After three overtimes in four games, the Toronto Raptors cruised to a relatively comfortable win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series Wednesday, leading 28-18 after the first quarter, 75-62 after the third, and ultimately winning, 99-91.
Of course, the Raptors still had to overcome Dwyane Wade, who scored a team-high 20 points, and the Miami bench, which scored 43.
“Nobody said it was going to be easy,” Raptors center Bismack Biyombo said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Thank God we got the win, but more than anything, it’s just us being focused, staying focused, keeping our composure and going to Miami with the right mindset to close the series out. Tonight, everybody came and we played defensively as a team and offensively as a team and I think that was the key to our success tonight. But now we have to regroup, learn from our mistakes and try to go to Miami and get it done.”
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who entered the game shooting 35 percent in the series, both played their best game in weeks. DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line, while Lowry had a great all-around game, finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block.
Lowry and DeRozan combined to shoot 20-47 (42.6 percent) from the floor – still not great, but a vast improvement over previous games. They also shot 5-of-10 from downtown, with Lowry going 4-of-9 and DeRozan making his only attempt from beyond the arc.
“They were incredible,” said Biyombo, who had 10 points, four blocks and two steals. “People can say as much as they want about Kyle and DeMar, but we can’t be ungrateful to these guys. These guys have got us to the level where we are right now and it would be not right for what people are saying nowadays. (Injuries) happened at the wrong time. DeMar is dealing with his thumb situation, Kyle has been dealing with his elbow – there’s no excuse for that, but at the same time, you got to believe in those guys. They’e All-Stars for a reason. They’re going to show up and I have no doubt. I’ll go through any war with them and I believe in them just as much as they believe in the rest of the team. So they come out tonight, they do what they do, and I always believe in those guys. Going down there, I’m sure they will do what they do and they will help us win the game again.”
Game 6 is Friday in Miami at 8 p.m. ET.