TORONTO — Washington Wizards Coach Scott Brooks dug deep for inspiration before Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors. Though Washington can’t help itself from exuding confidence, as the eighth seed in a first-round playoff matchup, the team has little public support for its upset bid. Almost sounding like a mid-major college coach about to take on the sport’s blue bloods, Brooks looked past the armor of Toronto’s top seed and saw just another opponent.
“They tie their shoes the same way we tie our shoes,” Brooks said.
While true through much of the game as the Wizards and their double-knotted laces held steady with Toronto, even taking a three-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Raptors showed themselves as the rightful owner of the No. 1 ranking in the East with a 114-106 win.
Although John Wall paced the Wizards with 23 points and 15 assists, while Bradley Beal added 19 and Markieff Morris controlled the frontcourt for 22 points (9-of-15 shooting) and 11 rebounds, their strong numbers could not match Toronto’s offensive wave.
The all-star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were good (28 combined points) but not great. But the Raptors’ unmatched depth, combined with a comfort while playing in front of this occasionally anxious but mostly raucous capacity crowd at
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2018/04/14/wizards-raptors-nba-playoffs-game-1-live-updates/
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