WASHINGTON -- It took the Toronto Raptors a little while to get going in their first game since the All-Star break. Guard Kyle Lowry eventually provided a jump start. Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists as the Raptors broke open a close game in the third quarter and held on for a 103-93 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. "He took the game over in the middle of the third quarter and willed us to a win," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. Leading by six at halftime, the Atlantic Division leading Raptors pushed the lead to 17 as DeMar DeRozans driving layup started a 15-2 run midway through the third quarter. Lowry scored nine of the 15 points with a variety of shots, including a driving lay-up, a short fall-away jumper and a corner 3-pointer that made it 78-61 late in the period. He played the entire 12 minutes scored 14 points in the quarter. "I just was getting more looks, trying to attack a little more" said Lowry, who wasnt named an All-Star, but came in averaging 16.7 points 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. "That first game out of the break is always tough and I didnt want to let that be an excuse for us to lose the game." Five Raptors joined Lowry in double figures, including Amir Johnson, who returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle. He scored 14 points. The Raptors, who have won three straight, also got 14 from Greivis Vasquez and DeRozan, who addressed the team before the game. "Just (told) everybody to be focused," DeRozan said. "Each and every single game matters from here on out especially if we want to do something special. We cant take any nights off. These thirty games are going to be big and we have to start tonight." The Raptors led by as many as 20 midway through the fourth quarter, before being held without a field goal for the final 7:36. The Wizards pulled to within 99-90 on a 3-pointer by Martell Webster with 2:04 left. Following a steal, Nenes layup made it 99-92. After John Wall collected a steal, Nene made one of two free throws with 1:32 left, but Lowry hit a pair of free throws, however, to make it 101-93 with 1:02 left. Toronto shot 57 per cent from the field (42-of-74) for the game, and finished with 60 points inside. "We had trouble guarding off the dribble tonight," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We defended pretty much a lot of their sets and then it gets down to seven, eight seconds on the shot clock and they break you down off the dribble. Thats how they get 60 points in the paint." Wall led the Wizards with 22 points, but went 0-for-7 from the field in the second half, and Marcin Gortat added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Washington has lost three straight and five of six. The Wizards are 0-3 against Toronto, and fell to 13-14 at home this season. "They stayed with it," Wittman said of the fourth quarter rally. "We got the floor spread, made some shots. Uncharacteristically, (we) turned some shots down tonight. I thought we werent as aggressive from our perimeters with Brad (Beal), Trevor (Ariza) and Martell. Beal played nearly 37 minutes and went 2-of-10 from the field, finishing with nine points, while Webster finished with seven and Ariza six. "I was just taking what they were giving me. I found my teammates open," Beal said. "We just didnt make shots and thats all it was. Did I have a few? Maybe. But Im the one whos taking them and feeling comfortable and I didnt feel comfortable taking them." The post All-Star Break opener paired the teams currently in third place (Toronto) and sixth in the Eastern Conference when play began. The score was tied after one, but reserves Tyler Hansbrough and Vasquez (four points each) manufactured an 8-2 Toronto run early in the second quarter. 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TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Anderson did his part to give Cam Newton a chance to get healthy. The veteran backup filled in nicely for the injured two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in Carolinas 20-14 season-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton was held out because of a rib injury suffered during the preseason, giving Anderson his first start since 2010 when played for the Arizona Cardinals. The 10th-year pro had appeared in just four games and attempted only four passes over the previous two seasons playing behind Newton, who had started 48 consecutive games before learning Saturday night that coach Ron Rivera intended to sit him. "He wasnt very happy about it. He wanted to play so bad, in the worst way," Rivera said. "The one thing the doctor stressed to me was that if we could create one more opportunity, hed be that much healthier. That was the decision." Despite rallying with two late touchdowns, it was an ugly debut for the Bucs (0-1) under coach Lovie Smith. The defence applied little pressure on Anderson and failed to force a turnover. And the offence, that was one of the worst in the NFL a year ago, showed few signs of improvement until midway through the fourth quarter. With Newton cheering on his teammates from the sideline, Anderson completed 24 of 34 passes with no interceptions and one sack. The one-time starter for the Browns and Cardinals threw TD passes of 5 yards to Greg Olsen and 26 yards to rookie Kelvin Benjamin. "Ive been through a lot of different things. I havent been out there in four years. Just to play a solid football game and get a win was big for me," Anderson said. "I prepared all week like I was going to start," he added. "I had a plan in mind, what I was going to do against different coverages, and went out there and tried to execute as best I can." Carolinas defence did its part, too. The Panthers sacked Josh McCown three times and intercepted Smiths hand-picked quarterback twice, both times on ill-advised throws. McCown, a career backup, was coming off his best season as a pro in throwing for 13 TDs versus one interception filling in for an injured Jay ;Cutler in Chicago a year ago.dddddddddddd On Sunday, he was 22 of 35 for 183 yards and two TDs. Much of his production came after the Panthers built a 17-0 lead midway through the third quarter. "I made a couple bad decisions that hurt our team and put us in a bad situation. Its things that I can clean up and get better, so theres no need to focus on anybody else. ... Those are things I can correct, and well get better as we move forward," McCown said. Luke Kuechly had one of Carolinas three sacks and forced a fumble that set up Graham Ganos 33-yard field goal in the final minute. The Bucs pulled within 17-14 on McCowns TD throws of 19 yards to Chris Owusu and 6 yards to Bobby Rainey. The Bucs got the ball back trailing by a field goal with 1:36 to go. But Kuechly, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year -- forced Rainey to fumble after a short reception on the next play, spoiling any hopes for a comeback. Olsen finished with eight receptions for 83 yards, while Benjamin had six for 92 yards. Roman Harper and Antoine Cason had Carolinas interceptions, and the Panthers limited Bucs running back Doug Martin to 9 yards rushing on nine attempts. "We got ourselves in a hole in the first half, didnt do many things right," Smith said. "We talk about the turnover ratio, and we talk about everything that went wrong throughout the game. And at the end we had a chance to intercept a ball, were down three points and could have gone in for at least a field goal, and we (dropped) it." Newton led a pair of lopsided victories over Tampa Bay a year ago, when the Panthers tied a franchise record with 12 wins. The first player selected in the 2011 draft posted career highs in completion percentage, touchdowns passing and passer rating. He injured his ribs Aug. 22 at New England, sat out Carolinas preseason finale and was limited in practice last week after initially saying he was confident hed play. NOTES: The Bucs lost G Logan Mankins midway through the second quarter with a knee injury. ... The Bucs rushed for 102 yards, but more than half of that came on fullback Jorvorskie Lanes only carry. McCown scrambled for 27 yards on three attempts. ' ' '