Raptors Lead Series 3-2
When his team needed him most, Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan came through, big time.
DeRozan poured in 34 points and paced a frantic Raptors comeback Tuesday night as they downed the Indian Pacers 102-99 at the Air Canada Centre and grabbed a 3-2 lead in their best-of-7 first-round NBA playoff match-up.
It was a tense affair where the Raps actually trailed by a whopping 17 points, but they finally came alive in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pacers 25-9. In fact, Toronto didn't have the lead until DeRozan popped a three-pointer with a little over four minutes left in the contest.
And it wasn't over until a video replay confirmed Indiana's Solomon Hill's last-second three-pointer - which would have tied the game with no time left on the clock - didn't count because he let it go just a fraction of a second too late.
With the nail-biting victory, the Raptors can now close out the series Friday night in Indiana, where they are 1-1 so far in the playoffs after losing Game 4 badly, 100-83.
Raptors fans are no doubt hoping DeRozan has found his form after being very inconsistent through the first four contests. Suffice it to say, the Raptors need him to be at his best if they hope to knock off the plucky Pacers, who, as usual, were paced by Paul George in Game 5 with his game-high 39 points. Fortunately for Toronto, they found a way to shut down George in the final quarter, allowing him to score just two points.
Another key for the Raptors was cutting down on their turnovers. They gave away the ball just seven times in Game 5, a vast improvement from the 19 turnovers they committed in Game 4.
Raptors vs Pacers Game 5 Video Recap
Raptors/Pacers First Round Playoff Series Summary & Schedule
- Game 1: Indiana 100 Toronto 90
- Game 2: Toronto 98 Indiana 87
- Game 3: Toronto 101 Indiana 85
- Game 4: Indiana 100 Toronto 83
- Game 5: Toronto 102 Indiana 99
- Game 6: Toronto at Indiana, Fri, April 29 (TBD)
- Game 7: Indiana at Toronto, Sun., May 1 (TBD)
Raptors Top-5 Playoff Scoring Leaders (through five games)
- DeMar DeRozan 17.4 PPG
- Kyle Lowry 15.2 PPG
- Jonas Valanciunas 14.2 PPG
- Cory Joseph 10.4 PPG
- Patrick Patterson 9.0 PPG