Four quarters was not enough time yet again for the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors. But this time, the Raptors took advantage of the extra period, winning by a final score of 96-92. The first quarter saw the Raptors jump out on top after 11 turnovers by the Heat. Despite the carelessness by Miami, they still only found themselves down 10 after the first and seven going into the break.
In the second half Goran Dragic had to early with foul trouble but the Heat still found a way to battle back. A 3-pointer by Dwyane Wade and another by Dragic tied the game up at 86 and sent the game to overtime. Miami’s offense struggled early and could not dig themselves out of yet another hole.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan played better then they have of late but it still wasn’t pretty. They combined for 28 points but shot right around 35% from the field.
With Lowry and DeRozan struggling on the offensive end it was Carroll that carried the offensive efficiency. He dropped 21 points on 7-13 shooting including 3-6 from three. He also five rebounds and four steals to his solid night. The biggest knock on Carroll was that he left Tragic wide open on his game-tying shot at the end of regulation but the Raptors still pulled out the win.
Valanciunas was a force on the blocks. He and Hassan Whiteside battled all night long and he was able to get Whiteside into foul trouble in the second half. Along with creating fouls he also finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, six on each end.
Dragic was in foul trouble but he still was the biggest piece for Miami. He paced them throughout the first half and kept them in the game while the other Heat stars were still trying to find their rhythm, specifically Wade. At the end of the night Tragic finished with 20 points and four assists but also had four turnovers early in the game.
What it means
Toronto was able to get a must needed win to even the series at one game a piece. Despite being tied, they will still have to try to steal a game in Miami to avoid coming back home down 3-1. Lowry and DeRozan can not expect to continue winning shooting this poorly. Had it not been for an abysmal first quarter, taking care of the ball for Miami this could have been a completely different game. There is no reason for the Raptors to not be spreading the shots around with their two All-Stars playing at such a poor level.
The series will move to South Beach for Game 3 on May 7th. Game time is scheduled for 5pm EST and can be seen on ESPN.