Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 114-106 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs that are worth revisiting...
1. There was a lot to this game. Though the Raptors pulled away late and essentially locked up the win with two minutes to go, it was a back-and-forth battle that saw dramatic ups and downs for both teams.
Some of the best stretches for the Wizards involved Markieff Morris, who had a big night with 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Here is one of his highlights, an alley-oop slam assisted by John Wall:
2. Mike Scott was the Wizards' best bench player and a big reason they kept answering runs by the Raptors. Scott had 14 points on 7-for-10 from the field.
On this play, he got a wide open dunk thanks to a nice assist by Tim Frazier:
3. This was perhaps the most memorable moment of the game. During a timeout with the Wizards down eight points, John Wall walked by rap star Drake who was sitting courtside and gave him some friendly trash-talk. Drake started it the night before on Instagram and Wall took it to the court.
Though Drake looked up at the scoreboard to respond, the Wizards then went on a 28-16 run to close the first half:
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4. This play may be hard for some readers to watch. Kelly Oubre, Jr. was saving the ball from out of bounds and happened to throw it right at Serge Ibaka's groin:
That's gotta hurt.
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5. The Wizards kept fighting in the fourth quarter and this play by Marcin Gortat was noteworthy. He got an open look in the lane and threw it down with authority:
Gortat: elite screener, elite hair, elite dunker pic.twitter.com/lQaq2K2MA5— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) April 14, 2018
All of that went down and there was a rain delay. Now the Wizards are down 0-1 and face a very important Game 2 on Tuesday in Toronto.
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