Raptors take 3-2 series lead with 108-98 victory over Washington

They did just that, and their 122-103 win was their first of the series.

The Raptors were locked in a back-and-forth affair with the Wizards in Toronto on Wednesday night as both teams looked to take an important 3-2 lead in the series.

This series held form through the first four games, as the home team won each contest. There have been some hiccups in the Raptors on the court communication in the last two games away, and it's led to frazzles and bigger flare-ups, and there's no doubt the next however many games will have more of the same.

All of which is to say that, with a pivotal Game 5 looming in Toronto Wednesday night, it's all right there in front of the Wizards.

The rundown: Yeah, so the Raptors are in trouble.

Washington's all-stars Bradley Beal and John Wall were firing on all cylinders, Beal scoring 31 points, and Wall chipping in with 27. His presence seems to always give this team a shot in the arm, and if the Wizards want to win this series Oubre will have to keep up his defense and energy.

"We love our chances", Wall said when asked how he likes the Wizards' odds of winning game 6 at home, per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

For whatever reason the Ibaka seen in Games 1 and 2 has now been missing for three consecutive games.

The rundown: Man, this series has been something else. Coaches had preached to them about pulling the trigger when the opportunity arose, rather than pump-faking themselves out of deep shots like they'd done in Game 4. During Game 2, when the Cavs were down 1-0 in the series, James scored 46 points in the 100-97 win.

Miles would go 2-for-7 from three-point-land, rolling for eight points, and providing reliable end-of-game defence.

It was a different Beal in the second half.

What changed over the course of those two games? With the shot clock winding down, Wright caught the ball in stride a good four feet behind the 3-point line. IN has not fully relinquished momentum to Cleveland, even after the Cavs' Game 4 win.

If FVV can't get right, Dwane Casey will just have to continue to tinker and find combinations with better chemistry. "We're very confident. It's the best out of three, and for somebody to win the series they got to win on the road". Over the past 10 seasons, road teams are just 7-24 in Games 7.

The rundown: OK, so this series is over.

The Rockets are off to the second round for the second year in a row after eliminating the eighth-seeded Timberwolves. A Mike Scott basket at the third-quarter buzzer sent the game into the fourth all tied up at 80-80. The Raptors have spent a full season refashioning their offense into a system more predicated on movement and playmaking. The last time Toronto lost three regular season games in a row was from Feb 8 to 14, 2017.

Toronto finished the game on a 26-14 run after trailing 87-82 with nine minutes remaining.

Game 5 date and time: The Thunder will play the Jazz at home Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. "A lot of what went on in that third quarter was because of him". During a 16-second stretch, the rookie had a layup, a steal and a dunk that gave the Raptors a nine-point lead. They allowed an average of 106 points in regular season play, positioning them 15th in the National Basketball Association. Paul George led the team with 32 points in Game 4, and Russell Westbrook scored 29 points.

Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists. More importantly, the Raps limited the turnovers and hesitancy to shoot that plagued them in Washington.

  • Julie Sanders