Belinelli is averaging 16.6 points in the playoffs, while Ilyasova is putting up 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds, including three of his five career 10-rebound games. As the second half wore on, Washington's shooting cooled off, allowing the Raptors to escape to the break trailing by just three, 53-50.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards would have thought that they were in control of the series after back-to-back wins at home, but they're now in danger of getting eliminated after letting one slip in Game 5.
The Raptors are headed to the second round, but their opponent has yet to be determined. But Toronto was intent on preventing a Game 7. It had spent all season running a movement-oriented system that naturally counters this.
The home team has won every game so far, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Raptors changed that with a series-clinching win here. Washington acknowledged that, playing against these Raptors, the danger is not that Lowry and DeRozan might catch fire. It's what you play for.
Center Jonas Valanciunas played fourth-quarter minutes for the first time all series alongside Delon Wright, Kyle Lowry, DeRozan and C.J. The Raptors were 0-23 in playoff games on the road in which they trailed at the half. George had just five points and Anthony seven on Friday.
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Injury issues had kept VanVleet out of the game for all but three minutes during the series prior to Game Six.
The Raptors were very sharp both offensively and defensively in game five, however they can not surrender 50 rebounds again in this one. He missed the shot, and he sprinted down the other end of the floor to commit an ill-advised foul on Kyle Lowry.
Wright had no explanation for why he gave up shots in the fourth quarter of Game 4.
The guard, a 2009 first-round draft pick, is averaging 5.8 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 19 minutes per game, and he's made a total of only three turnovers for the Wizards. "He just controls the tempo", said Siakam. He then congratulated Raptors Coach Dwane Casey and called him the "Coach of the Year". Against Washington, Casey stuck to his guns, even giving Lucas Nogueira and Lorenzo Brown some meaningful playoff run.
In Game 6, Wall played 40 minutes and Beal played 43.
Rain will take a break into Thursday
With a few passing clouds tonight light sprinkles are possible as overnight lows drop back into the low to mid 40s by morning. The rain will subside by Thursday and will again warm to the mid 60s for another sunny day near the end of the week.
The Washington Wizards 2017-18 season is over. This was evident in all eight of Raptors' offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter.
The return of VanVleet instantly settled Toronto's second unit down, led to good decisions and clean looks, including a couple lobs. Depth might matter less in the playoffs, but it always matters, both in terms of lineup flexibility and being able to win a war of attrition.
Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 in Washington to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington for Game 6 on Friday night.
But with Wall, Beal and Otto Porter Jr. locked into huge long-term contracts, they have little cap space to work with to pursue any top free agents and could struggle to make significant moves unless they potentially choose to trade one of that trio.
The Cavaliers tried to mount a comeback, but the Pacers just kept extending the lead thanks to Oladipo's spectacular play.
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Despite his pleading, Melo did not return to action until the 7:58 mark of the fourth quarter - OKC leading 88-87 at the time. He got to the line and was dishing out assists as the Thunder knotted the game at 78 by the end of the third.