WASHINGTON (AP) – Jarvis Hayes broke out of a shooting slump with a season-high 21 points, including six in overtime, and Gilbert Arenas scored 16 of his 37 in the final 121/2 minutes Tuesday night to lead the Washington Wizards over the Toronto Raptors 119-111.

Hayes didn’t score in the Wizards’ loss to Milwaukee on Friday, and he had gone 7-for-24 from the field in his last five games, but he opened the game with three jumpers and made two more in the extra period. He finished 8-for-15 with a season-high eight rebounds and made two key defensive plays in overtime, including a steal with 37 seconds remaining when the Raptors were trying to set up a game-tying shot.

Arenas went 13-for-24 from the field and had 10 assists. He was the force in a close fourth quarter as the up-and-down Wizards survived an up-and-down streetball-paced game. Washington’s record has been 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7, and now it’s 8-8.

Antawn Jamison added 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for the Wizards, and Jared Jeffries had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Chris Bosh scored 27 points, and Morris Peterson had 21 for the Raptors, who were trying to build a three-game road winning streak for the first time since February 2004. After a 1-15 November, Toronto opened December with wins at Atlanta and New Jersey. Jose Calderon had eight points, nine rebounds and a season-high 13 assists.

Peterson forced overtime with sheer hustle. With Toronto down by three with 12 seconds left, Peterson got the inbounds pass and launched a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He missed, but chased down the long rebound and dashed to the left corner and tried again, this time swishing the basket with 5 seconds to go.

The Wizards had time to set up the final play of regulation, but Arenas missed a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Points were aplenty from the opening tip in a game between two teams that in no way will be mistaken for defensive powers. Uncontested jumpers and clean drives to the basket were the order of the day, with the Wizards shooting 62 percent in the first quarter and the Raptors hitting 50 percent.

Hayes had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting by the end of the first quarter. The Wizards had a season-high 35 in the quarter, while the Raptors scored a season-high 61 points in the first half.

Both teams cooled off in the second half – Bosh went 1-for-8 in the third quarter – and the Wizards were able to carve out a nine-point lead that would have been greater if they hadn’t missed seven of 15 free throws in the period. The Raptors closed the quarter with a 5-0 spurt and trailed 83-79 going into the fourth.

The Wizards looked in good shape down the stretch when Arenas hit a pair of late 3-pointers, but Jamison missed a free throw with 14 seconds to go in regulation that gave Peterson the chance to send the game to overtime.

Notes: Raptors G Mike James returned after missing one game with a sore back. … Wizards F Michael Ruffin missed his third straight game with tendinitis in his right knee. … Jeffries had season highs in points (14) and blocks (three). … The Wizards were called for traveling five times, including three times in the second quarter.

AP-ES-12-06-05 2239EST


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