Raptors Rapid Recap - Toronto 109 - Washington 107


-WHEW.  That sound you heard was the collective sigh of relief from Toronto Raptors' fans.  The Raps and Wiz battled into OT for this one but the Dinos emerged victorious with a 109 to 107 win.

-MVP for Toronto?  Chris Bosh.  Bouncing back from a 2 point performance, CB4 dropped 31 on the Wizards and was relentless on the glass grabbing 16 rebounds, NINE of the offensive variety.

-And tonight his sidekicks came along for the ride when it counted most.  While they both struggled offensively early, Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani were big down the stretch with Hedo hitting a few gigantic shots to keep Washington at bay.

-This was indeed the gritty, hard-fought win the team needed as Washington didn't go quietly into the night, despite scoring only 17 first quarter points.  Gilbert Arenas had a game-high 34 points including the 3-pointer that sent this one to OT, and he got lots of help from his teammates; the Wiz had five players in double figures.

-We'll be breaking things down in full in the morning but this one has to feel good.  The team played its best defense in weeks holding Washington to 37% shooting while holding their own on the glass despite playing one of the best rebounding teams in the league.  There were still some issues of course, especially with turnovers early, but considering the "team talk" and recent play, this psychologically is huge.  Toronto has a run of winnable games coming up so to get this one and to be able to build off of a solid effort is huge.

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