Heat force Game 7 behind Dragic

Fri May 13, 2016 10:58pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Goran Dragic scored a career-playoff-high 30 points and the Miami Heat won their 10th straight playoff elimination game at home, defeating the Toronto Raptors 103-91 on Friday night at American Airlines Arena.

Dragic, who scored 20 or more points for the fourth time in the past seven playoff games, helped tie the Eastern Conference semifinal series, 3-3. He made 12-of-21 shots -- including six layups and two 3-pointers -- in a versatile effort.

Miami's Dwyane Wade added 22 points.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 36 points, and DeMar DeRozan added 23.

The Raptors, who also set a franchise record with 56 regular-season wins, host the Heat on Sunday in the deciding game of the best-of-seven series.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers await the winner of Sunday's game.

If Toronto wins, the Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in the franchise's 20-year history.

A Miami victory would give the Heat a matchup against James, who helped the franchise win two NBA titles in four years before bolting back to Cleveland in 2014.

Miami had a 21-20 lead after a first quarter in which neither team shot better than 40 percent.   Continued...

 
May 13, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) prepares to shoot the ball in front of Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports