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NBA: Raptors clinch big win over Wizards

REVENGE Toronto matched their biggest win in the team's history by routing Washington with a 39-point margin, to which Andrea Bargnani contributed 19 points

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The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James scores the game's winning shot while the Portland Trail Blazers' Travis Outlaw looks on in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. The Cavaliers defeated the Trail Blazers 84-83.

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The Toronto Raptors crushed the Washington Wizards 122-83 on Wednesday, equaling the franchise record for their biggest winning margin and gaining revenge for an overtime loss to the same opponent a day earlier.

The 39-point margin matched Toronto's previous biggest win -- a 112-73 victory over Atlanta on April 12, 2002

A day after losing 108-104 in overtime to the Wizards in Washington, the Raptors rebounded with a dominating performance, shooting 57 percent and making 13-of-18 three-point shots.

Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 19 points, while Chris Bosh added 16 despite sitting out the fourth quarter. The Raptors held a 31-point lead after three quarters.

"After a bad game yesterday, we came back and played really good today," Bargnani said. "We can be a very good basketball team when we rebound the ball and share the ball like we did tonight."

Bosh said the huge win showed how good the Raptors could be.

"I think we learned from this victory that we have the potential to be a really good team in this league," Bosh said. "We can rebound, we can play good defense and we can score as well as the better teams in this league."

Anthony Parker chipped in with 15 points and Jose Calderon added 11 and 11 assists despite also not playing in the final 12 minutes.

Toronto (25-20) won a season-high sixth consecutive game at home and for the eighth time in the last 11 games overall.

DeShawn Stevenson led the Wizards (24-20) with 16 points, but Washington offered little resistance without the injured Caron Butler for the second game in a row.

Warriors 116, Hornets 103

The Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans 116-103 on Wednesday to snap the Hornets' nine-game winning streak.

Stephen Jackson scored 26 points for the Warriors, who shot 52 percent and made 13 three-pointers.

New Orleans lost for only the third time in 20 games.

Cavaliers 84, Trail Blazers 83

In Portland, Oregon, LeBron James' reverse layup with less than a second left gave Cleveland victory over Portland and its fifth straight win on the road.

Portland led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but the Cavaliers closed in as time ran down. James, who had 37 points and 14 rebounds, hit three consecutive three-pointers to tie it 81 with 2:26 left.

The Cavaliers have won 13 of their past 16 games. They last won five straight road games in 1998.

Magic 107, Heat 91

In Orlando, Florida, Hedo Turkoglu had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando over undermanned Miami.

Rashard Lewis scored 19 points and Orlando needed 12 consecutive points in the final quarter before pulling away from the Heat.

The Southeast Division-leading Magic have won the eight straight against the Sunshine State rivals.

The Heat played without Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O'Neal and Udonis Haslem, and lost its 17th game from 18, leaving it just half a game ahead of Minnesota, which has worst record in the NBA.

76ers 112, Bucks 69

In Philadelphia, the home side recorded its largest win in 12 seasons at the Wachovia Center by dumping Milwaukee.

Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Andre Miller had 14 for the Sixers, who won for only the fourth time in the past 15 games.

Jazz 100, Knicks 89

In Salt Lake City, Utah extended its winning streak to a season-high six games by beating New York.

Deron Williams had 22 points and 12 assists for his fifth straight double-double for the Jazz.

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