DeRozan scores 34 as Raptors edge Wizards 94-91


TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 94-91 on Wednesday night.

DeRozan went 15 for 15 at the free-throw line as Toronto won its fifth straight regular-season game against the Wizards, who swept the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Terrence Ross added 14 points for the Raptors (20-13), who have won three of four. Bismack Biyombo, who started the previous 18 games at center in place of injured Jonas Valanciunas, had 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

Otto Porter led the Wizards (14-16) with 20 points and nine rebounds. John Wall had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

The Raptors appeared to be in charge after Wall was assessed a technical foul for complaining about a call against him on Kyle Lowry. Toronto hit that free throw and Lowry’s foul shots to lead 90-81 with 3:13 to go in the fourth quarter.

But the Wizards scored the next seven points. After DeRozan hit two more free throws, Jared Dudley made a 3 with 39 seconds left to cut Toronto’s lead to 92-91.

Dudley had a chance to put Washington in front with less than 20 seconds to go, but his 3-point attempt was long. Lowry then hit a pair of free throws, and Washington missed three 3s in the final seconds that would have tied it.

Valanciunas had eight points and nine rebounds in his first start since Nov. 20.

Toronto carried a 77-65 lead into the fourth quarter. The Wizards pulled within three with 2:59 to go in the third on Dudley’s three-point play, but the Raptors closed out the quarter on a 12-3 run, including a pair of 3s for Ross.

Toronto led 52-41 at halftime. DeRozan had 17 points at the break, including a perfect 8 for 8 from the free-throw line.


Wizards: G Bradley Beal, averaging a team-best 19.8 points, missed his 10th straight game with a leg injury. The Wizards are 5-5 over that stretch. … Washington was 6 for 26 from the field in the second quarter.

Raptors: After hitting their first two 3s of the night, the Raptors missed nine straight from beyond the arc.