TORONTO, Nov. 28 (Ticker) -- Larry Hughes
came up big when the
Washington Wizards needed him most.
Hughes, who recorded his first triple-double of the season,
poured in 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Wizards used
a big spurt in overtime to knock off the Toronto Raptors, 114-109.
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Washington trailed by nine with just under four minutes to play
but went on a 12-3 run to end regulation and tie the game, 100-100. Hughes was clutch, scoring five points in the run,
including a pair of free throws with eight-tenths of a second to
"I wasn't going to miss them," Hughes said. "I had missed a few
(free throws) earlier, so with 0.8 on the clock, I was very
"He won the game for us in that fourth quarter," Wizards guard
said. "He got us back and carried us into
overtime and we did the rest of the job from there. He did a
great job and we played off his energy."
After Toronto took a 102-100 lead early in overtime, Washington
went on an 8-0 run to take command.
Hughes collected 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 52
minutes for Washington, which won its fifth straight over
Toronto. He combined with Arenas (27) and Brendan Haywood
(season-high 22) to score 82 points, grab 22 rebounds and hand
out 18 assists.
"We didn't panic," Hughes said. "We knew we could make plays.
I was just being patient, always in attack mode, but trying not
to be overly aggressive."
Toronto, which lost for the eighth time in its last 11 games,
allowed 34 points in the fourth quarter as the game slipped
"Any time you have a nine-point lead with less than three minutes
to go on your home court, that should be enough," Raptors
forward Jalen Rose
said. "So we are disappointed we let that
one get away from us."
The Raptors had their chances down the stretch but Vince Carter
missed a jumper from the left wing as time expired in regulation
and Donyell Marshall
misfired on a potential game-tying
3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left in the extra session.
Rose scored 29 points and Carter and Marshall added 26 and 12,
respectively, for Toronto, which plays its next six games on the
road against Eastern Conference opponents.
"A loss is a loss -- all of them hurt," Carter said. "Once
again, it's another game we definitely should have won."