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Kardinal Offishall drops new version of Northern Touch for the Toronto Raptors

Kardinal Offishall drops new version of Northern Touch for the Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry's most flattering remarks in his postgame press conference after the Raptors win over the Wizards in the first game of the National Basketball Association playoffs on Saturday weren't about his teammates' play on the court. Washington's John Wall had 13 points and 10 assists, and his backcourt partner Bradley Beal had nine points on his own.

Both squads are highly talented, and both bring plenty of emotion to the table. The Raptors had four more turnovers than the visitors, and Gortat said the Air Canada Centre - well, it's a little different now than the last time the Wizards came in here in the playoffs and swept.

The Raptors came into the day 0-9 in the opening game of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

As the season went on, those things shifted, and the clutch offense became more varied, emphasizing DeRozan and Lowry when they had good matchups or one of them had their game rolling, but also involving others frequently, and finding more success through that approach.

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.

"I think the fans are more relieved than we are", Wright said. We can't make those mistakes.

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

The question now is whether Drake will be courtside for Game 1.

Washington will have two days to find a counter to Toronto's depth as Game 2 is set on Tuesday.

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The Washington Wizards could use a win here to steal home court advantage before going home for game three. The only Portland win over New Orleans with Boogie came in the Blazers' home opener, when Anthony Davis played only five minutes before bumping knees with Maurice Harkless and leaving the game. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 53.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Anunoby made his first two 3-pointers and led Toronto with eight points in the first as the Raptors led 28-23 after one.

"Playoff games are tough", Casey said.

When these same teams met in the first round a year ago, my model gave the Pacers just a 16 percent chance of pulling the upset.

"It was definitely a challenge", Brooks said of the early foul trouble.

A attractive series of passing led to a three-pointer by Wright with 3:31 to play, and gave the Raptors a 12-point lead.

The Raptors and Wizards split the season series 2-2, typical of a season where Washington played best against quality competition.

This is what the Raptors have said in recent seasons about trying to slow down the Cleveland Cavaliers, even as they were getting thumped by them.

Lowry led the Raptors with almost 38 minutes played while DeRozan logged 35. Toronto had 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to 12 points for the Wizards. The undrafted backup point guard, who has evolved into the leader of Toronto's top-rated bench, was still recovering from a shoulder bruise suffered in the regular season finale.