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Beal scores 24 as Wizards beat Raptors 109-92

Sunday - 3/31/2013, 10:44pm  ET

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

HARVEY VALENTINE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the Washington Wizards pursue their stated goal of finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference, seeing Bradley Beal back on the court was a welcome sight.

Beal scored 24 points in his return from a five-game absence, leading the Wizards to a 109-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight at home and moved into a tie with Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

"They kept leaving me open and my teammates just kept finding me," said Beal, who was out with a sprained ankle. "I was able to knock down some shots. I stayed confident, and the ball ended up in my hands a lot."

Beal shot 8 for 14 from the field, including a career-high-tying six 3-pointers -- on nine attempts -- in 30 minutes.

"We've seen it in his attitude," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "He's been working, and he wants to get back. That's a good sign when you've only got 10 games left. I've been in it long enough where I've seen guys say they don't want to get back in it."

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