NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the Raptors-Wizards series

NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the Raptors-Wizards series

Serge Ibaka finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks and Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who are off to a winning start in a playoff series for the first time in nearly 17 years.

Due to icy conditions - including unseasonable freezing rain - the Toronto Raptors' annual tailgating tradition in what's come to be known as "Jurassic Park" has been canceled ahead of the team's series opener against the visiting Washington Wizards. But will this series be a clean four-game sweep or could the Wizard's give the top-seed Raptors some problems? They split their four games with Washington in the regular season, but the Wizards were without Wall for all four.

Lowry and DeRozan spearheaded a 15-6 run when the game resumed, that jump started a 12-point quarter for DeRozan and put the Raptors back on top.

Anunoby showed no rookie jitters in his playoff debut, a positive sign for the rest of this playoff run.

"We're not satisfied", Casey said. VanVleet was injured in Wednesday's regular season finale.

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"I always thought Serge was going to be the X-factor with his shooting when they double-team Kyle and DeMar", Casey said.

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.

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

The Raptors have lost 10 straight opening games in playoff series, six at home. But their double-digit lead was shortlived and the Raptors led 28-23 after one. Wall and Beal had combined for 21 points by half time, while Lowry and DeRozan had hit just two field goals between them, on only eight shots - pairing for just seven points. Washington went into the halftime break with a 59-55 advantage. "It's the same role they played all year. but as long as those guys are producing the way they are, why should we change our rotation?" "Whatever it was that that first game was about, hopefully we got it off our back".

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

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