Raptors eliminate Wizards with 102-92 win in Game 6

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DeMar DeRozan (left) and the Toronto Raptors have overcome the Washington Wizards to advance in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

For a team that had been 0-23 when trailing at half-time in road playoff games, the Toronto Raptors sure went about ending that drought and advancing in the playoffs in an usual way.

With a dominant fourth-quarter surge, the top-seeded Raptors defeated the No. 8 seed Washington Wizards 102-92 Friday night to win the series 4-2. He led the team in scoring with 24 and added six points and six boards. With Fred VanVleet injured through the first 5 games, the bench has not had the same impact and has dropped a plus/minus of -3.8. A tired John Wall, who scored 32 points, and Beal (23), on the other hand, played 86 minutes between them. Raptors coach Dwane Casey however said his presence was key. He is kind of the engine, the toughness.

The Jazz will square off against the Houston Rockets in the first game of their series on Sunday. But the Wizards' run of eight home playoff wins in a row came to a close. This time they did so in front of Washington's deafening "DC Family", who bellowed to the rafters and waved "Rep the District" rally towels.

The Raptors, finally, look comfortable with themselves.

"I blame myself for a lot of mistakes, for a lot of forced shots late in the game", DeRozan explained after watching film at the BioSteel Centre on Monday morning.

John Wall and the Washington Wizards were confident ahead of a must-win Game 6. Oubre made 11 starts during the regular season, averaging 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 threes in 32.7 minutes of action per game. Still Toronto had shot just five three-pointers, couldn't get to the free throw line and couldn't manage to snag the lead.

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However, the odds were certainly not in Toronto's favor after being down 53-50 at the half. The bench combined for 20 points compared to 34 for Toronto. Wall shot just 33 percent (10-of-30), while Beal made only 26.9 percent of his attempts in the fourth.

Despite another record-setting regular season performance, Toronto has done little to silence the narrative nightmares that continue creeping into the dreams of fans.

"We just played hard, man", Miles said. "The thought that if we don't play well this will be my last game of the year, that will probably hit my mind".

"I don't know what to expect, I'm sure we'll get him in, and see how he goes", Casey said.

Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. will miss the rest of the team's first-round playoff series with the Toronto Raptors because of a leg injury. Then the DC family flooded to the exits in droves. But the Wizards were not able to mount a serious threat as they were outscored 29-14 in the quarter.

LeBron James finished with 22 points, but no other Cavalier had more than 13. On any given night, our bench can do that.

"Being in the situation before where we fall short in certain situations, most importantly, me and Beal just keep getting better and improving our game and improving our conditioning and all the types of things that we can prepare ourselves for a long season. He just controls the tempo", said Siakam.

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