The Wizards win 125-94. Beal scores 23 points, Gortat scores 24 points and 11 rebounds, Pierce scores 14 points. Lowry scores 21 points and DeRozan scores 14 points for the Raptors. Washington wins East First Round Series 4-0. Coach Wittman on Wizards sweeps Raptors:
Oh, is that right? Do I get anything for that?.
I don’t think Game 4 was really that tough, like everybody was saying it was going to be.
Didn’t have any letdowns.
We have that mindset that we’re not finished. We have that mindset that we’re an elite team in this league.
The Raptors win 106-99. Gortat scores a double-double (24 points, 13 rebounds), Wall scores a double-double ( 19 points, 15 assists), Pierce scores 18 points and Beal scores 16 points. DeRozan scores 32 points for the Raptors. Washington leads The East First Round series 3-0.
My adrenaline is through the roof right now. … I’m just enjoying the moment. I love playoff basketball. I love everything about it. At this point in my career, I’m savoring these moments, because I don’t know how many more of these moments I’m going to have.
Coach Casey on Pierce:
You’re not playing against chopped liver. Paul Pierce won a championship. He knows how to play.
Coach Wittman on Wizards perfomance:
That’s us. We’re not a two-man team.
Wizards win 117-106. Wall scores a double-double (26 points,17 assists), Beal scores 28 points and Gortat scores 16 points. DeRozan scores 20 points and Valanciunas scores a double-double (15 points and ten rebounds) for the Wizards. Washington leads East First Round Series 2-0.
Beal on Raptors:
They think that we’re some punks, they think they can push us around. But we’re not rolling.
On Wizards Game 3:
We’ve got to play like we’re down 0-2. Nothing changes. We can’t stop being aggressive.
Coach Wittman on Raptors leads series:
It’s hard winning four games in a series. And as you continue to move on, the harder it gets. Game 3 on Friday is going to be harder to play in than these first two games. It just gets that way as the series moves on.
It’s far from over. Our confidence is still high. All we’ve got to do is take it game by game.
The Raptors win 92-87. Lowry scores 26 points, Valanciunas scores 18 points and DeRozan scores 16 points. Daniels scores 24 points, Walker scores 17 points and Henderson scores 15 points for the Hornets. DeRozan on Pierce talks of Raptor’s playoff game:
Paul Pierce has always got to say something. He said something last year. He’s always got to say something. Just let him talk. I could care less what he says.
Coach Casey on playoff Game 1 versus Wizards:
The real season starts this weekend, what we’ve been building for.
Coach Clifford on the Raptors-Wizards series:
They’re very well coached, they have a number of ways to score and (Casey) is going to know how to prepare them defensively.
It feel great. Good game for me to go into the playoffs off.
The Raptors win 92-74. DeRozan scores 18 points, Vasquez scores 16 points and Lou Williams scores a double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds). Walker scores 15 points and Williams scores ten points for the Hornets. Coach Casey:
The first quarter wasn’t very good, But I thought in the second quarter we set the tone of how we want to play. We started the second quarter and finished the game doing what we wanted to do defensively.
For some reason, we’ve always had bad luck against this team, especially playing here (in Charlotte). But it felt good to get a win against this team at a critical time for us.
We just had no juice. We’re going to have to find a way to be professional. I think our team has stood for effort and purposeful play all year long, and we’re going to have to find a way to do that over these last four games.
The Celtics win 117-116. Thomas scores 25 points, Zeller 20 points, and Turner scores a double-double (18 points and ten rebounds). De Rozan scores 38 points and Valanciunas scores 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. Smart:
It’s just the will, the determination, The guys on this team, we’re competitors, heavy competitors. We don’t like to lose that much, especially when we come off a night where we didn’t play that well.
On the wins play:
When he drove he committed two defenders, including mine, Lou Williams swiped (the ball) toward the area I was in and I was able to get the shot off in time.
I thought I did enough. I figure it’s game. I thought I got the stop. It was just a bad bounce.
We overcame a lot tonight. It was tough. I’m just glad we stuck it all the way through to the end.
You don’t win very often with 2.6 seconds.
The Raptors win 113-99 over the Timberwolves. Williams scores 18 points Derozan scores 17 points. Wiggins scores 25 points, LaVine scores 22 for the Timberwolves. Coach Saunders:
They keep on wearing you down, You try to relax a little bit and you’re a half-step slower contesting on 3s and they’re making shots. That gets you into a whirlwind.
When the ball’s moving, you can know that the ball’s going to find you. You just have to be ready. It’s always fun when the ball’s moving and you have an open shot.
Coach Dwane Casey:
We’ve got to have a defensive approach, a defensive identity with effort, with focus, each and every night we step out. Because in this league anybody can beat anybody.
Linsanity continues as the New York Knicks defeat the Toronto Raptors. Lin puts up 27 points, 11 assists, and the game-winning three to extend the Knicks’ win-streak to six. Coach D’Antoni jokes:
I’m just glad it went like this so we can calm the Linsanity down
It’s not because of me, it’s because we’re coming together as a team. We started making these steps earlier but we were still losing close games and so obviously it wasn’t fun. But when you win, that solves a lot of problems. We’ve been winning and we’ve been playing together.