Kyle Lowry scored 36 points to help the Toronto Raptors squeak by the Brooklyn Nets, 115-113. The Raptors shot lights out, finishing 37-77 (48.1%) from the field, including 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc. The first round matchup now stands at 3-2.
Lowry shot 11-19 from the field (6-9 from three-point range) and 8-10 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Other top performers for Toronto were DeMar DeRozan with 23 points and six rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas with 16 points and six rebounds, and Greivis Vasquez with 15 points and six rebounds. The Raptors withstood another big game from Joe Johnson, who put up 30 points on 13-23 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc. Deron Williams contributed 13 points and nine assists.
Not only did Toronto win the battle on the backboards in Game 5, but they've also controlled the glass in the series. The Raptors have corralled 28.6% of available offensive rebounds as well as 79.5% of possible defensive rebounds. On the other side, Brooklyn has dominated the turnover battle in this series. They've lost the ball on 12.9% of their possessions compared to 16.3% for the Raptors. The Raptors combined their eFG% of 55.8% with 46.2% shooting from behind the arc. As a comparison, they were 8-1 during the regular season when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Nets, on the other hand, were 2-11 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Toronto takes momentum from this win and a 3-2 series lead on the road to New York City, where the Nets will attempt to get on track in front of the home crowd.