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The Game 1 curse was finally broken on Saturday, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-106 to open the first round.
Coming into Saturday’s action Toronto had lost seven straight Game 1’s, dating all the way back to 2001 when Vince Carter’s Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
In this Game 1, the Raptors moved the ball exceptionally well, and got everyone involved throughout the course of the game.
It wasn’t an easy win by any stretch, but secondary scoring played a key role in grasping the victory.
Serge Ibaka led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds, as well as an exceptional fourth quarter put forth by Delon Wright, scoring 11 points in the frame alone.
Multiple Raptors commented on the curse following the game with DeRozan saying, “It’s out of the way now, time to worry about Game 2.”
And Delon Wright chiming in saying, “I think the fans are more relived than we are.”
Toronto’s culture change coming into the season was on full display throughout the game, relying less on Lowry and DeRozan, and more on ball movement and spreading the floor.
This was shown through three-point scoring coming from a variety of different sources, even with Fred VanVleet being out of the lineup with an injury.
Whether it be Anunoby, Wright, Miles, Lowry, or others, the Raptors versatile depth showed off big time in the win.
In other news, global ambassador Drake was in attendance, sporting a Humboldt Broncos jersey in honour of those affected by the terrible tragedy.
At the time of this article over 11 million dollars have been raised for the team, and more donations continue to poor in.
In lighter news, fellow Toronto rapper Jazz Cartier released a brand new single titled “Right Now” which is serving as the Raptors playoff song for the spring.
The song pays homage to the team, and their under-dog status in the NBA, so check it out below.
As far as what’s next for the Raptors….they’ll reunite with John Wall and the Wizards for Game 2 on Tuesday looking for a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
Tip off is set for 7:00pm from the Air Canada Centre and can be viewed on TSN.
More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation.