Toronto takes command of series
The Toronto Raptors will continue, it seems, to give their fans heart attacks until they can finish off a playoff series, but the hosts took care of business on Wednesday with a 108-98 over the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre in Game 5.
With the victory Toronto takes a three games to two lead lead in the series, as the harder than expected match up now heads to Washington, DC for a decisive Game 6 at the Capital One Arena.
Leading the way for Toronto was DeMar DeRozan, as the 28-year old shooting guard from Compton, California had a game high 32 points while pulling down two rebounds and passing out five assists for the contest.
So far the home team has won each game in the series and while Toronto will be comfortable with their home form, they no doubt would prefer to get things over and progress to the second round.
One of Toronto's more impressive feats this season was to not lose three consecutive games in a row. That has continued in the postseason and Toronto is now 5-0 after losing two back-to-back games.
John Wall led the way for the Wizards in defeat, as the 27-year old point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina had a team high 26 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out nine assists for the game. Up by a single point entering the 4th quarter Toronto outscored the Wizards by nine points in the final frame and eased to the 10 point triumph.
The Golden State Warriors are 10/19 to win the NBA Championship while the Raptors are priced at 4999/1.
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