It was about as thorough a dismantling as we’ve seen all season from the Raptors — and it came without Kawhi Leonard going full superhero. The end result: an easy 125-89 Game 5 win and 3-2 series lead for Toronto. The Raptors have often conspired with their playoff opponents to turn each series into what can charitably be described as a rock fight. Hard-scrabble play, messy execution, a lot of missed shots — Toronto has seen some ugly post-season basketball over the past few years. It’s what made this series with the Philadelphia 76ers so frustrating to watch after Game 1. We knew this iteration of the Raptors could be better.
In Game 5, we got the good version once again, and then some. After a seesaw first quarter, the Raptors began to assert themselves, blowing a close game wide open by outscoring the Sixers by 20 in the second (37-17), and never really looking back. The final score, 125-89 for Toronto, was both indicative of what these Raptors can do — and a huge sigh of relief. They managed to turn a rock fight into a game of rock-paper-scissors, guessing easily and correctly at every turn. “I was certainly not expecting that kind of …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ