It was a repeat of Game 1, only in reverse.
The Raptors have evened their 2nd round NBA playoff series against Miami at 1 after a 96-92 overtime with over the Heat last night.
Kyle Lowry forced overtime in the series opener with a half-court buzzer beater… but Toronto ended up losing that game in OT.
Last night, it was Miami’s Goran Dragic who drained a 3 with 10 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime.
Only this time, the Raps responded in the extra frame, outscoring Miami 10-6.
It was nice to see Kyle Lowry find his game.
Toronto’s All-Star guard has been pedestrian in this year’s playoffs, plagued by a scoring slump that has everyone — including himself — baffled.
Lowry scored 18 points, including two big baskets in the final minute of regulation.
Hopefully that performance will push him to take better shots.
Despite Lowry’s efforts, Toronto’s defence was stoic and it was led by DeMarre Carroll.
He’s introduced as JYD 2.0 before every game, and he has played like the former Raptor fan favourite in these playoffs.
Gritty, in your face, tenacious defence, while adding a bunch of points on the other end.
That kind of play should not go unnoticed, because it’s what the Raps will need to win this series.