Raptors back in charge after Game 5 win over Wizards

Raptors back in charge after Game 5 win over Wizards

Raptors back in charge after Game 5 win over Wizards

Bradley Beal added 20 points but had just three in the decisive fourth quarter.

The Wizards held a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, but ultimately lost 108-98 to fall behind 3-2 in the series.

The long-distance three-pointer came with the shot clock winding down.

"He made one from Barrie", said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, referring to a Canadian city that sits on the shore of Lake Simcoe some 68 miles north of the Air Canada Centre.

John Wall almost finished with a triple-double, as the five-time All-Star had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but also coughed up seven turnovers in the process. We just didn't make shots. "Make sure we take care of everybody else", Oubre said. They averaged 122 points in winning the first two games and then scored 108 in Wednesday's 10-point victory - after averaging 100.5 ppg in the two losses in Washington.

"We love our chances", Wall said.

The one good news to emerge from Game 5 was the plus-15 rebounding edge. My job is to set good screens. "We're trying to get something".

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.

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Game 5 proved to be an entertaining battle of stars in Toronto.

In the first quarter, they surrendered just a single turnover after the horrendous 18 total they allowed in Game 4. I think the biggest thing was all five of us communicated and we just got after it.

With the score tied at 95-95, Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Asked to rate the Wizards' chances of coming back to Toronto for Game 7, Wall said, "I like our chances, we're very confident". The 24-year old shooting guard features a solid 43% shooting percentage from three-point range this series, and he is averaging 21.4 in five games. "He gave us an opportunity for Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar (DeRozan) to get of the ball a little bit more. We've got to shoot more threes, we've got to play faster, but we've also got to be disciplined in knowing what the gameplan is, and we've got to stick with the gameplan". Washington is also unlikely to shoot just 19-percent from beyond the arc for a second consecutive game.

Before the game, players from both teams held up banners with the hashtag #TORONTOSTRONG and a moment of silence was held to honor the victims of the deadly van attack Monday in Toronto. The two teams, plus the National Basketball Association, are donating to a fund set up to help the families affected by the attack.

Up until that point, the duo were going toe-to-toe with Toronto's guard combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry and giving them a tough time on the offensive end.

The Wizards run leaked into the beginning of the second.

The Wizards led by five early in the second, but the Raptors responded with a 18-6 run to go ahead by seven. Beal and Porter hit late jumpers, helping Washington trim to Raptors lead to 48-47 at halftime. DeRozan scored 13 first-quarter points and dished out two assists.

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