Created: 11/22/2013 10:05 PM WHEC.com
(AP) TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay each scored 17 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 96-88 on Friday night, overcoming John Wall’s season-high 37 points.
Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto. Amir Johnson added 14 points and Kyle Lowry 12 for the Raptors, who have won two straight and lead the Atlantic Division with a 6-7 record.
Bradley Beal scored 17 points but Washington’s modest winning streak was snapped at two games. Nene had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost seven of their last eight in Toronto.
Already without injured forwards Al Harrington and Trevor Ariza, Washington lost forward Jan Vesely in the third quarter with a sore lower back.
After watching a 13-point lead disappear in a forgettable third quarter, the Raptors came out firing to start the fourth. Toronto took the lead with a 9-0 run to begin the period, then answered Beal’s 3-pointer with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3s by Steve Novak and Terrence Ross, to lead 83-73 with 6:33 remaining.
Wall replied with six straight points, and a three-point play by Beal cut it to 87-84 with 3:32 left.
After making one of two from the line, Wall hit a 3 with 1:33 left, cutting it to 90-88. Gay answered with a jumper, then sealed it with four straight free throws in the final 37 seconds.
DeRozan scored 11 points in the first and Johnson had 10, two of them on a huge alley-oop from Lowry, but the Wizards got seven each from Beal and Wall to keep it close. Toronto led 32-27 after one.
Washington made just four of 21 field goal attempts in the second, scoring only 11 points, as Toronto took a 51-38 edge into halftime.
Toronto went cold in the third, making four of 18 field goal attempts, while Wall suddenly got hot. He had 18 points in the third, scoring 16 of 18 points for the Wizards during one stretch as Washington took a 70-66 lead into the final quarter. At one point, Lowry lost a shoe while trying to defend the speedy Wall on a fast-break layup following a Toronto turnover.
NOTES: Lowry had nine assists. ... Harrington (right knee) missed his fifth straight game, while Ariza (right hamstring) sat out for the fourth consecutive game. ... Toronto was without F Quincy Acy (right ankle) and G Dwight Buycks, who is away from the team for personal reasons. ... The Raptors will also host Brooklyn, Miami and Denver on their four-game homestand.