NBA: Raptors turn up the heat in overtime to beat Miami

DeMar DeRozan (left) high-fives DeMarre Carroll (right) after Carroll scored in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, on May 5, 2016 in Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan (left) high-fives DeMarre Carroll (right) after Carroll scored in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, on May 5, 2016 in Toronto. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - DeMarre Carroll finished with a team-high 21 points as the Toronto Raptors evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at 1-1 with a 96-92 overtime win over the Miami Heat on Thursday.

DeMar DeRozan tallied 20 points and eight rebounds and Kyle Lowry finished with 18 points and six assists for the Raptors.

The hosts scored six consecutive points to start the overtime then held on for the second round post-season victory.

"We decided to be the more physical team tonight in overtime," said Lowry. "It was a must win game.

The series moves to Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena for Game 3 on Saturday.

Goran Dragic led Miami with 20 points, while Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson had 17 points each in the loss.