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Raptors rally from 22 down in third

By wire services
Published February 5, 2005


TORONTO - Jalen Rose wanted to thank Washington's Gilbert Arenas after the Raptors matched their biggest comeback in franchise history.

Rose had 26 points, and Rafer Alston scored all 16 of his points in the second half in Toronto's 103-100 victory over the Wizards on Friday night.

Toronto trailed by 22 in the third quarter before rallying to tie the comeback mark set April 19, 1996, also against Washington.

The Raptors gained momentum after Arenas was ejected in the third. The guard received a technical before throwing a bounce pass that hit official Bill Kennedy in the leg. Kennedy tossed Arenas with 4:39 left in the period with Washington up by 15.

"Wow, I think I need to send Gilbert Arenas a Christmas card, because we caught a break with him being ejected," Rose said.

Toronto outscored Washington 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

Arenas didn't think he deserved the ejection.

"I was shocked I got the first technical, especially when Jalen Rose was cussing the ref out before the half," Arenas said. "Don't give me a technical for slapping the ball with my hand."

The Wizards have lost a season-high four straight.

KINGS 116, KNICKS 115: Mike Bibby scored 15 of his career-high 40 in the fourth quarter, and Matt Barnes made the go-ahead free throw and two big defensive plays to cap host Sacramento's incredible rally - the Kings came back from an 11-point deficit in the final 31/2 minutes, scoring nine in the final 48 seconds to shock the Knicks. Sacramento played without three starters - Chris Webber (sore knee), Peja Stojakovic (back spasms) and Cuttino Mobley (back spasms). ... Knicks Forward Tim Thomas (strained right calf) was activated and guard Moochie Norris (Achilles' tendon) was placed on the injured list.

ROCKETS 119, T'WOLVES 113 (OT): Tracy McGrady had 40 points, 13 rebounds and a clutch 3-pointer in overtime to lead visiting Houston. Yao Ming added 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who took a 112-107 lead with 2:05 left in the extra period on McGrady's fourth 3-pointer of the night. Sam Cassell had 24 points and 11 assists but missed a potential game-winner for Minnesota at the end of the fourth quarter.

PACERS 95, MAVERICKS 94: Jermaine O'Neal scored 23 and Anthony Johnson added a season-high 21, including two free throws with 4.6 seconds to go, to help host Indiana snap a six-game losing streak. The two free throws by Johnson, who did not miss a shot from the field, gave Indiana a 95-92 lead, and he intentionally fouled Dirk Nowitzki to avoid the possibility of a tying 3-pointer. Nowitzki made the first free throw, then accidentally banked the second one in after trying to miss in hopes of a rebound. ... Pacers forward Jonathan Bender (knee) was placed on the injured list, and rookie center David Harrison (concussion) was activated.

TRAIL BLAZERS 101, HORNETS 89: Damon Stoudamire and rookie Sebastian Telfair each scored 23 to lead host Portland. Ruben Patterson added 21 points in Portland's second straight victory since Darius Miles returned from a two-game suspension. Miles, suspended last week after using racial slurs in a tirade against coach Maurice Cheeks in a film session, had 10 points in 27 minutes. Telfair, the 19-year-old from Brooklyn, reached a season high.

76ERS 103, HAWKS 85: Allen Iverson had 22 points and 12 assists and Kyle Korver made five 3-pointers to lead host Philadelphia. ... 76ers coach Jim O'Brien missed the game with the flu. Associate coach Lester Connor took O'Brien's place.

BUCKS 92, CLIPPERS 90: Michael Redd scored 32, including the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left, to lift host Milwaukee.

SUNS: Guard Leandro Barbosa was activated from the injured list, and guard William "Smush" Parker was released. Barbosa sprained his ankle Jan. 18.