Raps roll over Wizards

Toronto Raptors' Ed Davis is fouled by Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

Toronto Raptors' Ed Davis is fouled by Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

TORONTO - Flip Saunders called this one about 90 minutes before it even began.

Asked to assess the Raptors, the Washington Wizards head coach said his Wizards were basically playing themselves when they go up against the Raptors.

“Toronto’s like us. A very young, athletic team that is building. They’re building around (Andrea) Bargnani ... Similar to us, they have games they play pretty well and games they play pretty bad. That’s part of what youth gives you.

“Your team is like our team. They play well at home and struggle sometimes when they go on the road. They have problems sometimes when things don’t go right because they want to do so well they have a tendency to get down on themselves pretty quick.”

And last night, with his Wizards in the middle of a road trip, Washington played exactly like a young team on the road and the Raptors, comfortable at home, took full advantage.

The result was a one-sided 127-108 Raptors win, in which just about everything that could go right for them did.

You knew this one was destined for the win column for the home side when with 1:28 left in the first half DeMar DeRozan hit just his second three-pointer of the season with the shot clock on the verge of expiring.

DeRozan, who has been hindered by a pulled hamstring he incurred a week ago Sunday against Boston appeared back to full speed Wednesday well before he hit that buzzer-beating three.

Not since a mid-November run through Florida when the Raps stole one in Orlando and gave the Heat everything they could handle has DeRozan looked as aggressive as he was against the Wizards.

His 20 points led all Raptors as did his seven free-throw attempts (five makes) which is probably the best indicator of DeRozan’s effectiveness on any given night.

It was exactly 15 nights earlier that these two teams met in Washington where a similar game played out only with the two teams fortunes reversed.

It’s like Saunders was saying — young teams like these are unpredictable.

The Wizards came into Toronto looking for their first road win of the season after eight consecutive losses away from home. But it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen about nine minutes into the game when the Raptors started pulling away.

Bargnani, who has been quiet lately had an all-but silent first quarter. Whether someone got in his ear between the first and second quarters, the Bargnani that came out in the second was a completely different player.

He scored nine of the Raptors first 11 points in the quarter as they opened on a 13-4 run.

Sonny Weems, who has not had the impact he was having the past five games or so, was a huge factor once again going off for 18.

Even rookie Ed Davis, making his NBA debut got it going against the Wizards showing off a toughness inside that belies his lithe frame while getting into double digits in scoring on the final Raptors basket of the night as he tipped in another loose ball to finish with 11.

Davis also pulled down six boards while playing a longer-than-expected 24 minutes.

The 127 points were easily a season high for the Raptors.


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