Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
A few minutes into the fourth quarter Toronto Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey took a huge gamble in a pivotal playoff game and it payed off, resulting in a 108-98 win over the Washington Wizards.
Casey went with a five man unit that has played minimal time together throughout the course of the season, but DeRozan, Lowry, Valanciunas, Wright, and Miles got the job done when it mattered most, tipping the series 3-2 in the Raptors favour.
DeMar (who scored 30 points in the first three quarters) took a backseat in the fourth quarter when it came to knocking down big shots, and instead played more of a decoy role so shooters such as Wright, Miles, and Lowry were able to do what they do best.
Jonas Valanciunas also had a huge role in the victory, tallying a double-double of his own with 14 points and 13 boards.
Home court continues to play a vital role in this series, with the home team winning each and every game thus far. Toronto has been dominate at home all year long, tied with the Houston Rockets for the best home court record in the NBA.
The Air Canada Centre crowd seemed nervous about this game however, as it went down to the wire.
The Raptors were able to grasp some breathing room when Delon Wright knocked down a tough three with under four minutes to play in the final frame.
Toronto contained John Wall and Bradley Beal enough in the final few minutes to take a 3-2 series lead to Washington.
The Raptors will look to end the series in Game 6, as with a victory they will move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Tip off for Game 6 is set for 7:00pm on Friday from Capital One Arena and can be seen on Sportsnet One.
More coverage to follow. Image from The Globe and Mail.