The Raps got their chance to see the new-look Washington Wizards on Saturday night. The Wiz had a few new faces like Josh Howard, Al Thornton and James Singleton on the roster, who were acquired at the trade deadline, but the team looked alright even without their former stars Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. The Raps were without Chris Bosh once again but Jarret Jack stepped up and took care of business at home. Jack helped close out the Wizards in the fourth quarter, where he scored 11 of his 23 points.
Washington made a run in the third quarter when they went on a 11-0 run and by the end of the third, the Wiz were up 88-85 after trailing to the Raps in the first half. Toronto then clenched down on the D, holding the Wizards to 16 points in the fourth quarter as Toronto went on a 14-0 run late in the game.
Hedo ditched the mask early on and had 16 points and Antoine Wright was the highlight off of the bench and had 19 points.
As far as the new Wizards, Josh Howard scored 17 points and grabbed 7 boards, Al Thornton had 10 points and James Singleton had 6 points. Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 24 points and 6 boards.
- Raps shot 52% from the floor and held the Wiz to 47% shooting
- Andrea Bargnani had an impressive game on the defensive end: 18 pts, 6 boards and 4 swats
- Mike Miller had 8 of the Wizards' 12 turnovers
- For a Wizards perspective, check out Bullets Forever
- DeRozan Watch: 16 minutes, 2 pts, 1 rebound, 1 assist