LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to wait just a little bit longer to see who they’ll face in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors will head back to Canada tied at two games apiece after Miami pulled out a 94-87 win in overtime, the third time in four games that this series has gone to overtime.
The Heat were led by Dwyane Wade, who scored 30 points, but that was the extent of the offense for either team. As a team, Miami shot 1-for-15 from three-point range. Just two days removed from his bounceback game that led to a Raptors win, Kyle Lowry shot just 2-for-11 from the field. DeMar DeRozan wasn’t much better, scoring just nine points on 4-for-17 shooting. Lowry fouled out with two minutes to go in regulation, forcing Cory Joseph to run the offense the rest of the way.
This is life for the Heat and Raptors without their starting centers. Both teams are going small, and it’s going to get ugly. Toronto blew an opportunity to go back home up 3-1. Instead, they now must win two of the next three, and the questions that seemed to be answered about Lowry’s shooting struggles worked their way back up again.
One thing’s for sure: nothing about this series is giving anyone confidence that either of these teams will have a prayer against Cleveland.