Thursday, May 5, 2016

Raptors Hold Down Heat In Game 2

     The Miami Heat fell to the Toronto Raptors 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre in Game 2. The series is now tied at one game apiece and both teams will meet again in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday in Miami.
     The Heat started off on a 12-6 spurt in four minutes in and then their lead disappeared. The Raptors followed with a 23-7 run, had their largest margin of the series at that point of 12 points and led 29-19 after one quarter. Toronto remained on top at the end of the first half 48-41. Miami rebounded early in the second half and led 65-63 after three quarters.
     The Raptors trailed 80-74 with 4:05 left in the fourth quarter and then they scored ten unanswered points to jump out to a 84-80 lead. Dwyane Wade hit a three-point shot from the top of the arc with 37.7 seconds to stop the run and get the Heat behind 84-83. Kyle Lowry nailed a 14-foot field goal to extend the Raptors margin to three points with 14.9 seconds to go. Goran Dragic tied the game 86-86 on a three-pointer from the right side with 10.5 seconds remaining and moved the contest to overtime.
     Toronto scored the initial six points in the first four minutes of overtime and never looked back. Miami was held to no points until the final minute of the extra quarter. Luol Deng put in a slam dunk with 23.5 seconds left to end the Raptors 6-0 run.

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