Raptors 101, Wizards 88

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WASHINGTON -- Guard DeMar DeRozen scored 20 points and point guard Kyle Lowry added 19 points as the streaking Toronto Raptors used a dominating third quarter for a 101-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Patrick Patterson had 18 points and fellow forward Amir Johnson scored 17 for the Raptors (16-15), who turned a 48-45 halftime lead into a rout with a 19-4 third-quarter run fueled by 3-pointers.

Small forward Terrence Ross sank four 3-pointres in the third quarter for 12 of his 14 points. Lowry, who also had 11 assists, made all four of his 3-point attempts overall and Toronto finished 11 of 22 from beyond the arc.

The Raptors never trailed, led by 26 points in the second half and scored 25 points off Washington's 18 turnovers. Toronto has won five straight and is 9-2 since trading forward Rudy Gay to Sacramento last month.

Power forward Nene scored 15 points and point guard John Wall had 11 for the Wizards (14-16).

Washington has lost two straight games, both at home, after closing 2013 winning five of six.

Toronto shot 61.1 percent in the first quarter, had 17 assists on 20 first-half baskets and led 35-25 in the second quarter.

Lethargic early, Washington fed off Nene's eight second-quarter points and entered halftime trailing 48-45. The momentum didn't stay with the home team for long.

Ross' third 3-pointer within the opening three minutes of the third quarter extended the Raptors' lead to 60-49. Lowry's basket from beyond the arc capped the decisive run for a 73-53 lead with 5:21 remaining.

Wizards swingman Trevor Ariza received two technical fouls and was ejected during Toronto's third-quarter surge with six points before the crowd of 14,940.

The Raptors are 10-7 on the road with wins in seven of its last eight away games.

Forward Martell Webster and Bradley Beal each had 12 and Marcin Gortat 10 for the Wizards. Washington outrebounded Toronto 42-33.

The Raptors took the series opener in Toronto 96-88 on Nov. 22 despite a season-high 37 points from Wall, who had scored at least 20 points in eight straight games entering Friday's matchup.

NOTES: Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough did not play after reaggravating a left ankle injury in Wednesday night's win at Indiana. Before the game, Toronto announced G Dwight Buycks was assigned to the Bakersville Jam of the NBA's Developmental League. ... Wizards coach Randy Wittman said no formal timeline exists for F Al Harrington's return from right knee surgery. The 33-year-old Harrington has missed the last 21 games. ... G Gilbert Arenas was the last Washington player to score at least 20 points in nine straight games. He had 13 straight games with 20 or more points during the 2006-07 season. ... Toronto plays the middle game of a three-game road trip at the Miami Heat on Sunday, the same day Washington hosts the Golden State Warriors.

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