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Raptors take care of Wizards

Apr 2, 2012 - 3:50 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andrea Bargnani had 18 points and eight rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards, 99-92, on Sunday.

Jose Calderon added 15 points and eight assists while DeMar DeRozan also netted 15 for Toronto, which has won two of its last three games.

"We're just trying to continue getting better...(and) finishing the season off strong," DeRozan said.

John Wall scored 13 points and dished out 11 assists for the Wizards, who have lost six of their last seven contests. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 18 points and Kevin Seraphin poured in 16.

After Calderon's driving layup gave the Raptors a seven-point lead, Wall made a pair of foul shots and then dished to Seraphin for a dunk to pull Washington within 89-86 with 1:17 left in the game.

Amir Johnson's putback dunk followed by two Bargnani free throws pushed the advantage back to seven, but Wall's three-point play made it 93-89 in favor of Toronto with 44 ticks remaining.

DeRozan drove to the hoop for a layup at the other end, but Crawford answered with a left-wing trey to pull Washington within 95-92 with 20 seconds to go.

Washington, though, would not get any closer as Alan Anderson and Gary Forbes each nailed a pair from the charity stripe to seal the win.

"We competed...but we just had a lot of mental lapses and stupid mistakes that cost us the game," Crawford said.

The Raptors shot 52.6 percent in the opening frame as they took a slim 22-21 advantage into the second. Bargnani netted eight first-quarter points.

Seraphin's dunk right before the first-half buzzer pulled the Wizards within 46-42 heading into the break.

Toronto began the third stanza on a 9-1 flurry and Anderson's jumper at the third-quarter buzzer gave the Raptors a 71-61 advantage heading into the fourth.

Game Notes

Wall surpassed the 2,000 career point plateau in the loss...The Wizards have not allowed an opponent to score 100 points or more in their last nine games. The last time they held nine straight opposing teams under the century mark was Nov. 30-Dec. 17, 2002...Toronto's bench outscored Washington's reserves, 40-20.