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The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in game two of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and Kyle Lowry scored 11 and dished out nine assists.
Not that they're overly excited about it. "Well, we didn't expect (Delon) Wright to come in here, come off the bench and give them 18 or 20 points". "Worry about Game 2".
Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home.
But the victory also ended a problematic streak for Toronto.
Lowry had just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in last year's opener, a 97-83 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.More news: Salah joins 30-goal club, breaks Didier Drogba's English Premier League record
"One of the league's best benches", Marcin Gortat acknowledged.
Washington led by four points at halftime, and Toronto's two stars struggled again.
Slowing down: The Wizards came out strong in the second as Bradley Beal and Mike Scott led a balanced scoring effort with Washington outscoring Toronto 36-27 in the quarter. "We got Game 1", said DeRozan. On home court, we're supposed to win. "Brush it off and move forward".
"We've got the upmost confidence in our teammates, the way we've been playing all year", said DeRozan. The Raptors had one of their more efficient 3-point shooting games of the season, making 16 of 30 attempts (53.3%), but still struggled to put the game away until its closing minutes. He finished with 23 points.
"He was great", Casey said of Anunoby. "When he made his first 3, I thought that relaxed him a little bit". The Wizards closed the gap late in the quarter, but Toronto still held a five-point lead after the opening 12 minutes, with a 28-23 advantage. No playoff opponent has had to spend as much time scheming to face a bench like this one; no playoff opponent has faced a Raptors bench capable of surprising like this one. "You don't think your big will get a foul on the jump ball".
Next, the Raptors will try to hit reset on their playoff history with the Washington Wizards. "For some reason we didn't lock in those first few minutes". They had a close battle in most of time and led several times in the fourth quarter. DeRozan began the third quarter with a layup and a drilled three-pointer. Otto Porter started despite sitting out Wednesday's season finale because of a strained right calf.
Toronto bounced back to beat Washington 100-91 on November 19 at the Air Canada Centre. They finished with 17.