Wizards Vs. Raptors: Trevor Booker, Jordan Crawford Score In Bunches, But Washington Loses 116-107

The Wizards youngsters scored plenty, but Washington loses its sixth straight game as a fourth-quarter comeback falls short.

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Wizards Vs. Raptors: Washington Loses 116-107 As Comeback Falls Short In Toronto

A fourth-quarter comeback fell short as the Wizards lost to the Raptors by a score of 116-107 in Toronto on Friday night. It's the sixth consecutive loss for Washington, which continues to tumble as the season drags toward an end.

At least in this one the Wizards showed some fight, clawing back into the game in the fourth quarter when they could have become uninterested, entering the period down 11. Washington went on an 11-2 run late in the final frame to pull within two points at 98-96.

But the final 2:30 belonged to the Raptors, who closed out the Wizards with relative ease. The dagger was probably a Jose Calderon three-pointer with the shot clock winding down pushed the lead back to 10 with 1:19 to play.

Andrea Bargnani torched the Wizards for 33 points -- including an absurd 15 points coming at the line on a career-high 18 free throws. The Italian big has made an effort to get to the line more often this season ... bumping his average up to 5.2 per game entering this contest.

The Wizards started three rookies for the second straight game. Offensive options were limited with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis sidelined, making oom for the likes of Jordan Crawford and Trevor Booker to let it fly on the offensive end.

Booker had 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting, while 13 rebounds. Crawford scored 25 points on an Iversonian 12 for 27, while John Wall added 21 points and 7 assists.

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Wizards Vs. Raptors Score: Toronto Shooting Lights Out, Leads 62-53 At Halftime

The shorthanded Washington Wizards are looking for their second road win of the season. If they want to get it against the Toronto Raptors, they're going to need to play better defense. The Wizards have shown some good things offensively, but still trail 62-53 after the first half. 

The Raptors are shooting 56 percent from the field in the first half and are lighting up the scoreboard. Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan have 18 points apiece, with Bargnani getting 13 of those 14 points at the free-throw line. Jose Calderon added 12 points for the Raptors.

The Wizards have put up some good numbers of their own, though. Trevor Booker and Jordan Crawford have 16 and 15 points, respectively, while John Wall has 11 points and four assists. The Wizards are shooting nearly 48 percent as a team, and are usually getting good shots offensively. They just need to figure out a way to play some defense. 

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Wizards Vs. Raptors: Washington Looks For Second Road Win Of Season

The Washington Wizards look to get back on the winning track when they take on the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Center in Toronto at 7 p.m. The Raptors are also struggling, so this gives the Wizards a chance to pick up their second road win of the season.

It's been a tough go of it for the Wizards recently. They have lost five games in a row and 12 of their last 13. The only win came at home against the lowly Timberwolves, and five of the last eight losses have come by double digits. The Wizards have been banged up, with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis both out of action again in this game.

At 18-49, the Raptors are only slightly better than the Wizards this season. It's been a lost year for them after franchise player Chris Bosh left to join the Miami Heat. Like the Wizards, they are hoping for some draft luck this season.

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