Curse, broken: Toronto Raptors top Washington Wizards to take Game 1
Apr 15 2018 by Marjorie Miles
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots for a basket past Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott (30) in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. A change in offensive focus by head coach Dwane Casey allowed the team to reach new heights and hopefully avoid another disappointing playoff exit.
The speedy Wall averaged 19.4 points and 9.6 assists this season.
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. 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.
"They jumped on us", Brooks said.
It's worth pointing out that both of those plays took place in the first half, when DeRozan was supposedly struggling. They had a close battle in most of time and led several times in the fourth quarter.
A few hours before tipoff, it was announced that Fred VanVleet (shoulder) would not be playing in tonight's game. Miles, acquired last summer for his long-range shooting, led the way with four, while Wright and Ibaka had three. The storm also closed "Jurassic Park" - or Maple Leaf Square - where thousands of fans traditionally congregate to watch the game on the big screen outside the ACC.
"We're not going to look at them like they're the eighth seed because we understand what this team is capable of", DeRozan said. "He's getting much better but just not going to go (in Game 1)".
Toronto built a 28-23 by the end of the quarter, but Washington quickly pulled ahead in the second.
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.
The teams will compete in Game 2 in Toronto before the series moves to Washington. Washington went into the halftime break with a 59-55 advantage.