Toronto pounces after Arenas' ejection

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

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

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.

Game notes
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.