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

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Nor even the team that lost last season's opener.

The Toronto Raptors are without Fred VanVleet for their first-round playoff game Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

"We've got the upmost confidence in our teammates, the way we've been playing all year", said DeRozan. We had opportunities, several opportunities, to win tonight and close it out but we didn't.

VanVleet has averaged 8.6 points and 3.2 assists a game this season and has been solid in his backup role to starter Kyle Lowry.

Toronto is been abysmal in Game 1s in their history, just 1-12 in a playoff series opener.

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"It's not a sigh". But we're not satisfied. And we don't expect him to be out long.

"Toronto is a tough opponent, but so are we".

Casey noted that the Wizards dialed back the double-teams a bit at the beginning of the second half, allowing Lowry and DeRozan to be more aggressive. And when Toronto went into the fourth quarter with an 86-85 lead, it set up a thrilling final 12 minutes in front of a capacity Air Canada Centre crowd that included Drake, sitting courtside in a Humboldt Broncos hockey jersey. "A lot of times we find a way to win ugly. Just not going to go today".

Much like DeMar, it was a tale of two halfs for Lowry.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Lowry made both free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Wright gave Toronto the lead with a layup.

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"We knew they were going try to take out DeMar and Kyle, they had 15 assists between them, so we were prepared for that", Casey said. Guys played their role.

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

"They are the No. 1 seed for a reason", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.

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

The Raptors jumped out to a fast start, getting big production from Jonas Valanciunas and rookie O.G. Anunoby in his playoff debut - a youngster also tasked with defending Beal. It is a Game 1, so of course Toronto is losing at halftime. "The first step in the journey", Miles said. An arena staffer dashed onto the court with a towel throughout the game. The score was 59-55, though, and Lowry and DeRozan had four assists apiece.

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The two goals aside, the league leaders were kept relatively quiet as an attacking force. We knew that the fans were angry and we were also hurting.

DeRozan had 12 points in a third quarter that saw neither team lead by more than five points.

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