Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Toronto Raptors host the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre for game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Toronto got off to a fast start, led by the rookie OG Anunoby. OG dropped 8 points, while Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 13. John Wall led the Wizards with 9 points and 3 assists. The Raptors led Washington 28-23.
The Wizards exploded in the 2nd and picked apart the Raptors defense. Washington dropped 36 points in the period led off of Mike Scott's 8 points. Toronto struggled on defense as they allowed Washington to score 36 points in the quarter. Ibaka helped the Raptors out by scoring 8 points. Toronto trailed 55-59.
DeMar DeRozan took over in the 3rd quarter, dropping 12 points with ease. The Raptors had an impressive shooting performance form behind the arc, going 5/6 on three-pointers. Bradley Beal was the highest scorer for Washington with 8 points, but the Wizards still trailed at the end of the 3rd quarter. Toronto led 86-85 going into the final period of play.
The Raptors played nearly a perfect quarter that would close out the game in their favor. Delon Wright went off and dropped 11 points, while C.J. Miles put up 6 points. With 5:37 remaining in the game, Kyle Lowry drove in and threw up a shot between two defenders that landed right in the basket. His layup fired up the crowd and the bench. The Raptors closed out the Wizards 114-106. (TOR leads 1-0)
Serge Ibaka: 23pts, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks
Delon Wright: 18pts, 4 assists, 3 steals
DeMar DeRozan: 17pts, 6 assists
OG Anunoby: 12pts, 2 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 12pts, 2 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 11pts, 9 assists
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