Raptors Squeak out win in Game 5, Put Nets on the Ropes

The Canadian Press
Kyle Lowry bailed out the Raptors again and again in this game as the Toronto Raptors blew a 26 point lead in the 4th quarter only to squeak out a win in game 5 of their Eastern Conference match up. Lowry scored a career playoff high 36 points in the win, hitting a huge 3 late in the game and the Toronto Raptors held on for a 115-113 win.

Joe Johnson had 30 points for the Nets and Mirza Teletovic had 17. The Nets scored 44 points in the 4th quarter but it was not enough to recover from an awful first half. They had a shot to go ahead as Andre
Blatche rebounded what seemed to be an intentionally missed free throw. He passed it back to Deron Williams, but it was called a back court violation and that all but sealed the victory for the Raptors.

Who was pressuring Blatche on that play? None other than Lowry. ''Shaun (Livingston) made a great play to keep the ball alive,'' Blatche said. ''I tried to get the ball out to so he could get the 3 and take the game home. (Lowry) ran out and was forcing me to make a tougher pass and I threw it in the back court.''

A controversial play by Jonas Valanciunus as he goal tended the shot from the back court, but a whistle was blown for the back court violation that negated that call.  Now, the Nets face elimination. The most expensive team ever assembled could be on their way out of the playoffs in round 1 against a youthful up and coming group of players. 'We've just got to play with a sense of urgency, We have to now. If we lose, we're done.'' Williams said.

Coach Casey was more negative than upbeat after this game, wondering why and how the team could give up 44 points in 12 minutes. 'Every mistake you could think about, we made in the fourth quarter,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

The Canadian Press
Toronto led 94-72 after a Vasquez 3 pointer, but the Nets would go on a 15-3 run including an Alan Anderson 4 point play, the 3rd four point play the Nets were gifted in the game. Johnson converted a 3 point play the old fashioned way, but again Lowry answered with free throws, another 3 for the Raptors and they were up 5. Free throws by Blatche, a 3 by Teletovic tied it. But again Lowry hit a 3.

Blatche responded and Lowry responded right back with a hook shot. putting the Raptors up again. Johnson missed a jumper and DeMar DeRozan was fouled on the rebound and made 2 free throws to put them up 5. But Anderson was fouled by Amir Johnson for a 4 point play that cut the lead to 1. DeRozan then hit 2 free throws after a timeout. Then Blatche was fouled and missed the 2nd free throw and threw it in the back court to seal the loss.

Raptors head back to Brooklyn for game 6, and could potentially wrap up the series with a win and look to face Miami in the second round. Game 6 is Friday.

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