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Dwyane Wade could not believe Kyle Lowry's buzzer beater went in

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The Miami Heat eventually wrapped up game one of their Eastern Conference semi-finals series against the Toronto Raptors with a 102-96 overtime win at the Air Canada Centre. 

However, the night could have ended a lot earlier if it was not for an incredible buzzer beater from Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. 

Despite a rough shooting night for the two-time All-Star, where he shot just 23.1 percent from the field - including connecting with just one of his seven attempts from distance - Lowry threw up a hail mary in the dying seconds that proved to be his only three-pointer of the night.  

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With 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation and Toronto down by three, Cory Joseph inbounded the ball to Lowry. The 30-year-old threw up a shot from half court that was money as the crowd inside the arena, and those watching on the streets of the six exploded in celebration. 

Unfortunately for the number two seeds, it was not enough as Wade dropped seven points in OT to help the Heat win by six. However, during the post-game press conference, the Miami shooting guard admitted shots like Lowry's are demoralising.

He said: "I, unfortunately, had a very good look at it. I'm looking at the ball and I'm like 'no way, this is not about to happen' because it looked like it was dead on. 

"And when it go in you're just crushed for a minute you know, I think I hit my knees because you want to wrap a game up like that, in the playoffs, in regulation. But all we could do was get up, regroup and know you've got five more minutes to play."

GOING FORWARD

That is exactly what the Florida-based organisation did in overtime as they took a valuable lead in the series. Miami out-rebounded and out-hustled their opponents all night.  

With Lowry struggling to find his rhythm so far in the postseason, the Heat are primed to pounce and a two-game lead heading back to the American Airlines Arena would be a devastating blow.

Toronto are making a habit of losing opening games in the playoffs but may not get so lucky against their current opponents having overcome the Indiana Pacers despite sacrificing the first encounter. 

Their main concern will be the form of their star at the one spot. After having arguably his best season since being drafted - averaged 21.2 points and 6.4 assists per night - he has dropped off dramatically in the playoffs. 

His points production has fallen to 13 a night and, while he is averaging 7.4 assists, his field goal percentage is down from 42.7 to 30.6.

It won't matter one bit to Miami though, as things stand, they are another step closer to a matchup against their former superstar, LeBron James.

Topics:
NBA
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade
Kyle Lowry

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