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Wizards' Markieff Morris on series loss to Raptors: 'Sometimes the better teams don't win'

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Wizards forward Markieff Morris (Getty Images)

The Raptors finished up their first-round series with the Wizards on Friday after an impressive 102-92 win in Game 6.

Despite the Raptors never trailing in the series and ultimately winning 4-2 in fairly comfortable fashion, Wizards forward Markieff Morris was less than convinced Toronto was the better team.

Morris, who finished Friday's game with a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds, made his view on the series very clear.

"We (were) the better team," Morris told reporters. "Sometimes the better teams don't win."

The Raptors finished with a franchise-record 59 wins on the year and locked up the No. 1 seed in the East (four games ahead of the second-place Celtics). They also claimed the second-best overall record in the NBA behind the Rockets, finishing with a better mark than the defending champion Warriors.

On paper, the Raptors were considered the better team by most heading into the series, though Dwane Casey said throughout the six-game battle that the Wizards weren't a traditional eight seed.

Injuries to John Wall, Otto Porter Jr. and Morris left the Wizards scraping for their playoff lives to close the year. In Morris' eyes, the team could have reached its ceiling if not for so many massive hurdles.

"We dealt with a lot this year," Morris continued. "We shouldn't have been in the eight spot, but obviously a lot of up and downs... In a long season, it happens.

"We fought and we came up short."

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