Toronto led by six early, but allowed the Wizards another strong close to a quarter, to give Washington a one-point, 24-23 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
The simplest reason the Wizards lost Game 5 is they took some bad shots in the fourth quarter, in which they led by five with just under nine minutes left, by hoisting up one forced 3-pointer after another.
"I think we did a great job of not just letting [DeRozan] bring the ball up", Wright said.
Neither team could separate from the other through three quarters as Toronto held a slim 1-point lead, but in the fourth quarter the Raptors opened it up behind the unlikeliest of duos. Delon Wright (18 points, five assists) and Jonas Valanciunas (14 points, 13 rebounds) served as Toronto's fourth-quarter spark-plugs. "Everybody stepped up, and Delon stepped up big".
Cleveland outscored IN 32-17 IN the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed 7 turnovers.
Wall, as he's done throughout the series, led the Wizards, this time flirting with a triple-double, perhaps even a dubious quadruple-double when one takes into account his seven-turnover night.
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The Raps took a narrow 79-78 lead into the final quarter. Toronto was killed on the glass, out-rebounded 50-35. This Wizards team is better than that Bucks squad.
Washington held a five-point lead with just under nine minutes to play in the final frame but they relinquished this and ultimately fell to a third consecutive defeat at the Air Canada Centre in this series.
"He's a tough cover", Casey said. "He's been more aggressive offensively, which we need him to do".
"Every game is a different game".
The white-clad Raptors fans stayed on their feet as Wright first hit a three, then scored on a layup on Toronto's next trip down the floor, putting the Raptors up by six with 2:58 to play.
But Wright's 18 points and five rebounds in a 108-98 win earned him a spot in a late-night news conference and a shout-out from head coach Dwane Casey, who mentioned Wright unprompted when he met with reporters.
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Washington didn't score again until Beal's three with 16 seconds left. "They just made some bigger shots and big momentum plays down the stretch that really hurt us in the fourth".
Neither team has won on the other's floor. VanVleet has played fewer than three minutes in the series, all in Game 2.
Casey said the losses were uncharacteristic of how the Raptors have played on the road this season. The Raptors are very unsafe offensively and they averaged 111.7 points in the regular season, good for fourth in the National Basketball Association.
The night began with a moment of silence for the victims of Monday's Toronto tragedy, when a van intentionally drove into a crowd of people in a busy city intersection.
Miles would go 2-for-7 from three-point-land, rolling for eight points, and providing reliable end-of-game defence.
The Wizards run leaked into the beginning of the second. The Raptors as a team had 26 assists, compared to 21 for the Wizards. 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. The result was the Wizards' best defensive game overall, as the Raptors scored a series-low 98 points.
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Both teams are familiar with playoff disappointment, but the Capitals also seemed to benefit from the experience of playoffs past. You don't know how it is going to go. "You have to stay in the net because you never know what's going to happen out there".