Luol Deng takes responsibility for late game turnovers

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Luol Deng put the blame on himself after his two late turnovers opened the door for the Toronto Raptors' dramatic rally in game one.

Though the Miami Heat prevailed 102-96 in overtime, the late inbounding mistakes - a travelling violation on the baseline and a misplaced cross-court pass - gave the Raptors a lifeline.

Kyle Lowry cashed in with a desperation heave at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, but Miami regrouped to finish the job in overtime.

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And Deng did not shy away from taking responsibility, talking at length about his wayward pass that was intended for Dwyane Wade.

"There were a few turnovers that I had there and if we would have lost this one, it would have been on me," he said. "I felt bad for the silly mistakes I made because we played so hard to secure the win.

"I always take it in (the inbounds pass). I always look for D-Wade. It wasn't called but I felt that [DeMarre] Carroll was all over him but I guess he made a good play. I didn't see the replay. We've run that out of bounds play a lot of times. I thought D-Wade was open.

“When D-Wade was running through, I really tried to time his run. I don’t know if he tripped or what, but I should have held the ball and called a timeout. If we’d have lost, that would have been a bad one. I’m just glad that we stuck together and the guys had my back.”

In reference to the baseline travelling call, Deng added: “I didn’t even hear the ref say you can’t move. Normally, I listen to them but that’s my mistake.”

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra saw it differently, putting his own hand up.

“The couple of out-of-bounds, those are on me. I have to diagram something where we can get into better spots, not leaving guys hanging. We actually run a lot of stuff and never had problems getting it in.”


The series continues on Thursday night as the Raptors look to bounce back. Deng, who had ten points on 4-of-9 shooting, insisted that Miami would not ease off after clinching this valuable road victory.

"We know it's a long series,” he said. “We've been in a series in the last round where we went up 2-0 and they [Charlotte] came back. This is just one game. They’ll make adjustments and we’ll see what happens.”

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