With the 115-96 Game 5 win, Toronto is moving on to the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. And you know what? It was an entirely stress-free experience. Nothing, not the Drake Curse, not Andrew Scheer’s bloated face, not even an apparent injury to Kyle Lowry (he’s fine!), was going to dissuade Toronto from running wild on the Orlando Magic in Game 5. After a personal 9-1 run from Lowry to open the scoring, there was just no way the Raptors were going back to Orlando. They won out over the Magic going away, 115-96, and are through to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with their first ever 4-1 series win.
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate that outcome. In their history, the Raptors have never had an easy time winning a playoff series. Yes, they won two in six games the past two years, but both of them had way more stress than they deserved. Last season they were the freakin’ 8-seed and somehow ended up in a strange dogfight with the imploding Wizards. The year before they gave up a 20-plus point lead to the Bucks and almost blew it entirely. When they were the higher seed …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ