Raptors avoid epic collapse, push Nets to the brink of elimination

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry reacts making a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 5...

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry reacts making a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, April 30, 2014. (JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI/USA Today)

Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry was scoring. Deron Williams wasn’t.

DeMar DeRozan was getting to the line. Joe Johnson was putting him there or at last accumulating fouls of his own accord.

Even the concern areas – early foul trouble for Jonas Valanciunas – turned into positives as Patrick Patterson came in and promptly became king of the boards pulling down six rebounds in short order.

Best of all from a Toronto perspective, Lowry was being Lowry and filling the basket at will.

But when Terrence Ross hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds to go in the second quarter, even the biggest pessimist had to be thinking this really was the Toronto Raptors’ night.

Oh it turned out that way all right, just not with the cushion anyone expected the way the night was going.

The Raptors would need Kyle Lowry again down the stretch to ensure a 115-113 win against the Brooklyn Nets and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

As much as it looked like it was over at about the midway point of the third quarter, things were far from done.


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