Raptors rally past Wizards to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference semis

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The Toronto Raptors punched their ticket to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs for the third straight season on Friday with a 102-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.

With Otto Porter Jr. out after having a procedure on his injured left leg, Wall and Beal poured in a combined 55 points, but the eighth-seeded Wizards fell to the top-seeded Toronto Raptors 102-92 in Game 6 on Friday night.

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and Oklahoma City rallied from 25 points down in the second half to fight off elimination and beat Utah. Plus Morris got away with shoving a ref twice in this series and with going right to the Raptors bench and jabbing a finger in the face of OG Anunoby. Washington didn't score again until Beal's 3 with 16 seconds left. Tonight, our bench did a great job. But two minutes later, the speedy Wall had the ball stolen by Valanciunas, a lumbering big man by comparison, and DeRozan finished the play with an emphatic dunk, bringing the fans to their feet with a roar. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.

"But that's how our team is built".

The Raptors, though, weathered that poor start and played their way back into the game thanks in large part to the return of VanVleet, who has been out with a shoulder injury suffered in the last game of the regular season.

Raptors stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry admitted coach Dwane Casey's philosophy of riding his bench this season took some getting used to.

John Wall led the Wizards with 26 points, while Bradley Beal added 20.

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The Cavaliers tried to mount a comeback, but the Pacers just kept extending the lead thanks to Oladipo's spectacular play. The Raptors trailed by 53-50 at half; they were 0-23 in playoff games where they trailed at the half before today. "A lot of us know Ty, just from playing against him, so it wasn't nothing to get him acquainted with everybody". The 28-year old shooting guard has been inconsistent at times in this series, and he is averaging 28.8 points on 45.2% shooting through five games.

The home team had won every game in this series coming into Game 6. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 32 points with five assists, Delon Wright added 18 points off the bench, Kyle Lowry scored 17 points with 10 assists while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

They will get a chance to advance to the next round with a win in Sunday's winner-take-all showdown in Cleveland. "That's just kinda the person I am, the player I am, on the road, hostile environment".

The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.

The first 5:45 of the fourth quarter, the Raptors bench outscored the Wizards mix of starters and bench players, 15-7.

James led the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs with 22 points and seven assists.

Wright had no explanation for why he gave up shots in the fourth quarter of Game 4. He looked exhausted during a fourth quarter in which the rest of Wizards' offense scored only 14 points. Lawson had six points and no assists in 19 minutes of play and for the series he averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists.

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