- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2006


The Washington Wizards opened their preseason by dropping their only home game to the Toronto Raptors 93-88 last night.

Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 29 points in 30 minutes, and Jarvis Hayes came off the bench to add 14 points for the Wizards, who also committed 24 turnovers.

The Wizards’ first unit, which included center Brendan Haywood — who is locked in a battle for the starting center job with Etan Thomas — led by 14 points at the end of a first quarter that saw the Wizards make nine of 17 shots.

With the game tied 88-88 late in the fourth quarter, the Raptors used a 3-pointer from Jorge Garbajosa with 38 seconds to play for a 91-88 lead. On their next possession, the Wizards failed to convert, which led to a pair of free throws from the Raptors’ Jose Calderon to close the game out.

Haywood played well and finished with three points and a nine rebounds. Thomas contributed five points and five rebounds in a little less than 16 minutes.

The game marked the first preseason game for top draft pick Andrea Bargnani, who finished with eight points and four rebounds. Fred Jones led the Raptors, also making their preseason debut, with 17 points.

John N. Mitchell

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