Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Toronto Raptors Beat Washington Wizards 114-106 In Game 1

Toronto Raptors Beat Washington Wizards 114-106 In Game 1

Nor even the team that lost last season's opener. It impacts us until he gets back. "We've been great at home all year, and that's something we've worked for and gained that reputation from the beginning of the season, how we ended up playing at the end of the season, so we already had that in our minds". "On home court, we're supposed to win, and that's our mindset", he said. The Raptors had struggled to get started in series in the playoffs in the franchise's history, and in their recent history, slowing down their All-Star backcourt had been the recipe for success for opponents. It was clear that they were going to put the Raptors "culture change" to the test, find out whether the two leaders of the first seed were truly committed to the new system that emphasized ball movement and taking advantage of the matchups offered by the defense, or whether they would revert to trying to get their own numbers, and trying to win the game through their own exceptional offensive abilities.

"It's not a sigh". Washington got back within seven, but couldn't catch back up. "We're not satisfied. We're in this for the run", he told the Associated Press. And we don't expect him to be out long.

No sequence on Saturday showed what Toronto is about more than a late-fourth-quarter possession ending in a 3 for Wright. "A lot of times we were just reacting". They've been doing it all year...

On game days, it's closed off to traffic and opened up to thousands of screaming fans, all of them watching on a enormous big screen TV.

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Now we move into "so you're telling me there's a chance" territory. "That's the way playoff basketball is". By the fourth quarter, Oubre tracked Miles, Toronto's second-unit marksman, who made one three-pointer during this matchup.

Wizards: Wall had six assists in the second quarter and 10 in the first half. "Serge Ibaka is one of the best, if not the best, big man shooter in the league". They arguably have a more talented starting five than Toronto and are not a traditional eight seed by any stretch of the imagination. VanVleet was injured in Wednesday's regular season finale. As the Raptors went ahead 103-96 with 6:28 remaining, the Wizards called a timeout and Oubre returned to the bench for the rest of the game.

Sometimes other players do just that. Do they abandon the traps in favor of taking away the supporting cast, and force DeRozan and Lowry to beat them against single coverage, or do they keep challenging the Raptors role players? "We knew we had to play this like was a Game 7". Miles had four, while Ibaka and Wright hit three apiece.

Much has been made of the way Toronto has started Game 1's in years past. "The first step in the journey", Miles said. "It just builds confidence in every single thing down the line".

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But the game was delayed thanks to a leaky roof at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

Unlike during playoff games the past five years, thousands of fans were not packed into Jurassic Park outside the ACC to watch the game on the giant video screen. They didn't exactly cruise from there on the way to the 114-106 victory, but when Toronto needed desperately to keep those Game 1 demons from overtaking them, they had found a way to do just that. He added a rebound, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot in 25 minutes.

The Raptors and Wizards split the season series 2-2, typical of a season where Washington played best against quality competition.

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