- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009

TORONTO (AP) | Rookie DeMar DeRozan scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Marco Belinelli added 15 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 100-93 on Sunday.

The ninth pick in June’s draft, DeRozan had two highlight-reel dunks in the final quarter, including a one-handed putback off Jarrett Jack’s missed jumper with 1:58 left that put Toronto up 96-88.

“My confidence is getting higher and higher every game,” DeRozan said. “I want to try and keep that going.”

Raptors coach Jay Triano said he has been impressed by how quickly DeRozan responds to coaching.

“He’s a great learner,” Triano said. “We told him the previous possession that if you are stuck in the corner, you either have to get back or go to the glass, you can’t just stay there because we had a fast break on us going the other way. Well, the next time he decided to go to the glass, which he has to option to do, and he gets the slam dunk.”

Jose Calderon had 12 points and Reggie Evans had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who have won two straight after starting the preseason 0-2.

Jack scored all 10 of his points in the fourth and Amir Johnson finished with 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who outrebounded the Wizards 49-41. Toronto went 36-for-40 from the free throw line.

Antawn Jamison had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas had 14 points and seven assists for the Wizards. Andray Blatche added 13 points and 10 rebounds, JaVale McGee scored 13 and Randy Foye had 10.

“The unit we put in in the second and the fourth did some things but didn’t finish well, they made some key mistakes,” Washington coach Flip Saunders said. “But those guys haven’t been in those situations a lot, where they’ve been asked to finish games, and it’s a different mentality.”

Jamison started 5-for-5 and scored 12 of Washington’s first 14 points, but made just one of his next five shots before halftime. He finished 9-for-15.

“When the season gets started I want to be going downhill on both ends of the floor. So I’m being very, very aggressive, taking the shots I would normally take,” Jamison said. “I want them to go in. I’m not just going with the mentality that it’s preseason.”

Arenas, limited to 15 regular-season games the past two years because of knee problems, missed all five shots he took in the first but went 4-for-7 in the third, scoring 12 points.

“He’s always been able to turn it on and off,” Jamison said. You could tell in the first quarter that he was just going through the motions but in the third quarter, he makes the game easier for everybody.”

Chris Bosh, who made his debut Friday after sitting out all of training camp and Toronto’s first two preseason games with a strained left hamstring, shot 2-for-7 and finished with eight points and four fouls in 19 minutes. Bosh acknowledged feeling tired but reported no problems with his injured leg.

“Now I feel like I’m 100 percent finally, so I can go out there and let it all hang out,” Bosh said.

Mike Miller started for Washington in place of Caron Butler, who was rested. The Wizards were also without center Brendan Haywood, who has a sprained right ankle.

Arenas picked up a technical foul for arguing a call at 7:36 of the third.

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