March 25, 2019

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

15 April 2018, 08:10 | Randall Craig

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives past Celtics center Al Horford

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives past Celtics center Al Horford

And yes, Lowry and DeRozan shot poorly in the first half: 1-for-3 for the four-time All-Star point guard, 1-for-5 for the four-time All-Star shooting guard, seven points between them.

Washington led at the half, 59-55. Belinelli and Ilyasova combined to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped shift the tone from physical and foul-filled to a long-distance game that allowed the Sixers to put away this one. The Raptors won the rebounding battle, 38-35. Miles' shooting, the Raptors used the same balanced effort Saturday that they did from October through mid-April, when they racked up an Eastern Conference-leading 59 wins.

Wall finished with 42 points in the Wizards' closeout of the Hawks in Game 6.

TORONTO - Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating Washington. 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. Powered by six double-digit scorers, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-106 to win Game 1 of their playoff series.

Raptors: Lowry played despite flu-like symptoms.

Toronto's history in Game 1s truly is horrendous.

But when the game tipped off and the Wizards worked to neutralize the Raptors' highest-profile performers, a series of supporting players raised their games.

"I always thought Serge was going to be the X-factor with his shooting when they double-team Kyle and DeMar", Casey said. "I think it's consistent of what we've been trying to do the entire year: move the ball and set up other people and trust other people to make plays when [the opponent is] trying to take those two out".

A handsome series of passing led to a three-pointer by Wright with 3:31 to play, and gave the Raptors a 12-point lead.

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. However, they suffered 10 consecutive Game-One losses in the first round.

"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.

DeRozan scored 12 points in the quarter as the Raptors took a slim 86-85 lead into the fourth. If Washington is going to upset Toronto in this series, it might have to consider changing its overall approach.

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