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Even a mid-court miracle buzzer-beater wasn't enough for the Raptors to turn down the Heat

Elsewhere, the Gloden State Warriors relied on their defence as they took control of their series with the Trail Blazers.

Drake won't be happy with the result last night.
Drake won't be happy with the result last night.
Image: Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association Images

KYLE LOWRY SCORED a three-pointer from half-court as the buzzer went at the end of the fourth quarter last night to send game one of the Toronto Raptors’ Eastern Conference semi-final with the Miami Heat to overtime.

However, despite his heroics, it was the Florida outfit that came out on top 102-96 after the extras.

Goran Dragic top-scored with 26 points while Dwayne Wade shot seven of his 24 points in the extra period as the Raptors failed to score for nearly all of the first four minutes of overtime, killing any momentum from Lowry’s miracle effort:
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In the night’s other game, the Golden State Warriors showed they could probably rest Steph Curry for all of their Western Conference semi-final with the Portland Trail Blazers and still sweep the series 4-0.

While thousand of words have been written in praise of the Warriors’ offence, it was their defence that came up big, limiting their visitors to just 12 fourth quarter points as they overcame an 11-point deficit in the final minutes to clinch a 110-99 win.

The defending champions now lead the series 2-0 with game three in Portland on Saturday.

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