DeMar DeRozan hit a tough, contested game-winning jumper to lift the Raptors to a 95-93 home victory over Washington on Wednesday.
With less than 20 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 93, Kyle Lowry worked out of a high screen-and-roll at the top of the key. After attracting two help defenders, Toronto's All-Star point guard kicked the ball to DeRozan on the right wing. DeRozan dribbled to his right and then behind his back to his left, working his way to the right elbow against Paul Pierce. DeRozan used a quick pump-fake to set up a double-clutch jumper, and he leaned into his winner that found the net with 12.9 seconds left.
John Wall was unable to connect on a potential game-winning three-pointer and Toronto held on for the two-point win.
Lou Williams led the Raptors with a game-high 27 points and four rebounds off the bench. DeRozan added 23 points and three rebounds.
Wall paced the Wizards with 21 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Pierce added 17 points and three rebounds in a losing effort.
Toronto improved to 36-17. Washington fell to 33-21.