- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Washington Wizards entered Monday night's game against Toronto with two motivating factors.

The first: Give the fans a victory to enjoy in the home finale. The second: Win to avoid finishing in a tie for the worst record in franchise history since the NBA season expanded to 82 games.

Despite holding a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, the Wizards couldn't find a way to make either happen and lost 97-96.

On Saturday, the Wizards (19-62) posted a 100-98 road victory against the Raptors thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from Caron Butler. This time around, Toronto's Chris Bosh drilled the dagger.

Bosh got a pass and was so wide open that he had time to pause, set his feet and bury a 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left.

After a timeout, Butler tried to get a reverse layup in traffic to fall but missed. Bosh and Washington's Brendan Haywood battled for the rebound, but Toronto won the jump ball and time expired.

Bosh and Shawn Marion had 25 points and 15 rebounds apiece for Toronto. Butler led Washington with 28 points and nine rebounds.


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