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(Reuters) Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, and the Toronto Rap­tors stared down their play­off demons with a 114-106 win over the Wash­ing­ton Wizards in Game 1 of their East­ern Con­fer­ence se­ries at Air Canada Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Delon Wright and CJ Miles each had big games off the bench, com­bin­ing for 30 points for the Rap­tors, who snapped a streak of 10 straight Game 1 losses.

Toronto’s bench outscored Wash­ing­ton’s re­serves 4221.Game 2 is Tues­day in Toronto.

Yes­ter­day’s win was the Rap­tors’ first open­ing play­off win in the fran­chise’s his­tory. But it wasn’t easy.

John Wall led Wash­ing­ton with 23 points and 15 as­sists, and Marki­eff Mor­ris scored 22 points and grabbed 11 re­bounds.

Toronto led 86-85 af­ter a back-and-forth third quar­ter, set­ting up a pres­sure-packed fin­ish for the top seed in the East. The Rap­tors grabbed the mo­men­tum early in the fourth quar­ter af­ter Wizards for­ward Mike Scott was called for a fla­grant foul on Kyle Lowry. The Toronto point guard hit two free throws and as­sisted on a Miles’ 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 spurt for the Rap­tors.

Miles’ sec­ond 3-pointer of the quar­ter put Toronto up 103-96 with just over six min­utes to play. Miles fin­ished with 12 points, and Wright added 18 points, 11 com­ing in the de­ci­sive fourth quar­ter.

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