National Basketball Association roundup: DeRozan scores 32 points, Raptors beat Wizards in Game 5

Wizards forward Porter Jr. to miss rest of series vs. Raptors

Delon Wright made a number of massive plays late in the fourth quarter, contributing 18 points, including a three-pointer that eventually led to an onslaught in the final minutes.

The Toronto Raptors played dazzling defense in their big 108-98 game five home win on Wednesday night.

The only team in the National Basketball Association to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year's second-round sweep against Cleveland.

Wall had 26 points, and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards.

Washington point guard John Wall scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out nine assists.

Wall connected on 10-of-21 shots but missed all four of his attempts from three-point range.

"Jose has been steady for us all year", Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue said.

DeRozan is averaging 28.8 points through five games against the Raptors.

With the team heading back to Capital One Arena for Game 6 on Friday, having the global ambassador on hand to cheer at courtside, and to awkwardly intercept players on their way back to the bench, couldn't hurt.

The one good news to emerge from Game 5 was the plus-15 rebounding edge. He had six shots on 2-of-8 shooting in Game 3 and seven points on 3-of-7 shooting in Game 4.

Washington's John Wall reacts after missing a shot during Game 5 on Wednesday. Last Sunday when Beal fouled out with the score tied at the 4:58 mark, the team outscored Toronto 12-4 until the final seconds.

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"As much as we can, we just have to try to continue to move the ball, be aggressive, and don't get stagnant".

The Wizards clobbered Toronto 122-103 in Game 3, then came from behind to beat the Raptors 106-98 in Game 4 to even the series, and force a Game 6.

"We just played hard, man", Miles said.

Casey said the losses were uncharacteristic of how the Raptors have played on the road this season. Toronto led for a majority of the game, with Washington seemingly a possession or two behind, ready to strike. Washington is also unlikely to shoot just 19-percent from beyond the arc for a second consecutive game. "We've got to shoot more threes, we've got to play faster, but we've also got to be disciplined in knowing what the gameplan is, and we've got to stick with the gameplan".

"We've got to go out there and play our game", Kyle Lowry said after the Game 5 win.

Raptors players lineup behind a #Torontostrong banner during a moment of silence held before tipoff for those who died in Monday's horrific van attack in Toronto that left 10 dead, and 14 injured.

Up until that point, the duo were going toe-to-toe with Toronto's guard combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry and giving them a tough time on the offensive end.

The Wizards led by five early in the second, but the Raptors responded with a 18-6 run to go ahead by seven.

The Wizards are down but not out in their opening-round series with the Raptors, even though Washington's margin for error has been reduced from slim to none. Beal and Porter hit late jumpers, helping Washington trim to Raptors lead to 48-47 at halftime.

Keeping the pace: Things didn't loosen up for either team in the third, with both teams scoring 31 points, the Wizards on 61 percent shooting, the Raptors on 55 percent shooting.

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