The last Toronto team to win Game 1 - where are the 2001 Raptors?

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If the Toronto Raptors playing from behind feels familiar, well, it should.

The Raptors never seem to get off on the right foot when it comes to a playoff series.

This year is no different, as the team has to climb out of a Game 1 hole after a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

So far, so good for Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and company, as the series is now tied at 1-1 heading into Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee.

It's hard to believe but it's been 16 years since the Raptors franchise won a Game 1, coming in the Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, which was eventually won in seven games by the 76ers, who then lost in the NBA Finals to Shaq, Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since then, the Raptors have made the playoffs in eight seasons, even winning two of the series last year after falling behind.

But since the Raptors are once again playing from behind, here's a look at the last Toronto team to pick up a Game 1 win, a 96-93 triumph in Philly on May 6, 2001.


Jackson was in the process of winding down his NBA career in 2000-01 for Toronto.

After this season, Jackson would finish his run with one season apiece for the New York Knicks, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

Jackson's post-playing career has been even more notable, becoming a color analyst on television on the top broadcasting team for ESPN.

He then coached the Golden State Warriors for three seasons from 2011 until 2014, ushering in the Steve Kerr era in Oakland.

Jackson is back on TV now.


Speaking of the Kerr era in Golden State, Dell Curry has a huge part of the success of the Warriors.

Curry's son, Stephen, is the team's most important player.

Some of Steph Curry's early moments on the court were in Toronto when his dad played for the Raptors.

Dell Curry was one of the league's all-time best shooters himself, ranking 33rd all-time in career percentage at .4019 (tied with Allan Houston).

Curry was in his 14th season with Toronto, his second-to-last season with the Raptors and in the league.


Carter was 24 in the 2000-01 season and in the beginning of his fantastic stretch of basketball north of the United States border.

After the former North Carolina star had his time turn sour in Toronto, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets in the 2004-05 season, reaching three All-Star Games with the Nets.

Vinsanity would also touch down with the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies.

At 40, he's still playing! Carter is actually still pretty productive too. He's a starter for the Grizzlies and has 16 points in two playoff games against the San Antonio Spurs this year.


Even though Oakley has been out of the league since 2003-04, the bruiser made headlines this year.

The former New York Knicks fan favorite was kicked out of a game at Madison Square Garden this season, creating another controversy for owner James Dolan.

Back in 2000-01, Oakley was in his final season in Toronto before finishing his career with single seasons in Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets.

Oakley played in 1,282 career regular season games, grabbing 12,205 rebounds and scoring 12,417 points.


Davis quietly had a really, really good NBA career.

The former UTEP star reached an All-Star Game as a member of the Raptors in 2000-01, as he averaged 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

He came on to the scene as a sidekick of Reggie Miller for the Indiana Pacers but had his most productive run in Toronto, scoring 12.9 points and grabbing 6.1 rebounds in six seasons.

Davis then played with the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks before finishing his career in 2005-06 with eight final games with the Raptors.

Davis, who also served as president of the players association, is now an analyst on ESPN.

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