Caron Butler scored 19 points, and Brendan Haywood had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won three of four.
Chris Bosh had 22 points and 14
rebounds, Andrea Bargnani had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Jose
Calderon added 20 points for the Raptors, who have lost four straight
and eight of 10.
Jarrett Jack had 18 and Hedo Turkoglu scored 13 for the Raptors.
Arenas had been held below 10 points
in each of his past two games, the first time he'd failed to score at
least 10 in back-to-back games since his rookie season in 2002. Thanks
to a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter, Arenas was back in
double figures by halftime in this one.
Arenas scored 12 points and Jamison
scored 10 in the fourth as the Wizards erased a five-point deficit in
the final quarter by shooting 11 for 16. The Raptors shot 8-for-23 in
A free throw by Amir Johnson gave
Toronto an 83-77 lead with 9:52 to play but the Wizards regained the
lead with a 13-2 run over the next 4:25, including three baskets by
Arenas, whose driving layup with 5:27 left made it 90-85 for
Calderon's driving layup with 2:45
remaining cut it to 93-91 but Jamison made a jumper, then held his
finger to his lips to quiet the crowd as he ran back down the court,
and Arenas made two free throws to push the lead to six, 97-91, with
2:15 to go.
Toronto rallied once more, with a
free throw from Turkoglu and two by Jack making it 99-97 with 58
seconds to play but the Raptors couldn't get any closer. Andray Blatche
made a pair from the line, Jamison made one of two and Earl Boykins hit
two more, making it 104-97 with 23 seconds left.
Bosh missed all six shots he took in
the first but Calderon scored 11 points for Toronto, who trailed 25-24
after one on Blatche's fadeaway jumper as the buzzer sounded.
Bosh snapped out of his funk with an
18-point second but Jamison scored 11 and the Wizards used five
3-pointers to keep it close before another buzzer-beating jumper, this
one from Boykins, gave them a 55-54 edge at the break.
It stayed close until the final
minute of the third, when Marco Belinelli made a 3-pointer and Turkoglu
added two free throws to give Toronto a 77-72 edge heading into the
Arenas got a technical foul
for arguing in the first. … Former NBA player Spud Webb attended the
game. … Members of the Wizards and Raptors will distribute food,
clothing and toys to people in need at Washington's D.C. Armory on
Thursday. The teams meet in Washington on Friday night.