Raptors get their mojo back, finish Wizards in Game 6: 3 takeaways

Raptors get their mojo back, finish Wizards in Game 6: 3 takeaways

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

The Toronto Raptors eventually overcame a resilient effort by the Wizards to claim a 102-92 win in the nation's capital and wrap up the series in six games to advance to the second round.

PACERS 121, CAVALIERS 87: Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and posted the first postseason triple-double of his career, leading IN to a blowout at Indianapolis to even the series at 3-3. Lowry, who had said earlier that Toronto's players needed to shoot when they had open looks, took his own advice to score 24 points on 15 attempts. But it was Toronto's bench - with Fred VanVleet back on the court - who jump-started the late-game comeback. He then congratulated Raptors Coach Dwane Casey and called him the "Coach of the Year". He is kind of the engine, the toughness.

James had won 11 consecutive closeout games and is 12-0 all-time in the first-round series. DeRozan has had a few bad games in their playoff run so far, including a measly 16-point outing in their last game against the Washington Wizards.

Toronto ranks fourth in three pointers attempted per game (32.7) while Washington ranks 24th (26.2). And yet, here we are; what a time to be alive.

The Raptors, finally, look comfortable with themselves. And when his shot didn't fall, Porter still had a masterful mid-range game as his Plan B. But with Oubre's inability to hit an outside shot or even get to the basket, he was a liability on the offensive end of the floor and was basically rendered useless.

Toronto's Delon Wright heard it from everyone going into Game 5 against the Washington Wizards. 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. Washington ended the half on an 11-5 run, and Beal's three with 10 seconds left cut the Raptors' lead at halftime to just 48-47. Bradley Beal scored 20 on 8-of-20 shooting but missed five of six shots in the fourth.

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The Raptors' reserves allowed the starters to keep fresh.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam dunks during the first half on April 27, 2018, in Washington. Of his own team, he said, "You can't just do it with one or two players". And I think that's what we did.

"We love our chances", Wall said when asked how he likes the Wizards' odds of winning Friday's Game 6 at home against the Raptors and returning to Canada. "But that's my job to go out there and set the table". But the Wizards were not able to mount a serious threat as they were outscored 29-14 in the quarter.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 22 points but sat out the fourth quarter, while Jeff Green added 13 points and Rodney Hood had 12 for the Cavaliers, who shot 41.8 per cent from the field. On any given night, our bench can do that. "But at the same time, we played aggressive, we just didn't make shots". We're calm, no matter what.

"It's a different year".

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