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Defense wins championships. The phrase is often repeated during this time of year.

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TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry isn't taking what Bradley Beal did to him at the end of Game 1 personal, even though his Toronto Raptors have lost home-court advantage in their first-round series.

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TORONTO -- Sometimes, a team plays better when little is expected of it and doesn't have the pressure of a front-runner.

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TORONTO -- For the last few weeks of the regular season, while Wizards coach Randy Wittman faced questions about lineup tweaks and fixes, it always felt like he was holding cards under his sleeve.

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TORONTO -- Name the shot -- a floater, a layup, a pull-up or a three-pointer -- and John Wall and Bradley Beal bricked it in Saturday's Game 1 with the Toronto Raptors.

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