Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 88-78 on Wednesday night.
Valanciunas went 16 of 18 from the free throw line and DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for Toronto (28-47), which snapped a two-game slide after being eliminated from the playoff chase with Monday's 108-98 home loss to Detroit.
John Wall had 20 points for the short-handed Wizards (28-47), who announced before the game that rookie standout Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season with a right leg injury.
The Raptors entered the fourth carrying a 68-62 lead thanks in part to solid free throw shooting from Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry, who had nine points, eight boards and 13 assists in the game.
DeRozan made a long jumper late in the fourth, stretching the Raptors' lead to 84-74, and they held on for the win.
The Raptors are second in the NBA in free throw shooting percentage since the All-Star break at 81 percent. They hit 75 p...