Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Raptors take 3-2 series lead with 108-98 victory over Washington

Raptors take 3-2 series lead with 108-98 victory over Washington

Kyle Lowry was huge for Toronto all series, and came through with another big game on Friday.

The Toronto Raptors travel to Washington to face the Wizards Friday night in Game 6 of their best-of-seven first-round matchup.

Porter averaged 14.7 points per game on 50.3 percent shooting during the regular season, but he has not played his customary game during the series, which the Raptors lead 3-2. LeBron James had 27 points and six assists in their last contest.

John Wall led the Wizards with 26 points, while Bradley Beal added 20.

With just under nine minutes to play, and Game 5 threatening to slip away, coach Dwane Casey went with a lineup that had played less than 10 minutes together all season. He is kind of the engine, the toughness. The home team is a ideal 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and I think that trend continues as this series is heading to a Game 7. (For my money, that performance even more impressive than his 37-point outburst in Game 2, given how he responded to the way Washington was defending him.) DeRozan and Lowry deserve credit for leading their team and proving that they can be just as productive as they are in the regular season come playoff time. The Raptors kept it close in both losses, losing by six and three points in their last two contests. This time they did so in front of Washington's deafening "DC Family", who bellowed to the rafters and waved "Rep the District" rally towels.

The Wizards and Raptors will face off in a pivotal game six in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors look to advance to the second round as they battle the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena in Game 6. Toronto has drilled at least 11 three-pointers in four of five games in this series, and they have also received a solid contribution from several players.

James led the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs with 22 points and seven assists.

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The second unit, led by Fred VanVleet, created the comeback. However, do the Raptors have what it takes to keep moving on? Cleveland's Kevin Love left the contest in the third quarter after colliding with Myles Turner. In a season in which assorted role players were a huge part of Toronto's success, it was a fitting way for this series to end.

"This was probably the most complete game we've played", Lance Stephenson said.

"I think we have an opportunity this summer to try to make our team better".

"We got some looks", said Wall, whose entire team had only 12 assists. "But that's my job to go out there and set the table".

The Toronto Raptors controlled their home floor in Game 5 and can now eliminate the Washington Wizards with a road victory tonight. Then the DC family flooded to the exits in droves. On any given night, our bench can do that. "We've just got to find a way". "He just controls the tempo", said Siakam. We're calm, no matter what.

It was another example of how this team is different from year's pass, better able to distribute minutes and responsibilities so DeRozan and Lowry don't have to shoulder the whole load.

Washington had to rely so much on Wall and Bradley Beal, who combined to play almost 84 combined minutes.

"I think the overall confidence that we have in our group, coach has kind of just instilled that into all of us", Lowry said.

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