NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Toronto 29 32 21 21 103
Washington 30 39 32 21 122
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , April 20, 2018
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 20,356

Wizards try to get back in series with Raptors

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Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards

  1. Since the start of the 2014 calendar year, the Raptors are 8-1 in regular-season road games versus the Wizards. However, Washington is 2-0 all-time at home versus Toronto in the postseason, winning both meetings in the 2015 Eastern Conference First Round.
  2. Prior to this series, the Raptors had never before led a best-of-7 series 2-0. The Wizards have a 2-10 best-of-7 series record all-time when trailing 2-0, losing their last four such series.
  3. Toronto won, 130-119, in Game 2, the most points the Raptors have ever scored in a playoff game and the third-most points allowed by the Wizards in the postseason all-time (and their most allowed since giving up 134 points to Philadelphia in Game 5 of the 1986 Eastern Conference First Round).
  4. DeMar DeRozan matched his postseason career high by scoring 37 points in Game 2, his 12th career postseason 30-point game; all other Raptors all-time have combined to total 12 30-point playoff games.
  5. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 12 assists in Game 2, his fifth career postseason double-double (tied with Chris Bosh for third most by a Raptor all-time). The only Raptors with more career postseason double-doubles are Antonio Davis and Jonas Valanciunas (12 each).
  6. John Wall has totaled 52 points, 24 assists and three blocks through two games this postseason, just the second player since 1984-85 with at least 50 points, 20 assists and three blocks through two games in a single postseason. The only other player to do it in that span was LeBron James last postseason (57 points, 20 assists and four blocks).
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WASHINGTON -- The name of the arena has changed since the last time the Toronto Raptors visited the Washington Wizards in the playoffs.

That is not all.

Three years after getting swept by the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs -- with the final two games coming at then Verizon Center -- the Raptors roll into Capital One Arena on Friday night with a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series.

"We had some tough experiences out there, especially in the playoffs, right?" Jonas Valanciunas told the Toronto Sun after Thursday's practice.

In 2015, the No. 5 Wizards -- led by veteran Paul Pierce -- pulled off a what was a mild upset of the No. 4 Raptors, closing out the series with a 31-point rout.

This time out, the No. 8 Wizards, who played a large chunk of the season without point guard John Wall, were again thought capable of upsetting the now top-seeded Raptors, but haven't shown evidence of that.

Toronto, meanwhile, appears comfortable being the hunted and are up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time in their history.

"A few years ago, we had to have that (underdog) mentality, that chip on our shoulder mentality, or else," Raptors coach Dwane Casey told the Toronto Globe and Mail. "So we're growing, I think our guys are developing a mental toughness that you have to have to be the favorite."

The Raptors ensured the Wizards wouldn't steal a game in Toronto by exploiting Washington's defense for seven 3-pointers and 44 points in the first quarter of Tuesday night's 130-119 victory. Washington, which trailed by as many as 23, pulled within 113-108 in fourth quarter before Toronto unleashed a 19-4 run.

DeMar DeRozan scored a career postseason-best 37 points on 14-of-23 shooting as Toronto shot 51.7 percent from the floor. Valanciunas added 19 points and 14 rebounds.

"We are shooting ourselves in the foot coming out to slow starts, allowing guys to get open threes, allowing guys to get those shots, allowing guys to get layups," Bradley Beal told the Washington Post. "It has to be one or the other. We can't give up 3s and layups, or we're going to be down 20 in the first quarter."

One bright spot for the Wizards was reserve Mike Scott, who had 20 points off the bench and was on the floor when Washington rallied.

Down 2-0, Washington coach Scott Brooks may opt to go with the 6-foot-8 Scott in place of 6-11 Marcin Gortat, who has struggled at both ends thus far.

"When we go small, Mike's a guy that can shoot from the 3, and then they switch smalls on him, he can definitely score in the post," Wall said.

The move could increase the inside advantage for a Toronto team that outrebounded Washington 48-34 in Game 2.

The Wizards could also use more offense from Beal, who is 11 of 28 in two games.

"That's a little bit on him, a little bit on me, a little bit on John (Wall). We need him," Wizards coach Scott Brooks told the Globe and Mail. "We're going to have trouble beating this team if he's not going to play better. And he will."

Washington did not enjoy a strong home-court advantage this season, posting a 23-18 record at Capital One Arena, but Casey is ready for the worst.

"It's going to be a hostile environment," Casey told the Globe and Mail. "They're going to be playing in a desperate mode, we've got to continue to be hungry, we've got to continue to go in with a fighter's mentality to start the game as we did at home."

Updated April 20, 2018

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