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

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Marlene Weaver | 15 April, 2018, 08:14

On Saturday, the Washington Wizards played the Toronto Raptors for Game 1 of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

But they didn't do it the way many would have guessed, with monster scoring from Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

As Toronto's playoff foes have often done, Washington zeroed in defensively on Lowry and DeRozan, trapping and double-teaming Toronto's All-Star duo.

PHILADELPHIA - Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and Philadelphia romped again without Joel Embiid, beating Miami for its 17th straight win. "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". You see it. We invite the traps on us honestly; it kind of takes the pressure off us. "They played well, made some big shots for them, and that's what they are going to do every game". His star backcourt mate Bradley Beal posted 19 points.

Toronto went on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter with DeRozan on the bench.

This isn't the Toronto Raptors team that hadn't won a National Basketball Association playoff opener in 17 years. 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. Instead, a freak ice storm sweeping across Southern Ontario forced it to shut down.

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. This time the Wizards came in as the No. 8. VanVleet was injured in Wednesday's regular season finale. To cover his minutes, the Raps inserted Norman Powell into the unit.

Toronto put its streak in the past by hitting 16 of 30 3-point attempts, a team record for a postseason game.

Wizards: Wall had six assists in the second quarter and 10 in the first half. The Wizards held a 59-55 half-time lead.

Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday. Beal was hot for the Wizards as well.

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An X-ray came back negative, and he was listed at day-to-day following the injury.

Just inside the fourth, Washington's Mike Scott threw a vicious shoulder into Lowry as he drove to the hoop, and earned a flagrant foul.

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.

"That's one reason why we did change things", Casey said. "They're not a normal eight seed".

"They did a good job of making plays", Casey told reporters.

Wall and Drake, who are longtime friends as a result of Drake's Kentucky fandom, appeared to continue their banter during Game 1. Then hot shooting from Wright and C.J Miles propelled Toronto forward.

Miles made four from long range, while Ibaka and Wright each hit three.

"They are a good team", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, about Toronto's sizzing three-point shooting. "As long as those guys are producing the way they are, why should we change our rotation?" They've been doing it all year...

Brooks called Ibaka "one of the best, if not the best, big man shooter in the league".

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto then the series heads to Washington for Game 3.

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