- The Washington Times - Friday, February 4, 2005

Last night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto:

KEY TO THE GAME

Gilbert Arenas’ ejection with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter resulted in a 44-26 run by the Raptors the rest of the way.

KEY NUMBER

67.6

Percent shooting from the field for the Wizards in the first half.

SEEN AND HEARD

Guard Larry Hughes, out of the lineup since breaking his right thumb against Phoenix on Jan. 15, said he expects to return Feb. 23 when the Wizards play host to Memphis.

“I’m looking to come back on the 23rd,” Hughes said. “Definitely. That’s the day I’m shooting for. I’m preparing myself to stay around D.C. and shoot during the All-Star break.”

Hughes said he felt teammates Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison have a good shot at making the Eastern Conference All-Star team as reserves. If one or both make it, Hughes said he would change his plans and go to Denver for the Feb. 20 game. The reserves will be announced Tuesday.

“If both of them make it, that’s great,” Hughes said. “But if one guy makes it then I’ll definitely support him.”

Before Hughes suffered the injury, he was having a season worthy of an All-Star invitation with career highs in points (21.2), rebounds (6.1) and assists (5.3). Hughes also leads the league in steals (2.82).

John N. Mitchell


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