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Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, center, lays off a pass as Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson (15) and DeMar DeRozan defend during the second half in Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Saturday, April 18, 2015,  in Toronto. The Wizards won 93-86 in overtime.  (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)   MANDATORY CREDIT

Three points: Things to ponder after Game 1

- The Washington Times

The Wizards’ Game 1 win in Toronto is a step, but no series-winning guarantee. Teams that win Game 1 on the road are 68-56 (.548) all time. They also lose Game 2 almost all the time: 9-95 (.234).

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 basketball playoffs, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)   MANDATORY CREDIT

Paul Pierce brews disdain, then thrives on it

- The Washington Times

Veteran Paul Pierce had residents of Toronto wound up even before tip-off Saturday. By the end of Game 1, he had silenced them with a game-high 20 points and a Wizards road win to open the series.

Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario gathers up a loose ball against the Tornto Raptos during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)   MANDATORY CREDIT

Wizards take Game 1 on the road in Toronto

- Associated Press

Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Wizards beat the Raptors, 93-86, on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, center, drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, right, and guard Michael Carter-Williams during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91

- Associated Press

Through three long years of knee surgeries and recoveries, the Chicago Bulls waited for this. And when the moment arrived, here is what Derrick Rose did.

Storm diverts Oklahoma-bound Seattle elephants to San Diego

Associated Press

Two aging female elephants that a Seattle zoo dispatched earlier this week on a 2,000-mile road trip to a new home at an Oklahoma zoo have been diverted by a storm - and are now resting at the San Diego Zoo, the Woodland Park Zoo said Friday.

Toronto Raptors' coach Dwane Casey attends a media availability in Toronto, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The Raptors open the NBA playoffs against the Washington Wizards on Saturday.  (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Raptors seeking to win 7-game series for first time

- Associated Press

They won a second straight Atlantic Division title and set a franchise record with 49 victories. Both reasons to be proud, for sure. But it's what the Raptors do next, now the playoffs have arrived, that will determine whether this season is a success.

Splitter practices for Spurs, unclear if he can play vs LA

- Associated Press

San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter participated in practice Friday, but the team was unsure if he will play in Sunday night's playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.