Raptors hold off Wizards

Updated: February 19, 2013

Ever since Rudy Gay’s arrival in Toronto,
the Raptors continue to make a nice push up the standings.

As the second half of the season begins, the Raptors are hoping that Gay can
lead them to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Gay tallied 24 points and eight rebounds in Toronto’s 96-88 win over the
Washington Wizards.

Since the three-team swap that landed Gay, who’s already made two game-winning
shots, on Jan. 30, the Raptors have won six of their last eight contests.
Currently the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference, Toronto sits five games
behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot.

DeMar DeRozan added 24 points in the triumph.

Bradley Beal netted 25 points to lead Washington, which has dropped two
straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak.

John Wall’s reverse gave the Wizards a 19-18 lead before the Raptors countered
with the next 11 that spanned the first and second quarters as Toronto opened
up a 29-19 advantage in the beginning stages of the second.

Washington, though, netted the next 10 to tie it. But the visitors responded a
bit later as Gay poured in seven points during a 9-2 flurry to help Toronto
build a 45-39 cushion with 3:33 left in the period before taking a 55-46 edge
into the break.

Toronto led 73-65 after three and the Wizards never cut the deficit below four
in the final frame.

Game Notes

The Raptors have won three consecutive road tilts … Kyle Lowry finished with
11 points and 10 assists for Toronto … Washington shot just 38.5 percent
(30-of-78) from the floor.