Bosh, James Lead Raptors Past Wizards
Toronto 117, Washington 112
TORONTO, Feb. 1 (Ticker) -- Chris Bosh dominated the paint and Mike James provided the touch from the outside.
Bosh had 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and James added 29 points as the Toronto Raptors squeezed out a 117-112 triumph over the Washington Wizards.
Rookie Charlie Villanueva made a shot from the arc and Bosh's three-point play helped build an 87-71 bulge with 10:50 left.
"I felt like I could score everytime I touched the ball," said Bosh, who collected his 20th double-double. "It's nice because we won the game. We need to get some wins under our belt so it's nice to continue our homestand with a win."
The Raptors appeared to be in control when Villanueva nailed another 3-pointer, making it 103-85 with six minutes left.
However, Washington stormed back with a commanding 23-6 burst, capped by Gilbert Arenas' 3-pointer that made it 109-108 with 1:25 remaining.
"We fought for our lives, Antawn (Jamison) hit three 3-pointers and we finally got some stops but we just couldn't pull it out," said Arenas, who scored 35 points. "They hit big shots at the end. They had an 18-point lead that we had to cut into."
James then connected on a pair of 3-pointers around Arenas' layup, giving the Raptors a 115-110 edge with 24 seconds to go. Morris Peterson made two free throws in the waning moments to seal the victory.
"The shots were there and I didn't force anything," said James, who shot 5-of-7 from the arc. "I had my feet set and my eye on the target. At the end of the game you've got to make plays, that's what it's all about in a close game."
"We were able to get it close but James hit those back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back open," said Arenas, who made 11-of-21 shots overall.
Villanueva had 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Rose added 14 for the Raptors, who shot 54 percent (44-of-81) and made 10-of-20 shots from the arc.
Jamison scored 22 points and Caron Butler added 18 for Washington, which shot 51 percent (42-of-81) and made 9-of-17 3-pointers.