Toronto ends 10-game slump in se­ries openers

Ibaka, Wright lead way as Rap­tors turn back Wiz­ards in 4th quar­ter

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ian Har­ri­son

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

DeMar DeRozan added 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 against Philadel­phia in 2001.

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

The top-seeded team in the East­ern Con­fer­ence, Toronto made 16 of 30 3-point at­tempts, with Miles mak­ing four, and Ibaka and Wright each hit­ting three.

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

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.

“We've been here be­fore,” Beal said. “We didn't 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 didn't. 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.

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 3point­ers and led Toronto with eight points in the first as the Rap­tors led 28-23 af­ter one. Wall scored nine points in the open­ing quar­ter.

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.

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Toronto for­ward Serge Ibaka con­trib­uted 23 points and 12 re­bounds as the Rap­tors beat the Wiz­ards in Game 1.

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