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NBA TORONTO 54 WASHINGTON 58 5:55 LEFT, 3RD QTR 8:37PM ET


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TORONTO (97) AT WASHINGTON (98)

TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

OAKLEY F 34 8-11 2-2 1 7 8 3 3 0 3 18 CARTER F 32 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 1 2 4 STEWART C 17 1-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 2 CHRISTIE G 32 6-13 4-4 2 3 5 3 3 2 5 17 A WILLIAMS G 30 1-8 4-4 0 1 1 9 1 2 1 7 SLATER 18 3-5 2-2 2 1 3 0 5 0 3 8 MCGRADY 22 5-10 4-5 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 14 WALLACE 10 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 2 1 2 BROWN 26 6-14 1-2 0 4 4 3 1 1 1 17 THOMAS 17 4-5 0-3 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 8 BAKER 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 CUNNINGHAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION K WILLIS DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 37-79 17-22 11 29 40 23 25 8 20 97 (.468) (.773) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

CHEANEY F 36 7-11 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 1 3 15 HOWARD F 34 7-16 2-2 2 4 6 3 3 1 5 16 DAVIS C 34 0-2 2-2 6 5 11 0 4 1 1 2 RICHMOND G 44 9-20 6-7 0 1 1 3 3 3 1 26 STRICKLAND G 39 4-13 8-14 2 4 6 11 1 2 2 16 C WHITNEY 9 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 4 THORPE 23 7-11 0-1 2 2 4 2 6 1 2 14 T MURRAY 14 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 5 LEGLER 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCINNIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 37-83 19-28 15 25 40 24 22 10 15 98 (.446) (.679) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(10 PTS)

TORONTO 26 24 23 24 - 97 WASHINGTON 23 25 16 34 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - WALLACE, SLATER, OAKLEY. WASHINGTON - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-11 (.545), CHRISTIE 1-2, A WILLIAMS 1-1, BROWN 4-8. WASHINGTON 5-14 (.357), CHEANEY 1-2, RICHMOND 2-6, STRICKLAND 0-2, C WHITNEY 1-2, T MURRAY 1-2. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DON VADEN, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,335. T - 2:24.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Calbert Cheaney hit a 22-footer with 11 seconds remaining, capping a comeback from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, as the Washington Wizards rallied for a 98-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Cheaney's shot came after Toronto's Tracy McGrady missed a wide-open 10-footer on the baseline. Doug Christie missed a leaner from the foul line with less than two seconds remaining and time expired during the scramble for the rebound.

"Right from when it left my hands, I knew it was good," Cheaney said. "I thought it was a 3. They left me wide open. You don't like to have a game that close. This was a big, big win."

Kevin Willis, who had 28 points and 16 rebounds in his Toronto debut Friday, did not dress due to back spasms and is listed as day-to-day.

Mitch Richmond scored 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, for the Wizards, who opened their season with a 96-81 loss at Indiana. Richmond scored nine in the first period, one more than he scored in Friday's loss.

Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland each scored 16 points and Cheaney added 15 for Washington. Otis Thorpe and Strickland also sparked the fourth-quarter surge with eight and six in the period, respectively.

Washington shot 56 percent (14-of-25) and forced five turnovers in the final quarter.

"It was a gutsy win," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "When we were down, they stepped it up. We made some stops defensively."

"To come home, especially after last night, this was huge," Howard added. "We found a way to come back in the fourth. Games like this give us confidence."

Charles Oakley had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who opened an 84-70 lead with 8:31 remaining but collapsed and were denied moving two games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. Toronto won 103-92 at Boston on Friday.

Doug Christie and Dee Brown each added 17 points for the Raptors, who also missed a chance to post consecutive road wins for the first time since ending the 1996-97 season with wins at Charlotte and Boston.

"Last year, we learned more from winning those close games than from losing," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "We've been here so many times, you just have to grab it by the throat and go. We played hard and we played physical."

With Washington leading 62-60 with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter, Brown scored eight points in a 15-2 run that gave the Raptors a 75-64 lead early in the final period.

Richmond hit a three-pointer with 3:12 remaining to cap a 20-5 spurt that moved the Wizards within 90-89. McCrady hit two foul shots to give Toronto a 97-92 lead with 1:38 remaining but the Raptors did not score again.

"We played hard the whole time, but usually the last run wins," Brown said. "We ran out of time to do what we wanted to do. We should have won this one. They kept fighting and earned it."

Strickland hit a jumper and two foul shots to pull the Wizards within 97-96 with 1:04 to go. Toronto failed to convert on its next possession as Cheaney lost control at the top of the key with 48 seconds remaining. Howard gave the Raptors another chance to extend the lead by missing a jumper 14 seconds later.

"You don't want to lose these types," Oakley said. "They hit some big, big shots. The key was they got faster toward the end."

Washington swept three games from Toronto last season. It has won its last six home meetings with the Raptors since November 18, 1995.

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