The Washington Wizards were on the verge of letting Game 1 slip away, until Paul Pierce carried the team in overtime like he did throughout the game, capturing an ever-important road win to begin their series with the Toronto Raptors. Washington now has the chance to really put some pressure on the Raptors and look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead before playing a game in the nation’s capital.
According to TiqIQ.com, playoff tickets for the Wizards have an average price of $243.33 with a get-in price of $78 for Game 2 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Get your passports, Washington Wizards fans. You can catch the Wizards on the road during the playoffs by booking Toronto flights on Hipmunk.com. Round trip flights range from $300-$500, depending on when you fly out. And while you are in Toronto, you can book hotel deals on Hipmunk for any night of the week.
The Wizards will get to play at the Verizon Center for Game 3 with an average ticket price of $164.58 and a get-in price of $48, while Game 4 features an average ticket price of $171.60 and a get-in price of $43. The most expensive tickets to a Wizards’ home game are for Game 6 with an average ticket price of $219.43 and a get-in price of $46. The most expensive game for the series, of course, is the potentially series-deciding Game 7 in Toronto, which is currently showing an average ticket price of $405.72 with a get-in price of $114.
Washington controlled most of game one, leading at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, but a late rally by the Raptors, thanks to a game-tying Greivis Vasquez three-pointer with 25 seconds left, sent the game into overtime. Pierce’s three-point shot 38 seconds into overtime started a 7-0 run that put the game away, however. The Raptors struggled to shoot the entire night, as DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross shot a combined 11-for-41, good for an ugly 26.8 percent.
Pierce finished with 20 points and went 4-for-7 from three-point land. John Wall flirted with a triple-double, scoring 10 points with eight assists and six rebounds, while Bradley Beal chipped in with 16 points.
The team got off to a slow start but managed to get through it led by Pierce, who knocked in a couple of three-pointers near the end of the first half to help secure a four-point halftime lead. The Raptors just couldn’t knock down any important buckets, aside from the Vasquez three, and will look to simply bounce back in that regard. Their bench actually outscored the starting unit, so an improvement from the starters will be necessary in order to avoid the dreaded 0-2 deficit.