Raptors 103, Wizards 100

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TORONTO (AP)—Jalen Rose wanted to thank Washington’s Gilbert Arenas after the Toronto Raptors matched their biggest comeback in franchise history.

Rose had 26 points, and Rafer Alston scored all 16 of his points in the second half in Toronto’s 103-100 victory over the Wizards on Friday night.

Toronto trailed by 22 points in the third quarter before rallying to tie the comeback mark set April 19, 1996, also against Washington.

The Raptors gained momentum after Arenas was ejected in the third. The guard received a technical before throwing a bounce pass that hit official Bill Kennedy in the leg. Kennedy tossed Arenas with 4:39 left in the period with Washington up by 15.

“Wow, I think I need to send Gilbert Arenas a Christmas card because we caught a break with him being ejected,” Rose said.

Toronto outscored Washington 34-20 in the fourth quarter, with Rose and Alston combining for 23 points.

“They just fed off my ejection,” Arenas said. “It hurt us a lot.”

Toronto couldn’t guard Arenas in the first half when he scored all 21 of his points. Arenas didn’t think he deserved the ejection.

“I was shocked I got the first technical, especially when Jalen Rose was cussing the ref out before the half,” Arenas said. “At least let me say one bad word. I can do that. Don’t give me a technical for slapping the ball with my hand.”

Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost a season-high four straight. At 26-19, the Wizards are having a good year in large part because Arenas has shown maturity and become a leader.

Alston, who says he’s just like Arenas, returned to the Raptors following a two-game suspension after he stormed out of practice last week.

“I’m glad it’s not just me,” Alston said.

Alston capped a 11-4 run to start the fourth with a fast-break layup, cutting the lead to three with 8:03 left. But Jamison made a 3-pointer, Dixon made a jumper and Anthony Peeler made a 3-pointer to give Washington a 92-81 lead with 5:49 left.

Toronto followed with a 13-4 run, with Rose scoring 10 points during the spree that cut the lead to two with 2:28 left.

Washington’s Juan Dixon followed with a jumper, but Alston made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one with 1:49 remaining.

Rose went to the line with 1:05 remaining and made a free throw to tie it. He then raised his arms to get the crowd going before giving Toronto the lead for good with his next free throw.

The officials then ruled Jamison committed goaltending on Donyell Marshall’s 3-point attempt, giving Toronto a 102-98 with 29 seconds left.

Marshall added 20 points for the Raptors, who rallied from a 19 point third-quarter deficit to beat Indiana on Wednesday night.

“The team doctors wanted to see me about this ulcer that is starting to develop in my stomach,” Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said, joking.

Washington shot a season-high 68 percent in the first half and led 58-43 at halftime.


Milt Palacio started in place of Alston, who has temporally lost the starting job. … Washington is 4-6 since guard Larry Hughes broke his thumb.

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A. Jamison A. Jamison
12-24,  30 Pts
11 Rebs, 5 Assists
R. Alston R. Alston
6-13,  16 Pts
4 Rebs, 8 Assists

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