It has been 17 years, but the 2017-18 edition of the Toronto Raptors have broken the curse.

Toronto defeated the Washington Wizards 114-106 in Game 1 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday to claim its first series-opening victory since 2001. The win ends a losing streak of 10 consecutive Game 1s, with Toronto's last victory coming in the 2001 East Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The win was also their first ever Game 1 triumph in the first round, having lost the previous nine.

Knowing all too well of the franchise's Game 1 curse, All-Star Kyle Lowry alluded to the importance of starting the series on the right foot. "Our Game 1 is like a Game 7," Lowry said Friday. "We've got to play like it's a Game 7."

They wanted to play like it was Game 7 and they did just that. Serge Ibaka led the way for the Raptors, the number one seed, with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks in the intense, back-and-forth affair. John Wall paced the No. 8 Wizards with 23 points, 15 assists, and four steals. Wall missed all four regular-season matchups against Toronto, which the clubs split 2-2.

This is the first time the two teams have met in the postseason since 2015, when Washington upset the northern rival in a 4-0 sweep. The Raptors will host Game 2 on Tuesday night.