Toronto Raptors Avoid Collapse, Win Game 5 to Grab 3-2 Series Lead Over Brooklyn Nets

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By James Patrick Quizon | May 1, 2014 1:37 PM EST

The Toronto Raptors averted a near-collapse after holding off the charging Brooklyn Nets late in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Canadian team won the close affair, 115-113 on Wednesday.

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Kyle Lowry top-scored with a playoff-career high 36 points and added 6 assists to lead five Raptors in double-figure scoring. Lowry saved the Raptors in this one after hitting a clutch three-pointer with to go.

Brooklyn was poised to steal the game after storming back from 26-point deficit led by Joe Johnson, who finished with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. DeMar Derozan had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals while Jonas Valanciunas ended up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Raptors, who has a chance to close out the Nets in Brooklyn in Game 6 on Friday.

View the slideshow for more images from Game 5 of the Brooklyn-Toronto game.

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