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Game 5 of the Raptors and Pacers had to have been the best game of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs so far. The Pacers and Paul George had sucked the life out of the ACC and looked like they were taking this series home with a 3-2 lead. Down 90-77 at the star of the fourth, the Raptors buckled down defensively and found a rhythm offensively, eventually tying the game at 92 with six minutes to go.
From there on it was shot-for-shot war that came down to the final possession. DeMar DeRozan hit two clutch free throws to give the Raps a 102-99 lead with 2.5 seconds remaining, however, Solomon Hill splashed what would have been the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer had he released it .2 seconds earlier. When the final score came up on the jumbo-tron, the fans eruption almost blew the roof off the ACC.
George was dominant in this one finishing the game with 39 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, but DeRozan turned in the performance Raps fans had been waiting for as he dropped 34 clutch points to lead his squad to a 3-2 series lead.