Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Raptors win in OT, tie playoff series

TORONTO — DeMarre Carroll scored 21, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the 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, Kyle Lowry had 18 and Terrence Ross 10 for Toronto, which battled back late in the fourth.

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

BARKLEY CRITICAL OF CAVS: One day after the greatest 3-point shooting performance in NBA history, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was critical of Charles Barkley's postgame comments and defended shooting 3s long after the game was decided.

The Cavs set an NBA record by making 25 3-pointers in Wednesday's 123-98 win over the Hawks.

"That's something the players felt like was in their grasp and they wanted to go for it," Lue said Thursday about chasing the record in a blowout. "I don't think we did anything to rub it in their face."

Lue emptied his bench in the fourth quarter. Still, Barkley said on the TNT postgame show the Hawks should "take somebody out" on the Cavaliers due to the shooting performance.

Co-host Shaquille O'Neal told Barkley he can't say stuff like that on national television, and Barkley continued: "Yes I can. You're not trying to hurt them, but you've got to take somebody out,. When a team is just embarrassing you shooting 3s when the game is way over just trying to set a record … I've got to take you down one time really hard."

Lue disagreed with Barkley.

"I don't think there's any place in our game to take someone out because they're playing well," Lue said. "I think you can get yourself to play harder to stop a team from playing well."

PACERS' VOGEL OUT: The Pacers will not re-sign coach Frank Vogel despite five trips to the playoffs, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference final. President of basketball operations Larry Bird will seek a coach who can do Vogel couldn't: win an NBA title. "Sometimes my job really (stinks) and this is one of them," Bird said. "I know a lot of you didn't expect us to make the playoffs (Indiana lost a first-round series in seven games), but I had a lot higher expectations. I just came to the conclusion that it was necessary for these guys to hear a new voice." Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale, Bird's teammate on the great Celtics teams of the 1980s, will not be a candidate. "I would not do that to Kevin, have him work for me. I respect him too much," Bird said. Among possible candidates are former Pacers assistant and ex-Denver head coach Brian Shaw, current Pacers assistant and former NBA coach Nate McMillan, and former Pacers player and Golden State coach Mark Jackson. Vogel asked if the news conference could be postponed so he and Bird could talk. Bird refused.

CURRY LIKELY to sit AGAIN: Warriors guard Stephen Curry is unlikely to play Saturday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland since he still hasn't practiced on his sprained right knee.

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