Can the Raptors control their destiny and win Game 5?

The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets headed into the 4th quarter all tied up in game 4 of their first round playoff series. With about 6 minutes left in the game, Brooklyn was up by 4 (77-73) and looked like they had the game under control but then the Raptors roared back as they forced the Nets to 6 turnovers in the 4th. DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson, who played tremendous defense, forced two charges late in the game.

Kyle Lowry, the man who has done it all year long, finished the game with 1:13 remaining by hitting a huge shot over Kevin Garnett which catapulted the Raptors to a  (87-79) win giving them their first road playoff win since 2001. DeRozan finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, while Lowry “Mr.Clutch” added 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Brooklyn fans starting to leave the arena before the game was over, but in Toronto outside of the Air Canada Center (ACC) everyone was celebrating and DeMar shushing the crowd in Brooklyn was priceless.

Amir Johnson spoke to the media Tuesday and stated the following:

 “When people doubt us? That’s what we want.”

That’s exactly what we want! Raptors are probably the biggest underdogs in this season’s playoffs and people are doubting Toronto which gives them a huge reason to succeed and beat this veteran Nets team. The Raptors need to come out strong in game 5 and not feel comfortable like the Nets did early in game 4. Big games from both DeMar & Lowry will be expected if the Raptors are to become victorious.

The Miami Heat have just sweeped the Charlotte Bobcats and will be watching on their future 2nd round match-up…..the winner of the Raptors and Nets.  The Raptors will come out with all they have in game 5 but will it be enough to stop this Nets team? We will all need to watch, Wednesday at 7:30, to see if this Raptors team can pull off a win in game 5 to take a commanding 3-2 lead in the series. 

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