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WASHINGTON -- In a season where all sides pressed him about the Raptors' poor record, his intentions in 2010 and prodded into his personal life, Chris Bosh was able to get away from it all for a few seconds last night.

It just happened he was holding a basketball in three-point land at the time, with no one in his face and a comeback victory on the line against the Washington Wizards. If only the whole year had been such a free and easy release of emotion for the captain as he calmly sank it with 9.9 seconds left to give Toronto a 97-96 comeback win, in the penultimate game of a 49-loss season.

Toronto still had to close out the home team last night with some gutsy defence, but everything went its way in the final 20 seconds, from ex-Raptor Juan Dixon's poorly timed pass that ended up across the court at Jay Triano's feet, to Bosh and Jose Calderon cooking up the winning shot to the mad scramble for the ball that ended Washington's hopes at the buzzer.

Just to make it sweeter, this time Toronto's Shawn Marion prevented Caron Butler from the late dagger that gave the last-place Wizards a win at the ACC four days earlier.

"Go for the kill," Bosh said of not driving to the hoop for two and the tie. "That's what they did to us. A high screen and roll with me and Amigo (Calderon). It was only fitting to try for the win like (Butler) did.

"It would be a shame to come out here (in Game 81 of a bad season) and just go through the motions."

The rare trey by Bosh tied him with Shawn Marion for the team lead in scoring last night with 25 points and 15 rebounds each. Marion was two rebounds away from a double-double in the first quarter when the Raps had a 14-point lead before they fell behind the whole second half.

"Shawn had a lot of bounce," Triano said, as Marion and Bosh joined Patrick O'Bryant with two blocks apiece. The seven-foot O'Bryant, starting for the injured Andrea Bargnani, had an up and down game, 4-for-10 from the field and unable to get in on a feast of 51 team rebounds. He was out-matched by Brendan Haywood of the Wizards, who had four blocks.

But Triano wasn't quibbling.

"We got a lot of our younger players significant minutes playing in crunch time," Triano said. "We also did a good job of throwing as many bodies at Caron as possible because he hurt us the other night."

Both teams showed why they have combined for 111 losses, Toronto has just 14 road wins all season, while eight NBA teams have more road victories then the Wizards had total wins.

"We needed this one," Marion said. "One more game (tomorrow in Chicago) and it's vacation time."

"(Butler) got me last time, we always go at it and at the end, I was going to make it hard for him.

"I take pride, I wanted to man up to him (after last week). That's why I came to this team.

"The more consistency we build up, the better it is for us in the long run."

It was a tough loss to swallow for interim coach Ed Tapscott of Washington, who learned before the game that Flip Saunders is headed here to replace him.

"I think there was a lot of positives and a lot of negatives to what we have done," Tapscott said. "We have identified who can be a core player among our young guys. We fought tonight even though we didn't come out with the win."


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