Valanciunas had not played in the fourth quarter all series, but due to Serge Ibaka's ineffectiveness (three points on 1-of-3 shooting, two rebounds and zero blocks), he was called upon to play down the stretch.
Miles would go 2-for-7 from three-point-land, rolling for eight points, and providing reliable end-of-game defence.
Valanciunas figured in several more big plays, stripping Wall of the ball, muscling around Marcin Gortat for points in the paint, and drawing the Wiz big man into fouls.
In Game 1 he had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He has been a key piece from deep this season and with the Wizards having their back against the wall, he is player they really probably need.
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DeRozan scored his 32 points in Game 5 with efficiency.
"As much as we can, we just have to try to continue to move the ball, be aggressive, and don't get stagnant".
In the first quarter, they surrendered just a single turnover after the horrendous 18 total they allowed in Game 4.
"I think the biggest thing we did is all five of us communicated and we just got after it".
The Washington Wizards might have to play Game 6 of their series against the Toronto Raptors without Otto Porter as the forward deals with a bone contusion in his left leg, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. Instead, DeRozan was shouldering the scoring load, taking eight of Toronto's 20 field goal attempts in his 13-point quarter, including the team's only three-point make of the quarter (they shot just four). Although video feeds were reportedly spotty, giant screens were playing the Raptors game, the Toronto Maple Leafs Game 7 duel with the Boston Bruins and Toronto FC's CONCACAF Champions League Final against Chivas Guadalajara.
Casey said the losses were uncharacteristic of how the Raptors have played on the road this season. They have to lock down the perimeter and, as this series has shown, that includes DeRozan even though he isn't known for making threes. James' Cavaliers likely await the victor of this series; Cleveland plays a Game 6 at IN also Friday night. Washington is also unlikely to shoot just 19-percent from beyond the arc for a second consecutive game.
"Both teams held up banners that said "#TorontoStrong" to honor those affected by the van attack that happened in Toronto on Monday. "Gave us an opportunity for Kyle and DeMar to get off the ball a little bit more", Casey said. The Raptors, the Wizards and the National Basketball Association will make a donation to a fund for victims and those affected by the incident. He and the other starters helped give Toronto a five-point lead early. 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. Once again, the Raptors combatted Wizards guard John Wall with a dizzying combination of defenders and coverages. 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. Westbrook scored 20 points in the third quarter.