For most of Game 2, the Toronto Raptors' only reliable sources of offense were Miami Heat turnovers and praying that Jonas Valanciunas could pick up his All-Star shooting guards' garbage. They missed 12 free throws and 14 3-pointers in an effort that didn't inspire much confidence that they — and especially Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan — had exorcised the demons plaguing them.
"It's been ugly," DeRozan granted after the game.
"Ug-lee," Lowry added.
On Thursday, though, it was enough to win. When you're already down a game in the second round of the playoffs, that beats the alternative.
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The Raptors survived 30 more missed shots from their stars to draw even, outlasting the Heat 96-92 in overtime behind 21 points from forward DeMarre Carroll and a dominant late-game performance on the interior by Valanciunas.
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