For the first time in almost 17 years Authentic Harold Landry Jersey , the Toronto Raptors are off to a winning start in a playoff series.

Not that theyre overly excited about it.

Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Raptors snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106 on Saturday.

Its out of the way now, DeMar DeRozan said of the streak. Worry about Game 2.

DeRozan scored 17 points, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby each had 12 and Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors, whose only previous victory in the opening game of a playoff series came in the second round at Philadelphia on May 6, 2001.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home.

I think the fans are more relieved than we are, Wright said.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his team, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, is focused on more than Game 1.

Were not satisfied, Casey said. Were in this for the long run.

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

We let a few of their guys that just can flat-out shoot, shoot a lot of 3s Casey Cizikas Jersey , Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.

Miles made four from long range, while Ibaka and Wright each hit three.

I always thought Serge was going to be the X-factor with his shooting when they double-team Kyle and DeMar, Casey said. His 3-point shooting is huge.

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

The Raptors host Game 2 on Tuesday.

John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points for Washington, while Mike Scott had 14 and Marcin Gortat 12.

The Wizards swept Toronto in the first round in 2015 but find themselves in a quick hole this time around.

Weve been here before, Beal said. We didnt come here with the mindset that we were going to sweep them. We had opportunities, several opportunities, to win tonight and close it out but we didnt. Brush it off and move forword.

Washington led 91-88 when Scott was called for a flagrant foul after using his elbow to knock Lowry down early in the fourth. Lowry made both free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Wright gave Toronto the lead with a layup. After a missed shot by Morris, Miles hit a 3 to cap a 7-0 run that gave the Raptors a 95-91 lead with 9:26 left.

That sequence was big for us just to get the lead back and kind of start to get a little bit of momentum, a little bit more push Clay Matthews Jersey , Lowry said.

Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a 3 and Gortat made a dunk to put Washington back in front, but Wright and Miles each hit 3-pointers as Toronto used an 8-0 run to take a 103-96 lead with 6:27 left, and never trailed again.

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

He was great, Casey said of Anunoby. He was cool as a cucumber. When he made his first 3, I thought that relaxed him a little bit.

Wall scored nine points in the first, but Gortat and replacement Ian Mahinmi each had two fouls before the first quarter was half over. Gortat picked up his first when he fouled Jonas Valanciunas on the opening tip.

It was definitely a challenge, Brooks said of the early foul trouble. You dont think your big will get a foul on the jump ball. I dont think Ive ever seen that to start the game, especially in the playoffs.

The Wizards led 59-55 at halftime. Toronto reclaimed the lead with an 11-2 spurt to start the third.

They jumped on us, Brooks said. For some reason we didnt lock in those first few minutes.

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


Wizards: Wall had six assists in the second quarter and 10 in the first half. Otto Porter started despite sitting out Wednesdays season finale because of a strained right calf. He scored nine points. Scott was available after going through the NBA concussion protocol. Washington is 11-22 all-time in playoff openers on the road.

Raptors: Lowry played despite flu-like symptoms. Toronto had 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to 12 points for the Wizards. They finished with 17. G Fred VanVleet (bruised right shoulder) was not available. VanVleet was injured in Wednesdays regular season finale.


The game was about five minutes late tipping off because of an apparent issue with moisture on the court along the baseline adjacent to Washingtons bench. Arena staffers continued drying the area periodically throughout the game.


Rapper Drake, the Raptors global ambassador, attended the game wearing a Humboldt Broncos hockey jersey. Sixteen people have died following an April 6 crash involving a semi-trailer and the Saskatchewan junior hockey teams bus.


Game 2 is Tuesday night in Toronto.

More NBA basketball: The Columbus Blue Jackets stayed hot thanks to a big night from rookie centre Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Dubois had his first career hat trick and the Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 on Thursday night.

We have a lot of experience in this room and Im lucky enough to play with guys like (Artemi Panarin) and Cam (Atkinson), who are two amazing players, Dubois said. I want to keep winning and keep improving. Its a great environment to learn in.

Columbus earned its sixth straight road victory and 12th win in its past 13 games Authentic Justin Reid Jersey , and moved past the Philadelphia Flyers and into third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets are one point back of the second place Pittsburgh Penguins.

We cant control what the other teams do but if we keep winning, I think well put ourselves in a pretty good spot, Dubois added.

Markus Hannikainen and Markus Nutivaara also scored for Columbus. Dubois linemates Artemi Panerin and Cam Atkinson each had two assists.

Chris Stewart scored for Calgary, ruining Sergei Bobrovkys shutout bid with 22 seconds left in the game.

The Flames have lost seven straight games, being outscored 33-8 over that span.

Were feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit too much, Flames veteran Matt Stajan said. These games are hard to play, but were in the NHL, we have to go after it a little bit better. Were making way too many mistakes turning pucks over, odd-man rushes things that you lose hockey games because of.

Columbus coach John Tortorella won his 128th game, moving him past Todd Richards into first on the clubs all-time list.

Because of an injury to Marcus Foligno (lower body), Dubois was re-united with Panarin and Atkinson on the top line in Edmonton on Tuesday and so far, so good. Dubois first multi-goal game came after the trio combined for two goals against the Oilers.

Making it 2-0 at 12:23 of the first period, Dubois first of the game came on a one-timer past rookie Jon Gillies after being set up neatly by Panarin.

Dubois second, making it 3-0 at 3:55 of the second Youth Sam Hubbard Jersey , came after a sensational end-to-end rush by Atkinson, who wove his way down the ice, eventually sliding a backhand pass into the slot that Dubois snapped just inside the post.

He capped off his memorable night with a power-play goal at 15:23 of the third.

Eighteen goals on the season is a team record for goals by a rookie, surpassing Rick Nashs 17 in 2002-03. The 2016 fourth overall pick has 44 points on the season, three back of Zach Werenskis record for points by a rookie, set last season.

Calgary outshot the Blue Jackets 38-28, but as has been the theme lately for the injury-riddled club missing its three top goal scorers, the Flames struggled to get one past Bobrovsky.

Among the stops for the NHLs reigning Vezina Trophy winner was a sprawling stop of Micheal Ferland in the first period. Early in the second, Bobrovsky stabbed his glove to snare a dangerous shot from 15 feet from Nick Shore.

With Sean Monahan (wrist), Matthew Tkachuk (upper) and TJ Brodie (upper body) among the injured Flames, Calgary lost defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body) after he was shaken up in a collision late in the first period.

NOTES: The Flames have called up Spencer Foo from Stockton (AHL). He will make his NHL debut on Saturday against Edmonton. Johnny Gaudreau (family matter) missed his second game, but he will rejoin the team on Friday. Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky (illness) left the game in the second period.


Blue Jackets: Travel to Vancouver on Saturday.

Flames: Host Edmonton on Saturday night.

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