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Wall: 'We love our chances' at forcing Game 7

27 April 2018

After a dog fight throughout the majority of the game, the Raptors managed to pull away late in the fourth quarter for a 108-98 victory over the Wizards in Game 5.

"I think we always prepare for any lineup that goes out there", DeRozan said.

"We love our chances", Wall said. Other than two or three turnovers, we got all the looks we wanted in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas played just 15 minutes in Game 4 but 32 on Wednesday and finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. "Everybody stepped up, and Delon stepped up big". It was great to have them behind us, that's what you play all year for, to have that this time of year, in a situation like tonight.

James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and went 15 of 15 from the line. The Wizards were winning most of the loose balls and dominating the boards, outrebounding Toronto 50-35.

Despite their inability to close the game out and get a road win, John Wall is hugely confident that they can force a game seven back in Toronto by protecting their home court in the next outing.

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A large crowd gathered in rainy, cold Maple Leaf Square outside the ACC on one of the most notable nights in recent Toronto sports memory. The 27-year old point guard has not had success from deep, going 3 for 16 three-point range through five games, and he is posting an average of 26.6 points and 12.2 assists in this series.

Wall had 26 points, and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards.

"He's a tough cover", Casey said.

"We've gotta pretty much get it out of [his] hands".

DeRozan does a good job of maintaining body and ball control going straight up against Wizards' big men and is often rewarded by the referees.

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"At that point, we just got to stay aggressive", Beal added. DeMar DeRozan scored in bunches in the first three quarters of Game 5, then his teammates took over.

DeRozan is averaging 28.8 points through five games against the Raptors. I don't think there was any secrets to it. Guys made shots when it was time to, guys made plays when it was time to. "I thought that was a big shot for him".

Neither team has won on the other's floor.

The Wizards are down but not out in their opening-round series with the Raptors, even though Washington's margin for error has been reduced from slim to none. Toronto led for a majority of the game, with Washington seemingly a possession or two behind, ready to strike. "We've got to take our attitude of "let them fly" on the road".

Before the game, players from both teams held up banners with the hashtag #TORONTOSTRONG and a moment of silence was held to honor the victims of the deadly van attack Monday in Toronto. There was also a moment of silence at Air Canada Centre, and it was announced that the Raptors, Wizards and National Basketball Association will donate money to the #TorontoStrong Fund. But the Wizards closed with a run capped by Wall's shot at the buzzer that put Washington up 24-23 heading into the second. The total Friday is set at 214.5, with the Raptors' number set at 106.5 and Wizards' at 108. 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. He scored seven early points in the third quarter as the Wizards kept coming.

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Wall: 'We love our chances' at forcing Game 7