Wizards Fall Hard In Toronto
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TORONTO (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington Wizards dropped their third straight with a 106-89 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Leandro Barbosa shook off flu-like symptoms to score 19 points and Amir Johnson had 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Raptors win.
Linas Kleiza added 15 points and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists for the Raptors, who bounced back from consecutive blowout losses to Atlanta and Boston and improved to 2-9 without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani, who is out with a strained left calf.
James Johnson scored 13 points and DeMar DeRozan had 11 as Toronto topped 100 points for just the third time this season, exceeding the 80.2 they’d been averaging without Bargnani. The Raptors scored 104 points Dec. 26 in an opening night win at Cleveland, and had 111 in a double-overtime win at Utah on Jan. 25.
Barbosa missed Friday’s shootaround with flulike symptoms but showed no ill effects against the Wizards. He scored nine points in the second quarter and had six more in the third.
Nick Young scored 21 points and John Wall had 15 as the Wizards lost their third straight and fourth of five. Trevor Booker scored 13 points and Jordan Crawford had 11.
Washington dropped to 1-10 away from home this season and has won just four times in 52 road games since the start of last season.
The Raptors were ahead 80-69 heading into the fourth and pulled away from there, leading by as many as 22.
Toronto, which led by 10 at the break, matched a season high with 55 first-half points.
Wizards veteran Rashard Lewis scored eight points, leaving him six shy of 15,000 for his career. When he reaches the mark, Lewis will join Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd as the only players to score at least 15,000 points, grab 5,000 rebounds and make 1,500 3-pointers.
Washington will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Tip time at the Verizon Center is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Calderon’s career high in assists is 19, set twice. … Kleiza returned for the Raptors after sitting out Wednesday’s loss at Boston with soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee. … Wizards coach Randy Wittman was the replacement when current Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fired by Minnesota in 2007.
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