Raptors defeat Wizards to win Game 1 in National Basketball Association playoffs

2018 NBA Playoffs Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards, SWOT Analysis & Prediction

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. 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.

"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. As much as Toronto would have liked DeRozan and Lowry to catch fire in Game 1, this kind of victory is the clearest possible representation of how the team has changed. But will this series be a clean four-game sweep or could the Wizard's give the top-seed Raptors some problems?

Power forward Serge Ibaka sank eight of 11 shots to score a game-high 23 points. One of those three guys we can use in that position.

"They have a lot of good players". "As long as those guys are producing the way they are, why should we change our rotation?"

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The teams split the regular-season series, 2-2. Lowry's defense was exceptional, especially a late stop on a John Wall fast break where he rose up vertically and completely snuffed out his layup attempt.

Wizards: Wall had six assists in the second quarter and 10 in the first half. He finished with 23 points. G Fred VanVleet (bruised right shoulder) was not available.

Washington led by four points at halftime, and Toronto's two stars struggled again.

The Raps inserted Lucas Nogueira into the bench unit for a different dimension in the paint, adding valuable rim protection and great passing. "They played well, made some big shots for them, and that's what they are going to do every game".

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"We've been here before", Beal said after the game. "It's the same role they played all year", Casey told theScore after a 114-106 Game 1 win.

The speedy Wall averaged 19.4 points and 9.6 assists this season.

The Wizards ended their season in turmoil as the players started calling each other out in the press. "Other than that, we were just trying to find energy, speed, and quickness to match theirs". The team stuck by the ball-sharing that won them games all season. "Guys off the bench came in and stepped up..."

Washington big man Marcin Gortat - known as one of the NBA's most agitating screeners - was lured into two fouls within the first three minutes of play and taken out of the game. (Serge) Ibaka, he's a terrific shooter.

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