Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 2nd
Wizards99Final
Raptors96
Game 2: Tuesday, December 6th
Raptors111Final
OT
Wizards119
Game 3: Wednesday, February 1st
Wizards112Final
Raptors117

Raptors 111

(3-16, 2-8 away)

Wizards 119

(8-8, 5-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    TOR 32 29 18 26 6111
    WSH 35 24 24 22 14119

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Bosh 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: G. Arenas 37 Pts, 1 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Arenas comes alive in the second half

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jarvis Hayes didn't look like a player who had just posted a big fat zero. He relaxed and fired away from the opening tip, breaking out of a shooting slump with his best game of the season.

    Hayes had season highs with 21 points and eight rebounds Tuesday night, including six points with two steals in overtime, and the up-and-down Washington Wizards survived an up-and-down streetball-paced 119-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

    Hayes didn't score in the Wizards' three-point loss to Milwaukee on Friday, and he had gone 7-for-24 from the field in his last five games, but he opened the game with three jumpers and made two more in the extra period. He finished 8-for-15 from the floor, and his steal with 37 seconds remaining in overtime thwarted the Raptors' last chance to set up a game-tying shot.

    "Previously, up to this point, I've hesitated to shoot the ball," Hayes said. "And tonight and I just shot the open shot, shot the good shot and let it go, without even thinking about it."

    Hayes said he had been "out of rhythm" since the first game of the season as the Wizards tried to fit in several new players. Some advice from Antonio Daniels settled him down.

    "I keep reiterating to him, 'You're a great offensive player, but to take this team to that next level, you have to be just as good on the defensive end," Daniels said. "And tonight he got it going early. It was great to see him come out there and be aggressive, get the ball and knock some shots down."

    Gilbert Arenas scored 16 of his 37 points in the final 12½ minutes and had 10 assists for the Wizards. Antawn Jamison added 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Jared Jeffries had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.

    The victory moved the Wizards back to .500. Their record has been 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7, and now it's 8-8, symptomatic of a team trying to mesh early in the season.

    "In a nutshell, it's knowing everybody's game," Hayes said when asked about the uneven start.

    Chris Bosh scored 27 points, and Morris Peterson had 21 for the Raptors, who were trying to build a three-game road winning streak for the first time since February 2004. After a 1-15 November, Toronto opened December with wins at Atlanta and New Jersey.

    Jose Calderon added eight points, nine rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.

    "The guys played hard, they played together, they tried to help each other," coach Sam Mitchell said. "Sure, they make mistakes, but young guys do that. We can live with those, I can. The guys try to do everything I ask them to. What am I going to say to them? The good thing about it is we had an opportunity to win the game and we didn't get it done."

    Peterson forced overtime with sheer hustle. With Toronto down by three with 12 seconds left, Peterson got the inbounds pass and launched a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He missed, but chased down the long rebound and dashed to the left corner and tried again, this time swishing the basket with 5 seconds to go.

    Points were aplenty from the opening tip in a game between two teams that in no way will be mistaken for defensive powers. Uncontested jumpers and clean drives to the basket were the order of the day, with the Wizards shooting 62 percent in the first quarter and scoring a season-high 35 points. Toronto had a season-high 61 points in the first half.

    Both teams cooled off in the second half -- Bosh went 1-for-8 in the third quarter -- and the Wizards built a nine-point lead that would have been greater if they hadn't missed seven of 15 free throws in the period.

    The Wizards looked in good shape down the stretch when Arenas hit a pair of late 3-pointers, but Jamison missed a free throw with 14 seconds to go in regulation that gave Peterson the chance to send the game to overtime.

    "Our record does not reflect what kind of team we are," Peterson said. "Hopefully we can get it turned around. Every game I see growth in our young guys."

    Game notes


    Raptors G Mike James returned after missing one game with a sore back. ... Wizards F Michael Ruffin missed his third straight game with tendinitis in his right knee. ... Jeffries had season highs in points (14) and blocks (three). ... The Wizards were called for traveling five times, including three times in the second quarter.

    The Raptors have dropped their last four visits to the MCI Center by an average of 16.3 points. Toronto's last win in Washington was an 89-86 victory on March 4, 2003. Only Peterson and Alvin Williams remain on the roster from that game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    WSH
    Points 111 119
    FGM-FGA 40-84 (.476) 45-90 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 9-21 (.429) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 22-27 (.815) 22-36 (.611)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-42 12-44
    Assists 26 25
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 15 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 10

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Washington
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 27
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 37
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0