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Raptors defeat Heat in overtime of Game 2 to even series

Raptors defeat Heat in overtime of Game 2 to even series

Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) picks up a charging foul on a drive against Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the first half.

(Frank Gunn / Associated Press)

DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat, 96-92, in overtime on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

Valanciunas had 11 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Raptors avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Kyle Lowry had 18 and Terrence Ross 10 for Toronto, which battled back late in the fourth quarter to force the second overtime of the series, then shut the Heat down to start it.

Goran Dragic scored 20 while Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson each had 17 for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Luol Deng had 12 points.

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The Heat led 77-70 midway through the fourth, but back-to-back baskets by Valanciunas shaved the gap to 80-78 with 3:18 remaining. Ross tied it with a jumper at 2:01.

DeRozan missed a pair of free throws with 1:22 remaining but Valanciunas grabbed the rebound on the second and tipped it home to give Toronto an 82-80 lead. After a missed shot by Wade, Lowry hit a pull-up jumper with 45 seconds left, giving the Raptors a four-point cushion.

Wade cut it to one with a three-pointer but Lowry replied with another jumper with 14.9 seconds left, putting Toronto up 86-83. After a Miami timeout, Dragic tied the score with a three-pointer with 10.5 seconds left.

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Lowry, whose halfcourt shot sent Game 1 to overtime, got the last attempt for the Raptors but couldn’t hit the rim with a long 3-point attempt.

The Heat went cold in overtime, missing their first five field goal attempts, including three misses by Johnson. DeRozan and Valanciunas connected and Carroll made a pair at the line before Miami’s first basket of overtime, a driving dunk by Deng with 23 seconds left.

Miami matched a franchise postseason record with 11 turnovers in the first, leading to 14 Toronto points.

The Raptors led 48-41 at halftime.


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