Toronto fans can breathe again after Raptors avert near-disaster

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan battles with the Nets' Deron Williams in Toronto's 115-113 win in Game 5 on...

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan battles with the Nets' Deron Williams in Toronto's 115-113 win in Game 5 on Wednesday night. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto, you can exhale now.

This wasn’t Boston and Game 7. This wasn’t the disaster it could have been. This wasn’t the story of how a playoff series was won, then lost, then lost again, then won: And it’s basically impossible to explain everything.

Because it would take a book and maybe a documentary afterward to fully understand all that happened in the fourth quarter of the Raptors’ inexplicable, almost-blown, breathtaking, shocking 115-113 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their NBA playoff series.

This was a game to remember and a game to forget, all packaged in one NBA playoff night. Coach Dwane Casey will be thrilled with the result, thrilled with the first three quarters, thrilled to be leading 3-2 and probably soaked in perspiration because of the uncertainty of the fourth quarter.


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