Heat hold off Raptors to win Game Four, tie series
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade scored 30 points as the Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in overtime on Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series 2-2.Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is We...
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 30 points as the Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in overtime on Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series 2-2.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday at Toronto.
Miami’s overtime effort was led by Justise Winslow’s tip-in basket, Joe Johnson’s two blocked shots, a layup by Goran Dragic and a steal and dunk by Wade.
In a low-scoring game, the offensive futility was symbolized by a Wade shot in overtime than got stuck on the rim, resulting in a jump ball.
The Raptors had a chance to win the game in regulation. But Cory Joseph missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer. In the previous possession, Wade drove to the basket and tied the score with 12.6 seconds left.
Toronto got scoring from some unexpected sources - 14 points each from DeMarre Carroll and Joseph. In addition, emergency starter Bismack Biyombo, who replaced injured center Jonas Valanciunas, had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
But Toronto’s starting guards were largely ineffective. Kyle Lowry had 10 points, and DeMar DeRozan, who was playing with a jammed right thumb, had nine points. Lowry fouled out with 1:58 left in the fourth quarter after he was called for an offensive infraction, hooking the defender with his off hand.
Miami got off to a hot start, shooting 55.6 percent and taking a 25-21 lead in the first quarter. Toronto shot just 36.8 percent.