Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime; Take 1-0 Series Lead in Second Round

(Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime) – The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors have had similar playoff stories in 2016 so far. With both of these teams coming off of a Game 7 victory, we knew we were in for an exciting matchup from the start of the tip to the final whistle.

Game 1 of the Second Round series between the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors tipped off on Tuesday, May 3rd in Toronto. Before we get into the much-anticipated recap, let’s take a look at the journey each team has made so far in these playoffs.

Miami Heat Defeat Charlotte Hornets 4-3

The Heat’s series against the Hornets started off perfectly. The first two games were played at their home court, so they had the advantage going into the series.

After a 32-point victory in Game 1, where the Heat outscored the Hornets 123-91, Miami went into Game 2 with a lot of confidence. They were playing efficient basketball and were proving to the rest of the league that they can compete

Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime

Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime

in these playoffs, at least in the East. Not planning on slowing down, the confidence brought into Game 2 payed off as they cruised to another victory, this time with a score of 115-103. Another high scoring night for the Heat’s offense, Miami was clearly clicking on all cylinders.

However, the Heat hit a wall once they ventured outside of their home court. With Games 3 and 4 being held in Charlotte, the Hornets knew they needed to put an end to this surge coming from the Heat. After being shutout in the past two games, the Hornets did exactly what they needed to and responded with a 96-80 victory at home. With the series now at 2-1, the Hornets needed to put that momentum to good use in the next few games.

Game 3 was the first game in this series where the Hornets were able to out-power Miami. Meanwhile, Game 4 brought us the first close game of the series. It was a back-and-forth battle that had fans on the edge of their seats. Ultimately, Charlotte held on late in the game to tie the series at 2-2 with a 89-85 victory. With three games remaining, it was a race to see who can get to two wins the quickest.

The Hornets hit first with a 90-88 Game 5 victory in Miami that was decided in the final seconds of the game. After losing the first two games of the series, the Hornets had done the improbable in winning the next three games. Headed home for Game 6, the Hornets looked like they were going to steal this series away from the Heat.

However, the Heat had other plans in mind. With their backs against the wall, the Heat finally got their act together and tied the series back up at 3-3 with a 97-90 victory in Charlotte. Forcing a Game 7 isn’t what either of these teams wanted when this series began, but it sure had fans pumped up.

Game 7 proved which team wanted to advance to the second round more than the other team. The way Miami played, they proved they REALLY wanted to advance. After a rollercoaster of a series, Miami sealed the series with a bang by defeating the Hornets 106-73 for their second victory of 30 points or more this postseason. Although full of young players, this Miami team has been as clutch as anybody, so far.

Toronto Raptors Defeat Indiana Pacers 4-3

As the No. 2 seed in the East, Toronto was given home court advantage vs. the Indiana Pacers in the first round. Although this usually gives that team a better chance at starting the series off 2-0, that wasn’t the case this time around. The Indiana Pacers weren’t going to make this series too easy for them. Coming in as the 7th seed, Indiana stole Game 1 from the Raptors with a 100-90 victory. Paul George scored 33 points as his team made a statement right out of the gate.

Desperate to at least get one win at home, the Raptors knew they needed to make some changes for Game 2 and that’s exactly what they did. Looking like a different team on the court, Toronto responded to that loss with a 98-87 victory. Not looking to stop as they headed into Indiana’s territory, Toronto knew they needed to steal at least one

Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime

Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime

game on the road if they still wanted to have a chance at winning this series. After holding the Pacers to 87 points in Game 2, there defense came up big once again in Game 3. The Raptors outscored them 101-85 as they took a 2-1 series lead.

While the Raptors started to find their rhythm, the Pacers slowly saw themselves losing control of this series. However, Game 4 brought them a re-boost of confidence. After relying on Paul George the previous three games, the Pacers got a big offensive contribution from Ian Mahinmi. Behind Mahinmi’s 22 points, the Pacers tied the series up at 2-2 with a 100-83 home victory.

At 2-2, the Raptors still held the advantage due to having two of those games played in their home arena. In fact, that would end up being the difference in this series. Game 5 was in Toronto, where they won a nail-biter with a score of 102-99. With all of the pressure on the Pacers, the Raptors got blown out on the road in Game 6 with a score of 101-83. With one final game left to decide this series, the Raptors proved that home-court-advantage is a real thing. Toronto ended up sending the Pacers home with a 89-84 victory.

They had the Miami Heat waiting on the other side.

Heat vs. Raptors – Game 1 @ Toronto

(Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime) – I don’t think anyone expected anything less than a Sparta-Persia battle in this one and that’s exactly what fans received.

The first half was neck-and-neck with neither team really jumping ahead. At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied 18-18. Jonas Valanciunas came out on fire, scoring 10 points and grabbing 3 rebounds in the first quarter. However, Miami’s team play and Dwyane Wade’s 4 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists were enough to even up the score at the first buzzer.

Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime

Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime

Continuing the battle back-and-forth, the second quarter saw a bit more scoring than in the first. The Raptors outscored the Heat 25-23 in the quarter, taking a 43-41 lead into halftime. Goran Dragic started to find his rhythm, finishing the half with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Valanciunas continued his tough play, closing out the half with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

The Miami Heat finally started to show some signs of dominance in the third quarter. Led by Dragic’s 10 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in the quarter, the Miami Heat outscored Toronto 27-20. They headed into the final quarter with a 68-63 lead. With the momentum in their hands, it seemed Miami was ready to take this game away.

However, the Raptors weren’t ready to give up just yet. The game was still extremely close, so Toronto knew all they needed was one little run to gain the lead again. With 1:02 remaining in the game, Raptors’ guard Cory Joseph made a driving layup to bring the Heat’s lead down to 2. With a lot on the line, Goran Dragic showed he was ready to steal the show when he made a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining. After a crazy 30 seconds, the Heat seemed to have the game in the bag with a 89-83 lead and just 8 seconds remaining.

After a bad Josh Richardson turnover, Terrence Ross made a three pointer off a Kyle Lowry assist to bring the lead to 3 points with 6 seconds remaining. Showing last-second frustrations, the Heat gave up another turnover, followed by a loose-ball foul committed by Josh Richardson. Ross made 1 of 2 free-throws for the Raptors, bringing the Heat’s lead to 2.

With 4 seconds remaining, the Raptors knew they had to foul and get the ball back. They ended up choosing to foul Hassan Whiteside, bringing him to the line with 3 seconds left in the game. After missing his first free throw, Whiteside sunk the second. Without much time left, Kyle Lowry threw up a desperation shot from 39 feet away. As the buzzer rang, fans around the world witnessed the ball amazingly find the bottom of the net. With the shot, the game was now tied at 90, meaning this game was headed into overtime.


I guess we should’ve seen this one coming. Both of these teams let their previous series go to the last string, so why not let Game 1 of this series go the same way?

The Miami Heat started the overtime period exactly how planned. With 5 minutes on the board, the Heat won the tip and quickly put up two points off a Joe Johnson 6-foot shot. After a missed layup from DeMar DeRozan, the Heat responded with a 17-foot shot made by Luol Deng. After another miss, this time from Valanciunas, the Heat responded nicely once again with a 14-foot shot from Dwyane Wade.

With 1:21 left in the overtime period, the Heat found themselves on an 8-0 run after Dwyane Wade scored his second basket of the period. Needing a quick breath, the Raptors took a timeout. Following the timeout, Toronto went on a 4-0 run and brought the score to 98-94. With 10 seconds left, Valanciunas dunked it home off a Lowry assist. However, it was too late as Wade finished the game in the final second with an and-1. The Heat won the game 102-96.

Game 2 will be held in Toronto on May 5th at 8pm ET. The Raptors will look to avoid going down 2-0 in this series.

(Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime)

(Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime)

(Miami Heat Overcome Toronto Raptors in Overtime)