Wizards tested mettle of Raptors and that could pay off down line

Wizards tested mettle of Raptors and that could pay off down line

The Raptors' first lead did not come until the third quarter, and they were back down by five points entering the final period.

The big Kiwi produced a stellar performance along with Russell Westbrook, but it was not enough with OKC going down to the Utah Jazz.

The Raptors bench was crucial to the comeback. Washington didn't score again until Beal's 3 with 16 seconds left.

Outside of the star tandem, the Wizards had little scoring from others on the team and it proved to be the decisive factor as Toronto got great production from their bench unit throughout the series. "I played 31 minutes". Unlike previous playoff appearances, this time Toronto could not be thrown off its game by a trapping defense created to take the ball out of Lowry and DeRozan's hands. You think they'd play 40, but that's how our team is built. Hill finished the regular season averaging 10 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

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The Raptors also benefited from the return of guard Fred VanVleet, who missed the last four games with a shoulder injury. Before the playoffs started, Toronto coach Dwane Casey fielded a zillion questions about how he would handle his rotation.

DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and Kyle Lowry 17 points and 10 assists, but arguably the difference-makers were Jonas Valanciunas, who played in the fourth quarter for the first time in about a month, and backup point guard Delon Wright. Toronto is awaiting the victor of the Pacers-Cavaliers series, which is headed to a seventh game. Booker has added a physical presence for IN in its series against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. However in the fourth quarter, the Raptors defense came up big as they limited Washington to only 20 points while they scored 29 points themselves. The Raptors trailed by 53-50 at half; they were 0-23 in playoff games where they trailed at the half before today. Domantas Sabonis continues his excellent series, adding 19 points and six rebounds off of the bench. "A lot of us know Ty, just from playing against him, so it wasn't nothing to get him acquainted with everybody". It was Beal's 18th career postseason game with 25 or more points.

The home team had won every game in this series coming into Game 6.

In five playoff games so far, DeRozan has been logging in 28.8 points per game, five assists, and 3.6 rebounds.

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They will get a chance to advance to the next round with a win in Sunday's winner-take-all showdown in Cleveland.

"Being in the situation before where we fall short in certain situations, most importantly, me and Brad just keep getting better and improving our game and improving our conditioning and all the types of things that we can prepare ourselves for a long season".

Thaddeus Young floored LeBron James with an elbow, opening a cut above the future hall of famer's left eye.

The first three quarters in the contest were extremely tight.

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VanVleet fed Siakam for a dunk as part of a Raptors' 9-2 run that cut Washington's lead to just a point early in the second. Two similar sequences in the fourth quarter illustrated how the Raptors can break games open and demoralize opponents.

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