Toronto Raptors Beat Washington Wizards 114-106 In Game 1

Toronto Raptors Beat Washington Wizards 114-106 In Game 1

We had opportunities, several opportunities, to win tonight and close it out but we didn't.

Raptors' top stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan appeared good, scoring 12 and 17 respectively, but it's other players that made the difference.

VanVleet is averaging 6.8 points per game, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Washington star point guard John Wall, who missed half the season with a knee injury and had not faced the Raptors in any of their four regular season meetings, put up 21 points and 15 assists.

The Raptors had held the unfortunate league record for consecutive Game 1 losses - 10 - and had dropped all but one of the 13 previous playoff openers, beating Philadelphia in the second round in 2001. Lowry even said that "Game 1 is our Game 7", which was probably supposed to be him shrugging off the bad results but came across like someone who was thinking entirely too hard about this. "He feels so much better today, without pain and that type of thing, so we don't expect it to be a long-term thing". The Raptors won the rebounding battle, 38-35.

"It's not a sigh". One of those three guys we can use in that position.

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It's worth pointing out that both of those plays took place in the first half, when DeRozan was supposedly struggling. But we're not satisfied.

"Toronto is a tough opponent, but so are we".

Casey noted that the Wizards dialed back the double-teams a bit at the beginning of the second half, allowing Lowry and DeRozan to be more aggressive. Nogueira checked into a one-point game in the fourth quarter having logged more than seven minutes in a playoff game only once in his four-year career, then played nine of the final 10 minutes Saturday.

The Raps inserted Lucas Nogueira into the bench unit for a different dimension in the paint, adding valuable rim protection and great passing. Those guys always try to find a way to win. "Understand we'll make the right pass and everyone else to going to make the right play, and guys did". I thought it was good. But the pair stayed true to Toronto's new offensive style and responded by getting other players involved.

"It's definitely a "pick your poison" (situation), but we just have to do better", Brooks said of the challenges the Raptors' revamped offense provides.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Then, with the white-clad crowd on its feet, Lowry found Serge Ibaka for a dunk with 1:42 to play, all but sealing the victory for Toronto.

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