The Washington Wizards took Game 1 of the series against the Toronto Raptors with a 93-86 overtime win. Paul Pierce led the charge with a game-high 20 points after leading the Wizards as the outright leader in scoring six times during the regular season.
Pierce was the truth
The Wizards improved to 5-1 this season when Pierce scores at least 20 points. He did most of his damage against the Raptors big men scoring 15 points on 5-5 shooting against them and scored 10 points in the second quarter while playing at the power forward position. He connected on all four of his shots in the period.
Pierce was just 2-5 for five points against the Raptors guards.
The 17-year veteran now has 3,027 career points in the postseason. He moved past Big Game James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list.
The Wizards stole Game 1 on the road but they came close to coughing up the win. They led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter but were outscored by nine points in the final period and forced to play overtime.
Since the All-Star break, the Wizards have been outscored by 104 points in the fourth quarter, the worst differential over that span. The next closest team is the Denver Nuggets which has been outscored by 49 points.
Raptors bench carries team
The Raptors reserves outplayed the starters. They scored more points (48 vs 38) and had a much higher field goal percentage (47.6 percent vs 30.0 percent). The starters missed all 11 of their three-point attempts while the reserves knocked down six of their 18 three-pointers.
In the fourth quarter, reserves Greivis Vasquez, Louis Williams and Amir Johnson were responsible for 20 of the team's 26 points. Starters DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were responsible for the other six points.
Vasquez came up big late in the game as his three-pointer with 25.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime. It was his second career game-tying/go-ahead field goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and his first since November 23, 2012 as a member of the Hornets.
Lowry, the team's only All-Star this season, had a game to forget. He fouled out for the second time this season and his seven points are his fewest in a game this year in which he attempted at least 10 shots. He scored in double figures in every postseason game last year and averaged 21.1 points per game.
Had the Raptors finished off their 15-point comeback, it would have been their largest postseason comeback in team history. Instead, the Raptors fall to 0-7 in Game 1 of the First Round, the worst record in NBA history, and lose their very first overtime playoff game in franchise history. The home team has lost eight of the last 10 playoff overtime games in the NBA.