The Washington Times - December 4, 2009, 06:32PM

    For the second time in four days, the Washington Wizards will take on the Toronto Raptors, this time at home.

     They pulled off a 106-102 victory on Tuesday, and are aiming to hold the high-scoring Raptors once again.


     A fast start will be the key for the Wizards, Flip Saunders said, is getting off to a strong start, which is something they usually struggle with at home.

     With the Raptors having lost five straight (the last of which being a 146-115 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday, Saunders expects their sense of urgency to be high.

     “You give up 146 and you’re going to try to correct it. I think there’s no question,” Saunders said. “They’ve given up about a 120 a game over the last six games, and they’ve called each other out about being a poor defensive team, so they’re going to try to come out with a great amount of intensity to start the game, and we have to try to match it, which is something we haven’t done real well at. We’ve done it on the road some, but not at home. But hopefully we’ll be able to do that tonight.”

     The Wizards will start Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood. Toronto will start Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani.