Wizards Get One for the Win Column!

Washington 93, Toronto 78

Rashard Lewis and Nick Young each had 15 points to lead the Washington Wizards to their first win after eight straight losses, a 93-78 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

After the worst start in franchise history, Coach Flip Saunders left Andray Blatche and Lewis on the bench to start the game. It was the first time this season Blatche didn't start. Before the game, a team official said Blatche had a right shoulder injury, and his participation would be a game-time decision.

Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton started in their places, but Blatche and Lewis, who missed Sunday's game with a sore right knee, entered the game with three minutes to play in the first quarter.

Blatche had nine points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. John Wall tied his season high with nine assists but missed nine of 12 shots. In his last two games, Wall is 6 for 21 from the field.

Toronto, which was playing its second of three games in three nights, was led by Andrea Bargnani with 22 points.

The Raptors, who scored just 62 points against Philadelphia on Saturday, threatened that mark again. After leading 20-17 after one, Toronto scored just 14 points in the second quarter and 18 in the third. The Raptors missed their first 14 3-point attempts and committed a season-high 23 turnovers.

Washington outscored the Raptors 29-14 in the second quarter. The Wizards took the lead on Jordan Crawford's free throw with 8:38 remaining and led 46-34 at halftime.

Washington extended its lead to 52-36 two minutes into the third quarter and led 71-52 after three. The Wizards' biggest lead was 79-52 early in the fourth quarter, but Toronto made it cosmetically close by going on a 12-0 run.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey said he wasn't focused on the Wizards' record. “I don't even look at that number -- 0-8,” he said. “They're an NBA team. They get paid on the first and 15th of every month.”

NOTES: Washington avoided becoming the sixth team since the 2002-03 season to lose its first nine games, according to STATS LLC. New Jersey lost a record 18 games to begin the 2009-10 season. ... Raptors F Jerryd Bayless missed his seventh consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. ... Blatche made his first 3-pointer of the season. ... Toronto, which beat Minnesota on Monday night, returns home to host Sacramento on Wednesday.

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