WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (Ticker) --
The Washington Wizards showed they are
capable of winning without Larry Hughes
and Juan Dixon
each scored 26 points and four
others reached double figures as the Wizards posted their first
win in three games without Hughes, a 118-109 triumph over the
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Washington's second-leading scorer and the NBA leader in steals,
Hughes suffered a broken right thumb in Saturday's victory over
Phoenix and is out at least four weeks. The Wizards were
unable to overcome the loss of their point guard in their next
two games, losing by a combined 45 points.
"We're not ever going to fully imitate what Larry brings, so we
just have to focus on doing what we can do," Wizards guard
said. "Jarvis (Hayes) did his thing as a starter
and it put Juan in the role that Juan plays."
Dixon made 11-of-16 shots. He scored 10 points in the fourth
"A lot of teams see me as a guy who just puts the ball into the
basket, but I've matured so much since last year," Dixon said.
"It just means that I'm becoming a better player all around and
it's something that I've worked extremely hard at this summer.
Hopefully, I can keep it going."
Washington never was in danger in this one, scoring the game's
first nine points and refusing to allow the lead to fall under
seven the rest of the way.
"We had to come out with a lot of energy and a lot of
composure," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "It was
important that we stayed organized."
Jamison, who also pulled down 13 rebounds, scored 10 points in
the first quarter as the Wizards closed with a 6-0 run. They
began the second period in similar fashion, scoring the first
eight points for a 43-20 cushion with 10:07 remaining.
After pushing the lead to 28 points later in the quarter, the
Wizards cruised to the break with a season-high 65 first-half
points and five players in double figures. The previous
season-best was 62 against Atlanta on December 3.
It was much of the same in the second half as Arenas scored 12
of his 23 points in the third quarter to help Washington to a
93-77 advantage. Arenas made just 3-of-14 shots but sank a
career-high 17 free throws on 20 attempts and added eight
Hayes had 16 points and eight rebounds, Jared Jeffries
and eight and Brendan Haywood
12 and nine for the Wizards, who
have won their last seven home games.
scored 32 points and Rafer Alston
had 20 and seven
assists for Toronto, which had its three-game winning streak
snapped and fell to 3-19 on the road.
"You can take three or four NBA games every year on the schedule
and just say, 'You know what, you're just going to play bad,'"
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "We started the game with no
energy, just like we had that bewildered look on our face, and
they jumped on us. ... We have a chance to be a decent
basketball team, but this was not a good night."
After playing just three minutes in the first quarter, Rose
scored nine points in the second period and added 23 in the
final 24 minutes.
"When I understood that I was going to start the second half, I
wanted to come out and not only get off to a good start but try
to help make a run to get us back into the game," he said.