Twitter reacts to Raptors finally winning a Game 1

Arnold Nichols
April 16, 2018

The Washington Wizards came into game one of their first round series with the Toronto Raptors with a clear idea of what they wanted to do. The win gives Toronto a 1-0 series lead.

Meanwhile, The 76ers surged past the Heat 130-103 in Game 1 Saturday. The Raptors got out to a quick start on Saturday, shooting 52 percent and going ahead by 10 points less than five minutes into the game.

The teams battled virtually basket for basket before Miles drilled a three - to an ear-splitting roar from the crowd - with 6:28 to play that put Toronto up by five points.

Slowing down: The Wizards came out strong in the second as Bradley Beal and Mike Scott led a balanced scoring effort with Washington outscoring Toronto 36-27 in the quarter. If Washington is going to upset Toronto in this series, it might have to consider changing its overall approach.

But the season series unfolded without Wizards star John Wall, who missed all four Raptors matchups with left knee injuries.

Back-and-forth third: DeMar DeRozan started the third quarter with a layup and a three-pointer and didn't let up his aggressiveness for the duration, playing all 12 minutes.

The game-opening video blaring inside ACC featured a litany of American pundits discounting the Raptors despite them earning a franchise-best 59 wins and earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference, while the slogan "Belief Over Doubt" flashed. While DeRozan stepped up offensively, Kyle Lowry stepped it up defensively.

When Oubre checked into the game in the first quarter, he began to make life miserable for DeRozan.

Bradley Beal contributed 19 points, Mike Scott had 14 off the bench and Marcin Gortat finished with 12 for Washington, which shot nearly 48-percent and had a 59-55 lead at halftime. He welcomed him to the stage: "Serge IbAKA!", he said, with a grin. Then, as Toronto led by four points, Oubre's turnover created trouble, allowing Miles to run as the trailer in transition and hit another triple. Ibaka also added 12 rebounds, an assist, and two blocked shots. The Washington Wizards are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards shot 21 threes and made eight. Morris rolled an ankle late in the fourth, but was able to return to the game. Nogueira was scoreless, and had just one assist, but that assist couldn't have come at a better time. And the wiseguys have kept this pointspread in the -8 range, well familiar with the Raptors impressive statistical profile - the only team in the National Basketball Association ranked in the Top 5 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby had 12 points each and Kyle Lowry ended with 11 points and nine assists for Toronto, which halted an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in playoff openers. He's the kind of guy that's always ready.

The Washington Wizards were in that game until the very end and it actually felt like they had chances to steal it at times, as they had several big leads. "I think that speaks for itself".

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