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Ford, Garbajosa return from injury

TORONTO (CP) — The Toronto Raptors had some familiar faces back in the lineup Sunday for their 116-111 win over the Washington Wizards.

Point guard T.J. Ford and forward Jorge Garbajosa returned to the Toronto starting lineup after missing time with injuries.

“It feels really good to have TJ and Garbo back,” said Chris Bosh. “That was the first time in a while that we’ve seen everyone together.”

Both players made an impact.

Ford played 30 minutes and finished with 20 points and three assists. He had missed three games after suffering a sprained right ankle late in the fourth quarter of a 107-97 loss to Chicago on Dec. 27.

The five-foot-10 speedster had his ankle wrapped in ice during stretches while he sat on the bench.

“It was a little painful,” said Ford. “But it was something I felt I could tolerate so that’s what allowed me to play. I don’t think I’m putting it at any risk where I can injury it any worse than what it is.”

Garbajosa, who had missed two games with a strained right calf, played 26 minutes Sunday and picked up seven points and six rebounds.

The Eastern Conference rookie of the month for December is averaging 9.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 1.2 steals in 30 minutes this year.

Ford is averaging a career-high 16 points per game to go with 8.1 rebounds in 32 minutes this season.

Their return came two games after Raptors all-star forward Chris Bosh came back after missing 12 games with a bone bruise on his knee.

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