Warriors back to dominant selves, top Spurs 113-92 in Game 1

Warriors back to dominant selves, top Spurs 113-92 in Game 1

After taking a 1-0 series lead for the first time since he was an assistant coach in Dallas, Raptors coach Dwane Casey credited the guards for taking what the Wizards gave them. The score was 59-55, though, and Lowry and DeRozan had four assists apiece.

Only time will tell if this year's war of words with Drake will result in another signature playoff performance from Wall, who had 23 points (on 6-for-20 shooting), 15 assists and four steals Saturday in a Washington loss.

Toronto played without Sixth Man of the Year candidate Fred Van Vleet.

Not too long after the game's tip, Drake appeared in his usual courtside seat along Toronto's sideline, the flawless spot to encourage his beloved Raptors and taunt his National Basketball Association friends from other teams.

Toronto's mascot held aloft a flag that read "BENCH BROSKIS" and sprinted the length of the court to celebrate a trey that put the Raptors up by 12, and helped seal an important 114-106 win in this first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

This isn't the Toronto Raptors team that hadn't won a National Basketball Association playoff opener in 17 years. VanVleet was injured in Wednesday's regular season finale.

Wizards: Wall had six assists in the second quarter and 10 in the first half.

An X-ray came back negative, and he was listed at day-to-day following the injury.

The All-Star duo combined for 15 assists in Game 1, and Raptors not named Lowry or DeRozan combined to shoot 13-of-21 on 3-point attempts.

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"That's one reason why we did change things", Casey said.

Toronto held just a slim 86-85 lead going into the final quarter.

Washington led 91-88 when Scott was called for a flagrant foul after using his elbow to knock Lowry down early in the fourth. "They're not a normal eight seed".

The Raps inserted Lucas Nogueira into the bench unit for a different dimension in the paint, adding valuable rim protection and great passing. "They've got two all-stars, guys who can really play, Markieff was really good today, Gortat too". Then hot shooting from Wright and C.J Miles propelled Toronto forward. Miles, acquired last summer for his long-range shooting, led the way with four, while Wright and Ibaka had three.

The Raps made 16 three-pointers to Washington's eight.

"We let a few of their guys that just can flat-out shoot, shoot a lot of 3s", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. (Serge) Ibaka, he's a terrific shooter.

"We're not going to look at them like they're the eighth seed because we understand what this team is capable of", DeRozan said.

Toronto Raptors will again host Game 2 on Tuesday night.

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