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Raptors throttle Heat with second half blitz

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The Toronto Raptors turned it on in the second half on Sunday and won Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series with the Miami Heat, 116-89. Toronto dominated the boards, protected the ball and aggressively took it to the beleaguered Heat in winning their first conference title. Toronto’s star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan struggled throughout most of the playoffs, but not Sunday. Lowry put up 35 points, seven rebounds and nine assists while DeRozan posted 28…

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Heat on brink of elimination after loss to Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. On the other side, the Miami Heat is one loss away from the end of their season. The Raptors led from start to finish, but had to hold on for a 99-91 victory on Wednesday night in Toronto to take a 3-2 lead in their semifinal series with the Heat. A 19-point lead melted to one in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors made enough big…

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Heat escapes Raptors in OT to tie series

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The Miami Heat were on the ropes, but managed to come away with a 94-87 victory in overtime on Monday night in American Airlines Arena. With the victory, Miami evened their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series at two games apiece. Looking at the statistics, it easy to wonder how the Raptors were even close. Their star center, Jonas Valanciunas, has been lost for the remainder of the series due to a sprained ankle. Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle…

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Raptors edge Miami to take 2-1 series lead

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Dwyane Wade’s 38 points were not enough to keep the Toronto Raptors from regaining control of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series. The Raptors came from behind to take a 95-91 victory at American Airlines on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead. Wade scored 29 of his 38 points in the second half, but none of his teammates scored more than six during that period. Kyle Lowry, who struggled with his shot throughout the playoffs, found his stroke for Toronto…

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Raptors edge Heat in OT; series tied

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The Toronto Raptors overcame a seven-point fourth quarter deficit and went on to beat the Miami Heat, 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night in Toronto. With the win, the Raptors evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series at one game apiece. Things looked bleak for Toronto, but center Jonas Valanciunas came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his 15 points. Until the final period, he had attempted only three shots the entire game. The Raptors sought to erase…

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