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Jamison, Wizards outlast Raptors in overtime

Mar 8, 2008 - 4:38 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Antawn Jamison and the Washington Wizards edged the Toronto Raptors in a thriller.

Jamison scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Wizards held on to defeat the Raptors, 110-106, in overtime on Friday.

Reserves Roger Mason, Andray Blatche and rookie Nick Young combined to score 44 points for Washington (30-31), which closed to within three games of Toronto (33-28) for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

"I think this is my first win in Toronto," Blatche said. "Everybody played well off the bench - Roger, Nick and myself. We just came out and did our thing."

The Wizards, who snapped a four-game losing streak here, withstood 27 points by the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani and 20 - including 16 in the second half - by Jose Calderon to eke out the hard-fought win.

Washington led 53-45 at intermission but watched Toronto go on a 16-0 run in the third to take a 74-68 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

"We built ourselves a cushion after halftime and then they started making shots," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "The way the crowd was going, and the way they were making shots, I thought they were up 16 or 18 points, but we were only down six."

However, Young scored 10 points and Jamison eight in the fourth to help send the game into an extra period. Young could have ended the game in regulation but his 25-footer with the score knotted at 98-98 bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.

"I thought DeShawn (Stevenson) was going to take (the last shot)," Young said. "I was kind of shocked so I just threw it up; it felt good and almost went in."

In overtime, Jamison's layup with 1:43 left tied the score at 104-104 before a pair of foul shots by Blatche 31 seconds later gave Washington a two-point lead.

"I just did a great job as far as making a cut to the basket," said Jamison, who scored just four points in the first half. "Andray took his time and delivered a great pass to me, and I was able to get to fouled on the play."

After a bucket by Bargnani off an assist by Calderon again tied the score at 106-106 with 58 ticks on the clock, Jamison hit free throws at 40 seconds left and again with a half minute remaining to close out all scoring.

"We weren't supposed to foul because we knew if we were to get a miss we would have got the ball back," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "Those things happen sometimes, but all the guys played hard and it was just a tough basketball game."

Jamison notched his 34th double-double of the season - one off his career high.

The Wizards, who withstood five shot attempts by the Raptors - including three from the arc - in the final 32 seconds, nailed all eight of their shots from the free-throw line in OT.

"We just didn't execute down the stretch in overtime," Raptors forward Anthony Parker said. "The effort was there, but our shots just rimmed in and out."

Washington, which connected on 50 percent (41-of-82) from the field, was nearly perfect from the line, missing just one of its 21 free throws.

Calderon handed out nine assists and Carlos Delfino added 17 points off the bench for Toronto, which shot 40 percent (39-of-97) but fell to 1-3 in overtime games this season, including a 108-104 defeat to Washington on January 29.

"This was a tough loss even though we came back and made really good plays," Calderon said. "We don't like to lose at home. They made two really good plays in overtime, and that was it."