Hedo Turkoglu’s Jumper Ends Raptors’ Losing Streak


December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — Hedo Turkoglu hit a jumper with 8.1 seconds left in overtime to give Toronto a 109-107 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night, snapping the Raptors' losing streak at five games.

Turkoglu scored Toronto's final six points and finished with 20 overall. Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 31 points and 16 rebounds.

After Gilbert Arenas' 3-pointer tied it with 30 seconds left, Turkoglu's final jumper gave the Raptors the win. He took the inbound pass on the right baseline and put up a shot over Caron Butler to complete the scoring.

On the final possession, Arenas missed a layup with about 2 seconds left, and the Wizards' tip-in attempts also failed. Arenas finished with a season-high 34 points.

Arenas tied it with a jumper over Jarrett Jack with 13.7 seconds left in regulation, and Turkoglu's attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

It was the first overtime game of the season for both teams.

Butler scored 16 points, and Earl Boykins had 14 for the Wizards.

Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan each had 16 points for Toronto, with all of DeRozan's points coming in the first half.

The Raptors gave up more than 100 points for the 12th straight game, although they held the Wizards to 96 in regulation. It was only the third win in that span for Toronto.

The Raptors were coming off a 146-115 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday night. That marked the second-most points Toronto has allowed in its 15-year history, and prompted coach Jay Triano to call a team meeting Friday morning.

Despite his team's struggles, Triano decided against making any lineup changes.

"Those are our guys. We're going to ride with them," he said before the game.

The decision paid off early, as Toronto scored the game's first 10 points. The Wizards pulled ahead for the first time when Andray Blatche hit two free throws to make it 73-71 with 11:27 left in the fourth quarter.

Wizards coach Flip Saunders said G DeShawn Stevenson was "under the weather" before the game. Stevenson did not play. … Raptors F Reggie Evans, who has missed the entire season with a sprained left foot, had his hard cast removed Thursday. "Hopefully he can start some on-court stuff in the next couple of weeks," Triano said. … Toronto G Jose Calderon went a career-high 124 minutes without a turnover before losing the ball in the third quarter. … The teams were playing for the second time in four days. Washington won 106-102 at Toronto on Tuesday night.

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