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Wizards drop Game 1 to surging Ibaka and Raptors — Washington Wizards

Wizards drop Game 1 to surging Ibaka and Raptors — Washington Wizards

The Raptors ended the season as the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 59-23 after an incredible season from DeMar DeRozan.

The Raptors proved that Saturday night when they opened the post-season with a solid 114-106 victory over the Washington Wizards, ending a woeful Game 1 losing streak that had stretched back to 2001 - and one the team had grown tired of hearing about.

The Toronto Raptors' quest for the franchise's first National Basketball Association championship gets underway Saturday afternoon at Air Canada Center. In fact that last time the franchise had won the first game of any playoff series was 2001, when the Raps beat Allen Iverson's Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of a second-round series they'd eventually lose. In the previous four seasons it has been even worse, with the Raptors 0-7 in Game 1 of any playoff series, including 0-5 in Toronto, where Saturday's game will be played.

The Wizards were without John Wall for all four regular season games against Toronto, which the teams split 2-2.

Lowry and DeRozan spearheaded a 15-6 run when the game resumed, that jump started a 12-point quarter for DeRozan and put the Raptors back on top.

"That sequence [after the flagrant] was big for us to get the lead back and get a little momentum, a little push", said Lowry.

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Delon Wright had 18 points, while rookie OG Anunoby and C.J. Miles scored 12 apiece, and Kyle Lowry finished with 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors, who were missing backup guard Fred VanVleet, who bruised his shoulder Wednesday in Miami. "For some reason we didn't lock in those first few minutes". "Serge Ibaka is one of the best, if not the best, big man shooter in the league".

Jakob Poeltl's alley-oop midway through the second made it an eight-point Raptors lead, but a 13-0 Wizards run gave the visitors a five-point lead. But their double-digit lead was shortlived and the Raptors led 28-23 after one.

Wall scored nine points in the first, but Gortat and replacement Ian Mahinmi each had two fouls before the first quarter was half over. The Wizards held a 59-55 half-time lead.

"They jumped on us", Brooks said.

DeRozan scored 12 points in the quarter as the Raptors took a slim 86-85 lead into the fourth.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto then the series heads to Washington for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Saturday.


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