Jonas Valanciunas.

Jonas Valanciunas the hero for the Toronto Raptors as they level the series in game two

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The Toronto Raptors levelled the series with the Miami Heat at one game each as the two franchises went to overtime for the second consecutive outing.

After Kyle Lowry's poor shooting night on Tuesday, it was the Heat's turn to struggle as they found themselves down ten after the first quarter with the Raptors closing it out on a 16-4 run.

The lead for the Canadian franchise was down to seven at the interval and Joe Johnson found his rhythm in the third as he dropped seven points in under five minutes to begin the second half. 

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The visitors went on a 13-2 run to take a two-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes as Toronto's playoff future looked under serious threat - the Raptors were limited to just 15 points in the third. 

With just over six minutes remaining, Miami was up by seven as Goran Dragic - who required eight stitches in the first half after an elbow to the mouth by DeMar DeRozan -  found Hassan Whiteside for a layup.

Toronto needed someone to step up in final moments and save their series. That man was Jonas Valanciunas, the center dropped 11 points and pulled down seven boards in the final quarter.

The South Beach franchise went over four minutes without a field goal and the Raptors reclaimed the lead as Valanciunas tipped in a rebound after two missed free throws from DeRozan.

After not hitting a three in the regular season since December, Wade has found his stroke from behind the arc in the postseason as he made it a one-point Toronto game with a bucket from downtown with 37 seconds to go.

Lowry bumped the lead to three with a jumper and Miami had just over 14 seconds to send the game into overtime. Up stepped Dragic to nail an open three after Johnson drew the double-team. 

Lowry missed the chance to win it in regulation as he came up short from behind the arc on the buzzer. 

Erik Spoelstra's team went cold in overtime and scored just six points - their first basket coming after four minutes. Lithuanian big man Valanciunas continued to impress as he grabbed two more huge rebounds and added a couple points. 

He was the hero of the night for Toronto as he ended with a plus/minus of 17 after scoring 15 points and winning 12 rebounds. Lowry rediscovered his shooting stroke somewhat as he went 31.8 percent from the field for his 18 points - although he was 1-of-7 from three. 

DeRozan scored 20 points, had three steals and won eight boards while DeMarre Carroll led the team with 21 points on the night - a game high. 

Miami's point guard Dragic shot 8-of-12 from the field for his 20 points. Wade ended the game with 17, as did Johnson. While Whiteside had 13 points and as many rebounds.

However, it was the benches that proved to be a key difference; the Heat's rotation scored just 13 compared to Toronto's 20. 

Game three takes place in Miami on Saturday at 10:30pm (UK time).

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