Posted on May 02 2016
Since 2001, the Toronto Raptors have faced playoff disappointment, never having the opportunity to make it to the second round — until now. Last evening, after a thrilling game seven on Toronto home court, the Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 — changing Raptors franchise history forever.
This marks the team’s second shot at a round two appearance in Toronto’s 21-year franchise history. The last time they had this opportunity Vince Carter was leading the Raptors. But after years of being the underdog, the Raptors have come up on top and are now proceeding to the next round.
Taking an impressive 78-64 advantage heading into the fourth quarter should have been enough, but with 2:36 left to play, the Pacers had an unexpected comeback and came within three points of the Raptors after Monta Ellis nailed a three-pointer — you could just feel the tension in the air as his shot sank through the net, the idea of a round two appearance becoming a distant memory for Raptors fans.
A pair of Paul George free throws made it a three-point game with 53 seconds left to play, but thankfully DeMar DeRozan grabbed a huge steal off George on the Pacers' next possession and calmly sunk two free throws with 6.5 seconds to play to secure the Raptors much deserved victory.
The Air Canada Centre hasn’t been full of that much energy and passion in years, which was evident from the crowd of 20,669 that included Drake, Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban, and Blue Jays Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Marcus Stroman. The Raptors will be taking on Miami Heat next in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 1 on Tuesday in Toronto.
And in honour of the Raptors incredible triumph over the Pacers, the Yo Sox team is all wearing a pair of our awesome socks in our basketball pattern today. If you want to join us as we cheer on the Raptors during round two, make sure to grab your own pair of awesome socks from our online store www.Yo-Sox.ca.