DeMar DeRozan ties career playoff high in Raptors Game 5 win over Heat
The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat entered Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals with the series tied at 2-2. But, thanks in large part to DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors would come out on top at home to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to Miami.
After suffering through shooting woes for most of the playoffs thus far, DeRozan had a career game on Wednesday night. In 34 minutes, DeRozan scored 34 points including shooting 11-of-11 from the free throw line. The 34 points ties a playoff career high do DeMar.
While DeMar led all players in scoring, Kyle Lowry did his part by playing a game-high 41 minutes and scoring 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
The Raptors now face the tough task of beating the Heat at home if they want to win in six and not risk losing in the semifinals on their home court. But if DeRozan has truly found his stroke again, the Heat may not be making it back to Toronto.