Wade guides Heat to overtime win that evens series

Tue May 10, 2016 12:55am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Through four games of the Eastern Conference semi-final series between the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors, three went to overtime.

That includes Monday's game in which Dwyane Wade scored 30 points as the Heat earned a 94-87 win at AmericanAirlines Arena, tying the series at two games apiece.

"This is one heck of a series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Was there any doubt this was going to overtime?"

Game 5 in the best-of-seven battle of attrition is on Wednesday at Toronto.

The Heat have been without forward Chris Bosh (blood clots) since the All-Star break, and center Hassan Whiteside is likely out for the rest of the series due to a knee injury he sustained on Saturday.

For Toronto, center Jonas Valanciunas, also hurt on Saturday, is out for the series due to a sprained ankle, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan is playing with a jammed right thumb, and point guard Kyle Lowry fouled out on Monday with 1:58 left in regulation.

The Heat, though, have the 34-year-old Wade, who is averaging 27.3 points in the series, playing as if he has turned back his odometer.

There is a reason for that, Wade said.

"I put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes," Wade said. "I worked my tail off this summer to get to where I can still play at an elite level.   Continued...

May 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports