Raptors Rapid Recap: Washington 106 - Toronto 102

-In what many considered a must-win game, Toronto fell yet again, this time 106 to 102 to the Washington Wizards despite big offensive games from Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani.

-The Wizards got good offensive production from their big 3, and a bigger boost from role players like Brendan Haywood (15 points, 9 boards and 3 blocks) and Earl Boykins (8 points and 5 assists.)  This was one of the key differences in the end as outside of Jarrett Jack (18 points), the rest of the Raptors' bench was very quiet offensively, and as usual, the defence didn't exactly hold up.

-The goat of the evening was Mr. Turkoglu.  With the ball in his hands down the stretch in a very close game he came up well short...

...unless you want to count his buzzer-beater which got the ACC fans their pizza.

Even in other key moments he failed to make necessary stops on D, or good decisions with the ball.  His stat-line looked ok (13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists) - but the Raps aren't paying Hedo $55 Million to fill the stat sheet - this team expected him to help deliver wins.

-Speaking of which, suddenly the w's look hard to come by.  Tomorrow night the Raps face a tough test against the Atlanta Hawks, then later this week, it's Washington again before taking on the Bulls on the second night of a back-to-back.

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