The Washington Wizards could not recover from a very sluggish start in their 130-119 game two loss, and their backs are now against the wall.
Through two games so far in what looks like a potentially promising playoff run, DeRozan has scored 54 points on 49 individual possessions (worth more than 1.1 points per possession), his 10 assists have resulted in 26 points - thanks to the fact six of those assists have led to 3-pointers for his teammates - he's turned the ball over only four times, and he's connected on five of 11 3-point attempts (good for 45 percent).
The Washington Wizards will try to tie the series as they face the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 in one of the first round NBA Playoff games on Tuesday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON.
The deluge of three-pointers flows from a game plan the Raptors overhauled between seasons, to address an offence the club found to be stagnant compared to the up-tempo, three-point gunning style that defines the contemporary National Basketball Association.
Wizards' guard John Wall came out in Game One and had 23 points and 19 assists, making him the leading scorer for the Wizards. "Tonight I just wanted to be aggressive".
The Washington Wizards became the first team to lose to the Toronto Raptors in a game one since 2012 as the Canadian-based outfit ended a long and embarrassing streak.
Serge Ibaka totalled 23 points and 12 rebounds while reserves C. J. Miles and Delon Wright accounted for 30 of Toronto's 42 bench points and made seven of 11 shots from three-point range to compensate for a second five without injured guard Fred VanVleet.
Perhaps most important, John Wall showed his leadership skills with the fire in his play in the second half and found his way attacking the basket offensively. DeRozan exploded for 13 first-quarter points. "We have to be able to close out on point, close out on the catch, know who has the ball and which way to close out on them".
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Wall scored 14 points in the third while Toronto shot 0 for 7 from 3-point range, allowing the Wizards to cut it to 100-90 heading to the fourth. By the end of the first quarter, a rout seemed to be on between the top-seeded Raptors and No.8-seeded Wizards.
"I felt like I got fouled and it's always something new when it comes to me (in terms of not getting calls)". But when Wall and Beal were saddled with foul trouble, it was Lawson, the newbie, who kept the Wizards afloat.
Raptors: DeRozan also had 37 against Cleveland in the second round past year.
Brooks acknowledged that the problem has no simple solutions when the Raptors play well. This game was effectively over in the first quarter.
Feeling relaxed in front of their home crowd, the Raptors scored an insane 76 points in the first half, setting a franchise record.
Simply put, DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors were almost unstoppable in the first half Tuesday. Valanciunas had eight rebounds in the opening quarter.
Elsewhere Tuesday, second seeds Boston shrugged off their injury crisis to down Milwaukee 120-106 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round series.
"He's grown a lot (in reading the game)", Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.