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

15 April 2018

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots for a basket past Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott (30) in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. We had opportunities, several opportunities, to win tonight and close it out but we didn't. On Saturday, DeRozan finished with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting while Lowry only had 11 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the field.

John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds. He posted 13 points and 10 assists in the opening 24 minutes.

"It's not a sigh". We have to do a better job of guarding all their players. But we're not satisfied. "We're in this for the long run". "We're in a tough series against a very athletic, fast team, so we can't, there's not a sigh of relief". Nogueira checked into a one-point game in the fourth quarter having logged more than seven minutes in a playoff game only once in his four-year career, then played nine of the final 10 minutes Saturday.

"He was great", Casey said of Anunoby. "A lot of times we find a way to win ugly. He doesn't play in five or 10 straight games, but when he's going to come on the court, he's ready". I thought it was good. This game, in which he shot 6-for-17, illustrated that he has become an expert in doing just that. "His 3-point shooting is huge". Lowry made both free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Wright gave Toronto the lead with a layup.

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There were numerous positive signs in the win that weren't there last season.

"They're a good team".

Sometimes other players do just that. Guys played their role.

"They jumped on us", Brooks said. Miles had four, while Ibaka and Wright hit three apiece. "Guys off the bench came in and stepped up", Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said in his postgame news conference.

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Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye.

"I think about Lucas (Nogueira). The first step in the journey", Miles said. "He's one of the best, if not the best big-man shooter in the league". Guys understanding what we're trying to do. "We know what works for us, what got us here, and what's going to take us even further". "It just builds confidence in every single thing down the line". The storm also closed "Jurassic Park" - or Maple Leaf Square - where thousands of fans traditionally congregate to watch the game on the big screen outside the ACC.

Toronto built a 28-23 by the end of the quarter, but Washington quickly pulled ahead in the second.

Miles made four from long range, while Ibaka and Wright each hit three. Washington went into the halftime break with a 59-55 advantage. Toronto had 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to 12 points for the Wizards.

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Game 2 will be Tuesday night in Toronto.

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