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

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Serge Ibaka scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and six assists, and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 114-106 in Saturday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. But even with home court advantage over the No. 8 Washington Wizards, the Raptors on Saturday evening will look to make history of sorts.

It is the first time the Raptors have won a playoff opener since 2001. But will this series be a clean four-game sweep or could the Wizard's give the top-seed Raptors some problems?

Washington star point guard John Wall, who missed half the season with a knee injury and had not faced the Raptors in any of their four regular season meetings, put up 21 points and 15 assists. 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 jumped out to a fast start, getting big production from Jonas Valanciunas and rookie O.G. Anunoby in his playoff debut - a youngster also tasked with defending Beal.

"That sequence [after the flagrant] was big for us to get the lead back and get a little momentum, a little push", said Lowry. VanVleet was injured in Wednesday's regular season finale. However, they suffered 10 consecutive Game-One losses in the first round. "They are a No. 1 seed for a reason, they have a lot of good players". "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?"

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

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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.

Anunoby made his first two 3-pointers and led Toronto with eight points in the first as the Raptors led 28-23 after one.

The Wizards led 59-55 at halftime.

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

DeRozan scored 12 points in the quarter as the Raptors took a slim 86-85 lead into the fourth.

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