Young paces Wizards pass Raptors

Toronto Raptors' Sundiata Gaines steals the ball from Washington Wizards' Kirk Hinrich. ...

Toronto Raptors' Sundiata Gaines steals the ball from Washington Wizards' Kirk Hinrich. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

WASHINGTON — Nick Young was threatening to take the game over.

After a very slow 1-for-8 start, Young found his rhythm and looked like he was going to single-handedly carry the Wizards to victory. At one point he scored 13 points in a row to start the second half.

On the other end of the floor, Andrea Bargnani through three quarters was having his normal visit to Washington kind of night which is to say not a very productive one.

Bargnani, who averages just over 11 points a game in his career in this arena, was just four-for-14 from the field in the first three quarters, but picked things up substantially in the fourth.

Young meanwhile had a seven-minute rest starting late in the third until the six minute mark and was nowhere near the one-man gang when he came back. In fact Young only made one more shot, a well contested three that failed to find the mark.

Bargnani spent that time trying to get it all back going four-for-six for 12 points with Young on the bench to get the Raps within striking distance.

The Raptors got back to within two before Young- who else? sank both free throws with 17.9 seconds left to give the Wizards a four point lead on their way to a 98-95 win.

Young finished the night with 29 points, easily a game high for either team. Bargnani settled for 25 to lead the Raptors.

The Raptors were ahead for most of the first half. Even after the Wizards rallied to take a 37-36 lead on Andray Blatche’s two free throws with four minutes left, the Raps answered back with Bargnani and DeRozan both hitting to re-establish a three-point Toronto lead.

But the final 3:09 was all Washington as the Wizards went on a 10-2 run to close out the half and take a five-point lead into the second.

With no Jerryd Bayless and no Leandro Barbosa, Jay Triano had no choice but to throw Sundiata Gaines into the mix even though he’s only been with the team for three days.

Gaines played just over five minutes in the first half with Claderon logged a game high 18:36 on a sore left foot he is choosing to ignore these days.

Calderon wound up playing 38 minutes and was a force all night. Early on it was all scoring but when his shot started to go snakey on him, Calderon adjusted and went to the pass.

He wound up with 19 points and 14 assists on the night. After making his first seven shots of the night, he cooled right off to go two for his next six. Even so he was also among the Raptors leaders in rebounds with nine which is a season high and tied his career high set in this very same arena 2005.


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