"Their bench was great", Wall said after the game.
Game 2 will be Tuesday night in Toronto.
John Wall led the Wizards with 23 points, 15 assists and four steals. Mike Scott and Marcin Gorat added a combined 26 points. Washington went into the halftime break with a 59-55 advantage. DeMar DeRozan is Toronto's all-time playoff leader for points (890), field goals (310), free throws (256) and games started (41).
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. "His 3-point shooting is huge".
Intent on ending the streak, Lowry had said the team's approach was: "Our Game 1 is our Game 7". If they were going to key on DeRozan and Lowry, how could the Wizards stop the rest of the Raptors' shooters? We know how good we are. Toronto is tied for 6 in scoring defense as they give up 103.9 points per game.
And they still know how to win in impressive fashion on the NBA's big stage. However, they suffered 10 consecutive Game-One losses in the first round.
VanVleet averaged 18.8 FanDuel points in 20.0 minutes per game this season. Green contributed 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. The Warriors started McGee at center and guarding LaMarcus Aldridge and he was a force - at one point in the first quarter it was McGee 9, Spurs 8 (the Warriors had 15). Casey called it a "psychological phenomenon" and said he was no psychologist. "Worry about Game 2".
Tell me again how the Warriors would struggle to flip the switch in the playoffs. The Warriors have plans for nothing short of a repeat title. "A lot of times we find a way to win ugly". ". We're primed for this". Earlier in his career, he was criticized for being a player that couldn't help his team when his shots were not falling. "Whether we were playing 12 guys or not, everybody was in the rotation, so when people's moment came, we were just ready to step up".
San Antonio couldn't keep up from the opening tip.
Not that they're overly excited about it.
The Toronto Raptors survived an Eastern Conference game-one scare from the Washington Wizards, while reigning National Basketball Association champions the Golden State Warriors accounted for the San Antonio Spurs.
It was just two minutes and 11 seconds of game time, but it felt like the Raptors had just turned the perception of their team on its ear. The Warriors are just vastly more athletic and it allows them to create matchups and opportunities that work for them.
The dinosaur is finally off their backs. DeRozan began the third quarter with a layup and a drilled three-pointer. Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. IN have the firepower to make a run, but they drew a tough first-round matchup.
Toronto had won four straight before losing in overtime in a meaningless game for them to Miami. He scored nine points. Belinelli had 25 and Ilyasova 17.