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We can't make those mistakes. "On home court, we're supposed to win, and that's our mindset", he said. Miles finished with 12 points, and Wright added 18 points, 11 coming in the decisive fourth quarter.

Washington brought that again, frequently trapping DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, and building their defensive strategy around forcing the other Raptors to beat them.

It was about Serge Ibaka's postgame outfit.

Next, the Raptors will try to hit reset on their playoff history with the Washington Wizards. "Lucas is unbelievable, man", Serge Ibaka said".

The Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet is out for the opening playoff game against the Wizards on Saturday, the team announced.

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"We knew what he had to do", Lowry told ESPN. "We're in this for the long run".

Toronto held just a slim 86-85 lead going into the final quarter.

"He was great", Casey said of Anunoby. The 1998 hit's blustery sentiment of "don't underestimate us just because we're Canadian" certainly resonates. We've done it all year, it's nothing new. He's the kind of guy that's always ready.

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The Raptors were the better team, and more importantly, they played the same style that made them successful all year. "When he made his first 3, I thought that relaxed him a little bit". "That's the way playoff basketball is".

Miles' second 3-pointer of the quarter put Toronto up 103-96 with just over six minutes to play.

A handsome series of passing led to a three-pointer by Wright with 3:31 to play, and gave the Raptors a 12-point lead. My former colleague Tom Haberstroh penned the definitive piece on the meaning of games late in the regular season back in 2012. Toronto has spent all season saying and acting like this season is different, and it sure seemed like that's true given how easily they won the Eastern Conference this year.

VanVleet injured his right shoulder in the regular season finale against the Heat on Wednesday. Guys played their role.

The season series between the Blazers and Pelicans wasn't particularly telling because DeMarcus Cousins played in three of the four games before suffering a ruptured Achilles' heel that ended his season.

DeRozan shot 2-for-5 from 3-point range, but it was more important that he created open looks for his teammates. Miles, acquired last summer for his long-range shooting, led the way with four, while Wright and Ibaka had three.

"They are the No. 1 seed for a reason", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said. They give us a lot of boost out there. "It's the first step in the journey". And the biggest thing is to get a good foot forward. "They had eight more threes than us. It just builds confidence in every single thing down the line".

Unlike during playoff games the past five years, thousands of fans were not packed into Jurassic Park outside the ACC to watch the game on the giant video screen. In series like this where the lower seed had an advantage in point differential between 0.5 and 1.5 points per game, they've won 41 percent of best-of-seven series since 2000. But the Raptors' double-digit lead was shortlived and they led 28-23 after one. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 53.2 percent shooting.

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