Curse, broken: Toronto Raptors top Washington Wizards to take Game 1

Curse, broken: Toronto Raptors top Washington Wizards to take Game 1

Kyle Lowry, who was battling a virus and coughed throughout the post-game press conference, finished with 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors.

The Raptors came into the day 0-9 in the opening game of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Unlike during playoff games the past five years, thousands of fans were not packed into Jurassic Park outside the ACC to watch the game on the giant video screen. We have to do a better job of guarding all their players.

Before tipoff of their game one National Basketball Association playoffs matchup against the Washington Wizards on Saturday (April 14), the Toronto Raptors unveiled a new version of the classic Canadian hip-hop anthem Northern Touch, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Drake doubled down on his warning to Wall, replying, "FREE SMOKE TMRW NIGHT", implying that the Raptors would give Wall and the Wizards more than they could handle in Game 1. 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.

Toronto put its streak in the past by hitting 16 of 30 3-point attempts, a team record for a postseason game.

VanVleet injured his right shoulder in the regular season finale against the Heat on Wednesday. This time, when the reserves came back in, Powell stayed seated while DeRozan and Lowry shared Van Vleet's minutes.

If you paid attention to the Raptors in the regular season (or read this story), you know all about their "culture reset" and offensive transformation: Despite finishing sixth in offensive rating last season, they installed a completely new system in training camp, one which required their primary scorers to sacrifice touches, empower their teammates and move without the ball.

Washington led 91-88 when Scott was called for a flagrant foul after using his elbow to knock Lowry down early in the fourth.

"We're not satisfied", Casey said. "It's the same role they've played all year", Casey said.

"Playoff games are tough", Casey said. Then hot shooting from Wright and C.J Miles propelled Toronto forward.

No player fits that bill quite like Miles, a dead-eye shooter who scored 12 points on eight shooting possessions Saturday, going 4-of-7 from behind the arc.

"We let a few of their guys that just can flat-out shoot, shoot a lot of 3s", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "We didn't come here with the mindset that we were going to sweep them". They've been doing it all year...

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto then the series heads to Washington for Game 3.