Raptors Outlast Wizards In Game 6:
The Toronto Raptors were 23-18 on the road this season, but couldn’t steal either of the first two road games in the First Round series. The Washington Wizards won the two home games by a combined 27 points. But it was a different story this time around. The Eastern Conference’s top seed, the Raptors, pulled away late and won 102-92. It seemed their plan was to limit everyone outside of John Wall and Bradley Beal. The All-Star backcourt totaled 55 points, but only one other Washington player scored 10+ points. Toronto was too complete for the Wizards to keep up with. The Raptors had eight players who scored more than seven points and 10 players had 4+ points.
It’s extremely difficult to beat a team who has that many people who can score the ball effectively. You wouldn’t necessarily think O.G. Anunoby, Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, and Fred Van Vleet would be the demise of your team, but when they drop 30 points on 52.4 percent shooting, it’s a huge factor. The Wizards rely on two – sometimes three – guys to carry them to victory. Meanwhile, Toronto has one of the best benches in the entire NBA and will eventually ware down a team like Washington. The Raptors’ superstars played well too, though. DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry had 40 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 12 boards.
The Raptors will get a break since their opponent hasn’t been decided yet. It’s going to be either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Indiana Pacers. They are locked in for a Game 7 on Sunday afternoon. Toronto went 1-2 against Cleveland in the regular season despite a 34-point victory in the first meeting between the two teams. The Raptors were 3-1 against the Pacers and won by 19 points earlier this month. Serge Ibaka led the team in scoring that game with 25 points. Toronto has met Cleveland in each of the last two postseasons and failed to move on. They lost 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016-17. And then lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season.
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