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Wizards avoid letdown in trip to Toronto, score all-important ‘W’ over Raptors

The Wizards’ 105-96 win in Toronto on Wednesday was not only emphatic, it also put Washington (36-23) a nose in front of the Raptors (36-25) for third place in the Eastern Conference. Securing the No. 3 seed is important, of course, because in all likelihood it means avoiding Cavaliers until the conference finals.

Making the Wizards’ road triumph even more impressive is that it came the night after they earned a 112-108 win at home over the Warriors. Wednesday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre had the look of a classic let-down spot for Washington.

But the Wizards outscored the Raptors 38-20 in the second quarter and never looked back.

Trailing by 22 after three quarters, Toronto’s 13-point edge in the fourth was superficial.

Bojan Bogdanovic, acquired from the Nets ahead of the trade deadline, came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for Washington. He shot 9 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 7 from long range.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Raptors, who have been without Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl Kyle Lowry for their last three and are not expected to get their starting point guard back for several weeks.

The Wizards and Raptors play again Friday night in Washington, their final meeting of the regular season. With the teams splitting the first two, the winner of the third claims the season series, a Cheap Fan Jerseys potential important tie-breaking factor when it comes to playoff seeding.