Wall: 'We love our chances' at forcing Game 7

Wall greets fans after Game 4

The Raptors introduced a wrinkle even to that strategy by encouraging their big men to meet Wall closer to the point of attack rather than dropping back and yielding him large swaths of the paint. The 11-year veteran point guard has nailed a combined 12 three-pointers in his last three games, and he is scoring an average of 15.5 points to go with 8.8 assists in this series. The all-star shooting guard launched a trio of deep attempts, making one futile three-pointer well after the result of Game 5 had been determined. That's up considerably from his 22.5-point career playoff average. He shot 12-for-24 from the field and even made three of his four shots from three. The Wizards had nine offensive rebounds in the first half, compared to two for Toronto.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 25 points down in the second half to fight off elimination and beat the Utah Jazz. The Wizards remain ultra-confident heading home, though, where they have won eight straight playoff games. "He got it going early". With the shot clock winding down, Wright caught the ball in stride a good four feet behind the 3-point line. "Again, we took the shots that we normally take, and there's nothing abnormal about it". Both finished with five fouls, and Oklahoma City was able to get to the basket consistently for the first time in the series.

Toronto did respond in Game 5 and it's now Washington's turn to step up in Game 6 or face the off-season speculation that is certain to swirl around the franchise. Though DeRozan is hitting an impressive 66.7 percent from 5-to-9 feet, up from his season clip of 47.6, his numbers are down from further out. They allowed an average of 106 points in regular season play, positioning them 15th in the National Basketball Association. Kelly Oubre 1-for-7 from long range. "We need to get some more ball movement". It was great to have them behind us, that's what you play all year for, to have that this time of year, in a situation like tonight.

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Go back to Game 4 and the Raptors were essentially saying the same thing. DeRozan had 35 points, but required 29 shots from the field and 18 free throws to get there. The result was the Wizards' best defensive game overall, as the Raptors scored a series-low 98 points.

This topsy-turvy series will now return to Washington for a huge game six on Friday night. Valanciunas, who made his first fourth-quarter appearance of the series, had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Raptors chose to stick with their veteran big man down the stretch and it paid major dividends as Valanciunas had six points in the fourth quarter, but more importantly it was his presence in the paint on both ends that was the key as he had some big rebounds and even made some plays in pick-and-roll defense (not known as his strong suit) in crunch time. "I thought Delon Wright did a good job down the stretch, handling the ball, gave us an opportunity for Kyle and DeMar to get off the ball a little bit more, and I thought that was the difference". As they head to Washington for a chance to close out the Wizards, the question remains: Can they make it their new normal?

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