- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Bosh made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left, and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 97-96 on Monday night.

Trailing 93-80 with 6:30 remaining, Toronto outscored Washington 17-3 to pull off the win.

The Wizards seemed to have the game in hand after Brendan Haywood blocked two shots in the final moments, and hit one of two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to give Washington a 96-92 lead.

Shawn Marion’s layup with 21 seconds left made it 96-94, and the Wizards’ Juan Dixon threw an upcourt pass out of bounds to give the Raptors the opportunity for the game-winner.

Bosh, who had 25 points and 15 rebounds, converted his first 3-pointer since March 6. It was his 42nd double-double of the season, tying his 2006-07 franchise high.

Marion had 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Caron Butler scored 28 points and Antawn Jamison had 23 for Washington in its 62nd loss. The Wizards must win on Wednesday in Boston to avoid tying their franchise record for losses, set in 2000-01 when they were 19-63.

Jamison, who hobbled off the court with a right ankle injury early in the fourth quarter, gave the Wizards a 55-53 lead 18 seconds into the second half.

Washington increased the lead to 71-61 midway through the third quarter, and led 93-80 midway through the fourth after Butler hit two free throws.

Washington played without Gilbert Arenas, who’s played just twice in his on-again, off-again rehab stint from left knee surgery. Interim coach Ed Tapscott didn’t sound hopeful that Arenas would play in the Wizards’ final game on Wednesday.

“We only have one game left,” Tapscott said. “I don’t want to rule it out. I don’t want to rule it in.”

Toronto was without center Andrea Bargnani, who’s been hampered by a sore left heel. Bargnani played the Raptors’ final home game of the season on Sunday against Philadelphia, but interim coach Jay Triano wouldn’t play him on consecutive days.

“We know he’s playing through pain. Back-to-backs are out of the question,” Triano said.

Bargnani could play in Toronto’s final game in Chicago on Wednesday.

Notes:@ Tapscott tried to deflect talk that he would be replaced by former Minnesota and Detroit coach Flip Saunders after the season. “It’s just best that I not comment on that,” Tapscott said. “For me, it’s just a matter of focusing on finishing the season as strongly as possible.” … The Raptors signed G Quincy Douby for the rest of the season and for the 2009-10 season. … Washington was without F Andray Blatche, who was sidelined with a sore left knee.

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