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Saturday night game round-up: Raptors and Trail Blazers win game threes

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RAPTORS (2) 95, HEAT (3) 91

The Toronto Raptors took the lead for the first time in the series as they saw off the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. 

Having dropped game one in Canada, the Raptors have won the past two and, more importantly, Kyle Lowry appears to have found his playoff rhythm. There were injuries to big men from both teams as Hassan Whiteside and Jonas Valanciunas left the floor at different stages and were unable to return. 

Lowry shot over 50 percent for the first time in the series as he ended with a team-high 33 points, including a clutch, deep three in the fourth - he shot 62.5 percent from range. DeMar DeRozan shot 35.3 percent as he finished with 19 points. 

Lithuanian big man Valanciunas played 22 minutes of basketball, scoring 16 points and winning 12 rebounds before suffering a right ankle injury. 

Dwyane Wade's best efforts were not enough for Miami. He scored 38 points - off 52 percent from the field - and pulled down eight boards. Goran Dragic had 12 points while Joe Johnson had 10. 

Whiteside suffered a right knee sprain in the second quarter after getting tangled with teammate Luol Deng.

Game four takes place at 1:00 am on Tuesday (UK time).

Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat - Game Three


The Portland Trail Blazers cut the Golden State Warriors' series lead in half with an impressive 12-point win at the Moda Center. 

After two defeats in California, it was imperative the Blazers protected their home court. Damian Lillard and Al-Farouq Aminu stepped up to ensure Klay Thompson and Draymond Green's best efforts were not enough. 

Lillard dropped 40 points as he came up with a huge night against his hometown franchise yet again. The point guard shot 51.9 percent from the field, including going 8-of-13 from deep - he also had ten assists. 

Aminu was 8-of-9 on field goal attempts while also going 80 percent from behind the arc for his 23 points - his ten boards were also crucial on the night. C.J. McCollum scored 22. 

Thompson continued his impressive form in this series as he scored 35, including an 18-point first quarter as he shot 50 percent. Draymond Green had 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Shaun Livingston had ten dimes. 

Stephen Curry was shooting the ball before tipoff but did not suit up. 

Game four takes place at 3:30 am on Tuesday (UK time).

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

Western Conference
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Miami Heat
Northwest Division
Pacific Division
Portland Trail Blazers
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