WASHINGTON — The Toronto Raptors have modernized to a Eastern Conference semifinals for a third uninterrupted season.
Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and a Raptors kick Washington 102-92 on Friday, winning a opening-round playoff array 4 games to two.
DeMar DeRozan combined 16 points for Toronto, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam scored 11 off a bench.
Bradley Beal had 32 points to tip a Wizards, while John Wall combined 23.
The home group had won any of a initial 5 games of a series, a Raptors holding a 3-2 lead with Wednesday’s 108-98 feat a Air Canada Centre.
But Toronto was vigilant on preventing a Game 7.
The Raptors, who wore their black and gold, Drake-inspired swap jerseys, trailed by 12 points early, though confirmed their restraint before finally holding their initial lead of a diversion — 65-64 — mid by a third entertain when Lowry, like he’d finished so many times in a unchanging season, tossed adult an alley-oop throw to DeRozan.
Trailing 78-73 with one entertain to play, a Raptors’ “bench mob” that had been among a best in a joining in a unchanging season, non-stop a fourth with a 15-5 run, punctuated by a Pascal Siakam asperse with 6:51 left that gave Toronto an 88-83 lead. Siakam took moody for another asperse that stretched a Raptors’ lead to 96-88, afterwards 4 uninterrupted points by Lowry done it a 10-point diversion with 1:55 to play, promulgation unhappy Washington fans pouring toward a exits.
In his pre-game availability, Raptors manager Dwane Casey had talked about a highlight of personification a large Game 6.
“It’s substantially like a duck. You know how a steep is on a pond? You’re substantially not from a country,” he joked with a reporter. “You demeanour during a duck, he’s all ease on a top, and underneath he’s paddling like hell. That’s substantially how we feel right now. There’s no easy tighten out game.
“In each championship turn … it’s never easy, no matter what we are lucky or who you’re personification against, shutting out a array or winning a array is one of a hardest things to do in sport, in any sport.”
Fred VanVleet had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in only his second coming of a series. The backup ensure harmed his shoulder in a season-finale during Miami, and attempted to play in Game 2, though final reduction than 3 minutes.
The towel-waving throng during Capital One Arena once again enclosed pockets of Raptors fans. A impulse of overpower was hold before to tipoff for a lives mislaid in Monday’s outpost conflict in Toronto that killed 10 people.
The Wizards done 7 of their initial 9 shots of a game, including 3 uninterrupted threes, to take an early 12-point lead. The Raptors, who’d been a improved group in a initial entertain in a prior 5 games, shot only 35 per cent in a initial quarter, and didn’t go to a line once, and Washington took a 30-20 lead into a second.
VanVleet fed Siakam for a asperse as partial of a Raptors’ 9-2 run that cut Washington’s lead to only a indicate early in a second. The Wizards led by 10 twice some-more in a entertain before Toronto sealed with a 8-4 run. Washington was adult 53-50 during halftime.
The Wizards were blank Otto Porter Jr. (leg injury). Porter had a procession progressing in a day to forestall permanent repairs due to cell syndrome.
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