Young powers Wizards over RaptorsJan 16, 2011 - 6:05 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Nick Young scored 29 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 98-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Andray Blatche added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who rebounded from Thursday's loss to Minnesota. JaVale McGee added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Young recorded his fourth-highest point total of the season and another big performance at home -- just four days ago, he poured in a career-high 43 against Sacramento. Entering Saturday's game, Young was averaging 18.8 points at Verizon Center but only 13.3 points on the road, and Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said that's something the team wants to remedy.
"Right now he's got an unbelievable comfort level at home," Saunders said. "We've got to get him to bring that killer instinct offensively on the road."
Andrea Bargnani posted 25 points to lead the Raptors, who have lost three in a row. Jose Calderon nearly had a triple-double, going for 21 points, 15 assists, and nine rebounds.
The loss opened a five-game road trip, and Toronto will have to play the entire trip without guard Leandro Barbosa, who is expected to miss up to two weeks with a strained right hamstring.
"I can't ask for much more from our guys," said Raptors head coach Jay Triano. "On a back-to-back, and we have so many guys who are hurt and our margin of error isn't very good."
Washington held a 77-67 lead after Yi Jianlian made a layup 28 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Toronto scored the next eight points to stay close. Bargnani sank two three-pointers in the burst, which made holding onto the lead a tougher task for the Wizards.
They gave it up when Ed Davis' three-point play tied the game at 79 with 8:10 left, but Kirk Hinrich followed with a jumper to restore Washington's edge.
The Wizards' lead didn't eclipse two possessions down the stretch, and buckets from Davis and Calderon had the Raptors within 92-90 with 44.9 seconds remaining.
John Wall missed a jumper on Washington's next possession, but Young grabbed the rebound and drew a foul. He sank both attempts, then made two more with 10.6 seconds left after Calderon missed a shot.
Bargnani quickly answered with a three, but with only 8.9 seconds left, Toronto had run out of time. Young and Blatche made one free throw in the remaining time to help secure the victory.
Toronto led by as many as seven in the first quarter and carried a 25-19 advantage to the second. Washington, though, made 13-of-25 shots in the new quarter and held a 47-42 edge at the break.
Young scored 18 of his points in the third quarter, helping the Wizards expand their lead to 75-67.
Rashard Lewis went 3-for-4 from three-point range and scored 13 points for Washington...Amir Johnson ended with 12 points and 10 boards for Toronto, while Davis had 15 points off the bench...Washington has won three of five overall.
- TORONTO: 95
Jan 15 9:19 PM
- TORONTO: 70
End of 3rd
Jan 15 8:40 PM
- TORONTO: 42
Jan 15 8:01 PM
- TORONTO: 25
End of 1st
Jan 15 7:33 PM
- TORONTO: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
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