DeRozan carries Raptors over Wizards for 3-2 lead

DeRozan carries Raptors over Wizards for 3-2 lead

DeRozan carries Raptors over Wizards for 3-2 lead

Toronto's Delon Wright heard it from everyone going into Game 5 against the Washington Wizards.

Raptor Pascal Siakam drives to the hoop and draws a foul from Tomas Satoransky of the Wizards in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre. "He made a heck of a move, got me leaning right and he went left, and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball". Bradley Beal added 20 points but had just three in the decisive fourth quarter.

Another bright spot for the Raptors was Jonas Valanciunas, who had not played a single minute in the fourth quarter in the series prior to Game 5. "Everybody stepped up, and Delon stepped up big". "And we just exploited everything individual-wise that we could do, offensively and defensively". However, persistent as always Washington fought back and cut the lead to just one, heading into half. The Wizards were winning most of the loose balls and dominating the boards - they would outrebound Toronto 50-35.

Despite their inability to close the game out and get a road win, John Wall is hugely confident that they can force a game seven back in Toronto by protecting their home court in the next outing. Thousands more anxious fans gathered outside in Maple Leaf Square to watch both the Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs play on the big screens. Kyle Lowry played well in game five, sinking 17 points along with 10 assists for his second double-double of the series.

"It was great", Casey said on the closing lineup.

DeRozan does a good job of maintaining body and ball control going straight up against Wizards' big men and is often rewarded by the referees.

"Every game is a different game".

Gortat had six rebounds in the first quarter. As DeRozan dropped 13 in the first, Wall answered with nine points of his own as well as three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Miles scored a three with 41 seconds left, the punctuation mark on a thrilling ending.

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"But at the same time, we played aggressive, we just didn't make shots". Everybody competing, everybody working hard, hitting shots on both ends, making guys on both sides make plays.

"Of course I didn't think it was a goaltend", he said with a laugh.

Neither team has won on the other's floor. In Game 5, the Raptors connected on 11-of-25 three-point attempts.

Not only is the home team unbeaten in the Raptors-Wizards first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, but it has covered the spread in all five games thus far.

Thanks to Wednesday night's loss in Toronto, there is no tomorrow if the Wiz do not prevail in Friday night's Game 6, the ultimate do-or-die scenario for an eighth seed that really isn't an eighth seed. "Whenever he gets over 10 or 15, nine times out of 10 they win the game".

The night began with a moment of silence for the victims of Monday's Toronto tragedy, when a van intentionally drove into a crowd of people in a busy city intersection. There was also a moment of silence at Air Canada Centre, and it was announced that the Raptors, Wizards and National Basketball Association will donate money to the #TorontoStrong Fund. He and the other starters helped give Toronto a five-point lead early.

The Wizards run leaked into the beginning of the second.

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