Raptors look to close out Wizards

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In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and Toronto beat Washington in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.

VanVleet suffered a shoulder injury in the Raptors' regular-season finale in Miami.

The Toronto Raptors punched their ticket to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs on Friday, April 27, with a 102-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Coach Dwane Casey told the media pre-game that VanVleet was available. The North won this war, and the Wizards were bounced a round earlier than they were the previous year.

The first three quarters in the contest were extremely tight. Kyle Lowry led the way with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, as the Raptors closed out the Wizards 4-2. Valanciunas drove to the hoop for a layup just over a minute later to make it a 10-point game, flexing his muscles as he ran back down the floor. "It's a different team", VanVleet said. VanVleet played 19 minutes, scoring five points to go with four rebounds and four assists, but it was his presence more than his statline that made the difference. "We've got to keep our mind on our business". I do other stuff too, but it's not as cool as hockey.

The No. 1 seed Raptors lead the Eastern Conference first-round series 3-2 and can end it by winning Friday.


"It was great to have the full bench back, to have Freddie back out there with them guys". Washington averaged 106.6 points in the regular season, ranking them 13th overall.

Jakob Poeltl and C.J. Miles each scored seven. But two minutes later, the speedy Wall had the ball stolen by Valanciunas, a lumbering big man by comparison, and DeRozan finished the play with an emphatic dunk, bringing the fans to their feet with a roar.

"It gets them deep in their roster", Casey said.

The team announced that Otto Porter Jr. underwent minor surgery Friday to address swelling around a bruise in his leg and will miss the remainder of Washington's first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. The Cleveland Cavaliers, which is essentially LeBron James and a cast of extras, got drilled by IN in Game 6, and are a handful or two of plays away from a six-game sweep at the hands of the Pacers.

This style of play has eased in the last couple of years as the Raptors have learned from their past mistakes but the skeletons still come out of the closet for the fourth quarter and crunch time late in games.

Asked whether he has a preference for the upcoming opponent, DeRozan answered with one word: "No".


The win provides a bit of revenge for the Raptors, who were swept by the Wizards in the 2014-15 season.

But this time, Washington bowed out earlier than it was hoping when the season began with grandiose talk of a run to the conference finals.

In Game 6, Wall played 40 minutes and Beal played 43.

John Wall led the Wizards with 26 points, while Bradley Beal added 20. "Like I said, them guys been doing it all year, been countless games where our starters didn't even see the fourth quarter because of our bench".

This time, they just did it.

John Wall and the Washington Wizards were confident ahead of a must-win Game 6.


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