The Washington Wizards barely looked competitive in their last outing, losing by 30 points on their home court. They've been involved in a number of blowouts recently, but none of them were quite as lopsided as their last trip to Toronto.
Washington heads north of the border on Friday to face the Raptors for the first time since losing by 39 at the Air Canada Centre in January, its worst loss in more than six years.
The Wizards (29-31) had beaten Toronto in the nation's capital in their first two meetings in 2007-08, including a 108-104 overtime victory on Jan. 29. But when the teams met a day later in Canada, the Raptors (33-27) won 122-83, tying the largest margin of victory in franchise history, set in a 112-73 win over Atlanta on April 12, 2002.
It was Washington's worst defeat since losing 111-67 at New Jersey on Jan. 16, 2002 and its fourth straight loss in Toronto.
Large margins - one way or the other - have become custom for the Wizards over the past 10 days. They lost 94-69 on Feb. 26 at Houston, then three days later trailed by 18 at halftime in Chicago before outscoring the Bulls by 24 en route to a 97-91 win.
Washington followed that strong second half with a 101-84 victory over Western Conference power New Orleans on Sunday. But the Wizards' bad side showed up again on Wednesday, as they fell behind by 14 after one quarter on their way to a 122-92 loss to Orlando.
"They took it to us,'' coach Eddie Jordan said. "They were the aggressors, and we just didn't compete physically. ... I really thought we would compete at a higher level - and we didn't."
The Wizards have been working for the past month with a shorthanded squad - Caron Butler has missed 13 games with a hip injury and Gilbert Arenas has been out since November with a knee injury, though Arenas practiced Tuesday and may return within three weeks.
As a result, more of the scoring load has fallen on Antawn Jamison, who is averaging 21.2 points and a career-high 10.3 rebounds.
But his shot hasn't been falling lately. He's shooting just 36.8 percent from the field in his past five games, and a career-worst 42.8 percent for the season.
"I haven't been happy at all with my field goal percentage of late," said Jamison. "I've been rushing things and not taking my time, and guys have stuck with me."
Toronto is dealing with a major injury of its own. All-Star center Chris Bosh has missed the team's last three games with a swollen right knee and, though an MRI revealed no structural damage, he's expected to miss more time.
The Raptors lost three straight games without Bosh, including a 122-111 loss to Indiana on Feb. 29 in which he left late in the first quarter. But they didn't need him on Wednesday against the league-worst Heat as eight players scored at least eight points in Toronto's 108-83 win.
"Chris is a really important guy, but today, everybody did a great job and that's the way we have to play basketball - like a team," said guard Jose Calderon, who had nine points and 13 assists. "And if we play like a team, we're going to be all right."
Toronto got another scare on Wednesday when 2006 No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani had a collision and his head slammed on the court, causing him to lose three teeth. But after three minutes on the ground, Bargnani got up and hit two free throws.
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