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Twitter reacts to Raptors finally winning a Game 1

15 April 2018, 08:13 | Melissa Porter

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While the Raptors had exhausted of the Game 1 curse talk, Miles said opening a series with a win in general means plenty.

Though Drake sat courtside in a Humboldt Broncos jersey at the Air Canada Centre for game one, there's more that parallels the Raptors and their North Over Everything campaign to Kardinal and his Northern Touch crew.

It might have felt like déjà vu, but it did not look like it - Toronto's offense was fine.

Washington led by four points at halftime, and Toronto's two stars struggled again.

BC-BKN-Wizards-Raptors, 1st Ld-Writethru, 901 Ibaka scores 23, Raptors win Game 1, beat Wizards 114-106AP Photo JFJ526, NSD121, JFJ522, JFJ517, JFJ519, NSD119Eds: Raptors 114, Wizards 106. Miles' shooting, the Raptors used the same balanced effort Saturday that they did from October through mid-April, when they racked up an Eastern Conference-leading 59 wins.

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.

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.

Winning this way is not at all unusual for the 2017-18 Toronto Raptors. "We've lost a lot of Game 1s", said Lowry, who has been part of the past seven defeats.

If you paid attention to the Raptors in the regular season (or read this story), you know all about their "culture reset" and offensive transformation: Despite finishing sixth in offensive rating last season, they installed a completely new system in training camp, one which required their primary scorers to sacrifice touches, empower their teammates and move without the ball.

The top-seeded Toronto Raptors will face off against the Washington Wizards in the first-round of the NBA Playoffs.

Raptors: Lowry played despite flu-like symptoms.

The Wizards had memorably swept the Raptors out of the playoffs in the first round back in 2015, then the No. 5 seed to Toronto's No. 4.

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

"We've got the upmost confidence in our teammates, the way we've been playing all year", said DeRozan. We have to do a better job of guarding all their players. Earlier in his career, he was criticized for being a player that couldn't help his team when his shots were not falling. Before, Saturday the Raptors had played in 13 playoff series in franchise history, but won the opening game just once.

The Wizards led 91-88 early in the fourth quarter, but things turned in the favor of the Raptors after Scott was called for a flagrant foul, following an elbow that took down Lowry.

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