Toronto beat Miami 96-92 in overtime on Thursday to even their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds
Virtually ignored through three quarters, scoring four points on three shots, Valanciunas came alive with 11 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“He came through big,” Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said. “He’s definitely the reason we won this game.”
Toronto made just 42 percent of its shots compared to Miami’s 49.4 percent, but the Raptors survived.
“There’s a lot of different ways to win a game,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Fortunately our guys found a way.”
DeRozan scored 20 points, Kyle Lowry had 18 and Terrence Ross 10 for Toronto, which battled back late in the fourth quarter to force the second overtime of the series, then shut the Heat down to start it.
That was the opposite of Game 1, in which Toronto couldn’t score for the first 3:46 of OT.
“We were conscious of how the last overtime went,” DeRozan said. “We told all the guys, ‘We know what not to do and what we have to do this time around in overtime to get a win,’ and that’s what we did.”
Goran Dragic scored 20, and Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson each had 17 for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Luol Deng had 12 points.
Game 3 is Saturday in Miami.
The Heat led 77-70 midway through the fourth, but back-to-back baskets by Valanciunas shaved the gap to 80-78 with 3:18 remaining. Ross tied it with a jumper at 2:01.
DeRozan missed a pair of free throws with 1:22 remaining but Valanciunas grabbed the rebound on the second and tipped it home to give Toronto an 82-80 lead.
“That was big,” Wade said. “If they get offensive rebounds, they’re a tough team to beat.”
After a missed shot by Wade, Lowry hit a pull-up jumper with 45 seconds left, giving the Raptors a four-point cushion.
Wade cut it to one with a 3 but Lowry replied with another jumper with 14.9 seconds to go, putting Toronto up 86-83. After a Miami timeout, Dragic tied with a 3 with 10.5 seconds left.
Lowry, whose halfcourt shot sent Game 1 to overtime, got the last attempt for the Raptors but couldn’t hit the rim with a long 3-point attempt.
The Heat went cold in overtime, missing their first five field goal attempts, including three misses by Johnson.
“I didn’t think we did a good job at all executing (in overtime),” Wade said. “Our offense was poor. In a sense, we feel like we gave one up.”
Miami matched a franchise postseason record with 11 turnovers in the first, leading to 14 Toronto points. Miami finished with 21 turnovers.
“If we don’t turn the ball over 20-something times, we’ll be fine,” Wade said.