Wade guides Heat to overtime win that evens series
(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...