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NBA Raptors Rally from 22-Point Deficit to Top Wizards


The Toronto Raptors erased a 22-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 103-100 Friday in a close National Basketball Association contest.

Toronto's Jalen Rose had 26 points to lead the Raptors at home. Washington seemed to lose its pace in the game after star Gilbert Arenas was ejected in the third quarter. The loss was the Wizards season-high fourth in a row.

Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal hit two free throws with four seconds to go as the Pacers edged the Dallas Mavericks 95-94 and snapped a six-game losing streak.

In Boston, the Celtics exploded in the fourth quarter to top the Orlando Magic 112-100. Celtics' Raef LaFrentz scored seven of his 19 points in a 20-4 run late in the Boston victory.

The Milwaukee Bucks scored the go-ahead basket with just 15 seconds remaining in a 92-90 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. Michael Redd led the host Bucks with 32 points, including the game-winning basket.

In another close game, Sacramento's Mike Bibby scored a career-high 40 points and Matt Barnes made the go-ahead free throw as the Kings slipped past the New York Knicks 116-115.

Houston's Tracy McGrady netted 40 points -- including a key three point shot in overtime -- to give his Rockets a 119-113 win over the host Minnesota Timberwolves. McGrady also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Houston teammate Yao Ming had 23 points and 14 boards.

Other NBA winners Friday were the 76ers, Warriors and Trail Blazers.

The Philadelphia 76ers trounced the Atlanta Hawks 103-85, the Golden State Warriors defeated the New Orleans Hornets 90-82, and the Portland Trail Blazers rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats 101-89.

Some information provided by AP and Reuters.

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