Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Heat survives heave from halfcourt

TORONTO — Goran Dragic scored 26, Dwyane Wade had seven of his 24 in overtime after Kyle Lowry's halfcourt shot tied it at the buzzer and the Heat beat the Raptors 102-96 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Joe Johnson scored 16 and Josh Richardson had 11. Hassan Whiteside had 17 rebounds for the Heat.

Lowry's improbable 3-pointer from his side of the halfcourt line capped Toronto's six-point comeback in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but the Raptors couldn't deliver in the extra session. Toronto went scoreless for the first 3:46 of overtime before DeMar DeRozan hit a jumper.

Dunks by DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas made it 99-96 with just over 10 seconds to play. Toronto got the ball back after a Miami turnover on the inbounds play, but Wade stripped the ball from DeRozan and sealed it with a three-point play.

Wade (3,638) moved into 16th place on the NBA's playoff scoring list, passing Elgin Baylor (3,623). Scottie Pippen (3,642) is in 15th place.

Valanciunas had 24 points and 14 rebounds and DeRozan added 22 points for the Raptors, who dropped to 1-9 in the opening game of a postseason series. Five of those defeats have come at home.

DeRozan hit his first three field-goal attempts then made only 6 of 19 the rest of the way.

Lowry also struggled, going scoreless in the first half and finishing 3-of-13 for seven points.

Toronto's Terrence Ross set a career playoff high with 19 points and Cory Joseph had 10.

Miami led 86-81 after a 3 by Dragic with 40 seconds left, but Toronto trimmed the deficit to 89-86 on a 3 by Ross with 6.5 seconds left.

Luol Deng threw the ball away on the inbounds play and Ross was fouled. He made the first but missed the second, and Whiteside was fouled as he grabbed the rebound. Whiteside missed the first but made the second, giving Miami a three-point edge with 3.3 seconds to go.

Lowry then was given time and space by the Heat to let go his long-range attempt and it went through for his first made 3 in six attempts, sparking a wild celebration in front of the Toronto bench.

REFS BOTCH FINISH: The NBA said there were five incorrect non-calls on Monday night's wild final sequence in San Antonio, including a foul on the Thunder's Dion Waiters that referees earlier had already acknowledged they missed.

The league agreed with the refs that Waiters should've been whistled for knocking Manu Ginobili back with his elbow to create space to throw an inbounds pass. But it also ruled in its Last 2 Minute report that Ginobili first committed a delay-of-game violation by stepping on the sideline as he was defending.

The inbounds play began a frenzied final 13.5 seconds in the Thunder's 98-97 victory. The Spurs ended up stealing Waiters' pass to Kevin Durant to start a fastbreak but couldn't score.

Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief, said after the game that upon seeing a review of the play, there should have been an offensive foul on Waiters. But the problems didn't stop there.

The league determined that the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills grabbed and held Thunder players, affecting their movement and ability to get open to catch the inbound pass.

Once the Spurs came up with it, Mills ended up getting a jumper from the corner that missed. The Spurs couldn't get off a clean attempt on the offensive rebound, and the league determined that was because the Thunder's Serge Ibaka grabbed LaMarcus Aldridge's jersey.

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