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Paul Pierce leads Washington Wizards past Toronto Raptors in overtime in Game 1

The Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce, center, is congratulated

The Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce, center, is congratulated after their 93-86 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Toronto. Credit: AP / Chris Young

TORONTO - Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs, then derided this week by saying, "I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried," in an interview with ESPN.

Bradley Beal scored 16, while John Wall and Kevin Seraphin each had 10 for the Wizards.

Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.

Toronto hosts Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Washington held a double-digit lead in the second half, but Greivis Vasquez, who took over after All-Star Kyle Lowry fouled out, tied it at 82-all by hitting a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.

Neither team scored again until Pierce made a 3-pointer 36 seconds into overtime, the first basket in a 7-0 Wizards run. Toronto missed seven straight shots before DeRozan's dunk with 29 seconds left.

The Raptors' only Game 1 win came over Philadelphia in the second round of the 2001 playoffs.

Lou Williams, Patrick Patterson and Vasquez each had 10 for the Raptors, whose bench outscored the starting five 48-38.

DeRozan, Lowry and Terrence Ross shot a combined 11 for 41, including a 0-for-11 performance from 3-point range.

Three of the past five meetings between the Wizards and Raptors have gone into overtime, including one triple-overtime game.

Both teams struggled with their shooting in the first quarter. Washington missed 10 of its first 11 attempts and trailed 23-19 after one.

Pierce scored nine points in a 14-2 Wizards run late in the second, including a pull-up jumper that gave Washington its first lead of the game. Pierce scored 10 in the quarter as the Wizards led 46-42 at halftime.

Beal and Pierce each scored five points in the third as Washington took a 65-56 lead into the fourth.



Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough started in place of Johnson, who missed four of Toronto's final seven games with a sore right ankle.

Wizards: Washington out rebounded Toronto 61-48. ... The Wizards won in Toronto for the first time since a 134-129 triple OT victory

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