the first quarter, Toronto scored just 14 points in the second quarter and 18 in the third. The Raptors missed their first 14 3-point attempts and committed a season-high 23 turnovers.

    "You start turning the ball over and you can't recover from that and you can't get set up in your defense," Casey said.

    Game notes


    Washington avoided becoming the sixth team since the 2002-03 season to lose its first nine games, according to STATS LLC. New Jersey lost a record 18 games to begin the 2009-10 season. ... Raptors F Jerryd Bayless missed his seventh consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. ... Blatche made his first 3-pointer of the season. ... Toronto, which beat Minnesota on Monday night, returns home to host Sacramento on Wednesday. The Wizards play two sets of three games in as many nights -- from March 24-26 and April 4-6. ... Washington allowed its fewest points since Dec. 20, 2010.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    WSH
    Points 78 93
    FGM-FGA 30-76 (.395) 40-82 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 4-20 (.200) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 9-17 (.529)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-44 9-39
    Assists 21 20
    Turnovers 23 15
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 6 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 27

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Washington
    Andrea Bargnani Bargnani
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 15
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0