Toronto Raptors: 3 takeaways from Game 5 vs. Wizards
27 April, 2018, 00:23 | Author: Julian Swanson
The only team in the National Basketball Association to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three consecutive since last year's second-round sweep against Cleveland.
It was a one-point Washington lead after the opening period, the Raptors leading by one at intermission, a one-point game heading into the fourth with the home side clinging to the advantage.
James dropped a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
"That's the way we have to play, whether we're here, Washington, wherever it is, we gotta play to our personality", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey. Other than two or three turnovers, we got all the looks we wanted in the fourth quarter. "Everybody stepped up, and Delon stepped up big". We just didn't make shots.
The Raptors also overcame Wall, who scored 26 points on 10-of-21 from the floor, but who also committed seven turnovers. The Wizards were winning most of the loose balls and dominating the boards, outrebounding Toronto 50-35. This Wizards team is better than that Bucks squad.
A large crowd gathered in rainy, cold Maple Leaf Square outside the ACC on one of the most notable nights in recent Toronto sports memory.
When Kelly Oubre converted a three-point play, it gave the Wizards a five-point lead, but with 6:49 to play Valanciunas stole the ball off Wall, and DeRozan finished the play with a emphatic dunk, bringing the fans to their feet with a roar. Kyle Lowry played well in game five, sinking 17 points along with 10 assists for his second double-double of the series.
"We've gotta pretty much get it out of [his] hands". My job is to set good screens.
"At that point, we just got to stay aggressive", Beal added.
Washington's John Wall reacts after missing a shot during Game 5 on Wednesday.
Gortat had six rebounds in the first quarter.
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 32 points in 39 minutes. Miles scored a three with 41 seconds left, the punctuation mark on a thrilling ending. "They just made some bigger shots and big momentum plays down the stretch that really hurt us in the fourth".
But there's just one more thing Wall wants to make clear. "And I thought that was the difference".
Neither team has won on the other's floor.
The Washington Wizards might have to play Game 6 of their series against the Toronto Raptors without Otto Porter as the forward deals with a bone contusion in his left leg, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
This topsy-turvy series will now return to Washington for a huge game six on Friday night.
Casey said the losses were uncharacteristic of how the Raptors have played on the road this season. "For the most [part], we feel like we didn't shoot [well] or play a great game and still had an opportunity to win".
The Wizards had a chance to do just that in Game 5 but squandered their best showing - albeit on a poor shooting night - in enemy territory.
A moment of silence was held before tipoff for those who died in Monday's horrific van attack in Toronto that left 10 dead, and 14 injured, and both teams held black.Torontostrong banners during the anthems.
After averaging 111.7 points and 33 three-point attempts per game during the regular season, the Raptors shot just 18 three-pointers in Sunday's 106-98 loss.
7 quick points for DeRozan and the @Raptors lead 13-8 early on.
The Wizards run leaked into the beginning of the second. Beal and Porter hit late jumpers, helping Washington trim to Raptors lead to 48-47 at halftime.
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