The Raptors played poorly, then very nearly pulled off a victory after Kyle Lowry long distance buzzer beater forced overtime.

But it all fell apart over the extra five minutes, as Toronto dropped a 102 96 decision to the Heat on Tuesday, in the opener of their best of seven second round playoff series.

Coach Dwane Casey couldn help but feel his team had given one away.

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always think that when you have an opportunity to win, Casey said. was a stretch there where we just didn execute on either end, and in a playoff situation, every possession is important. MORE: Raptors look to cool off Heat in Game 1 of second round series

Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 14 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 22 points, Terrence Ross chipped in with 19, and DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph had 10 points apiece for the Raptors, who advanced to the second round for the first time in 15 years.

Lowry 39 foot bomb to force overtime was the single highlight on another dreadful night for Toronto all star point guard. He didn get his first assist until 15 minutes into the game, and finished with almost as many fouls (five) as points (seven). He had just six assists.

tell him all the time, good or bad, I got the utmost confidence in him, DeRozan said. don care if he misses 15 shots in a row, I going to stand behind him just like if he making 15 shots in a row.

going to come around, it just sucks that we all had to go through this at this point in time of the season Wade talks Lowry half court shot, sending game into OT

Goran Dragic scored 26 points to top the Heat, while Dwyane Wade finished with 24, moving into the 16th spot on the NBA all time scoring list.

The game between the No. 2 and 3 seeds was tightly matched from the opening tipoff.

Up 68 63 to start the fourth, the Heat stretched their lead to 10 points barely two minutes into the quarter. The Raptors chipped away at the difference, and Joseph driving layup with a minute to play cut Miami lead to two points, before Dragic responded with a gut wrenching three pointer that had fans heading for the exits.

But two Miami turnovers and a loose ball foul allowed Toronto to come back in the dying seconds. With Toronto down 89 83, Ross hit a three pointer. The Heat managed just one free throw as Ross hit a free throw and then Lowry sank the tying three from long distance.

unfortunately had a very good look at it, I looking at the ball like, no way, this is not about to happen. Because it looked like it was dead on, said Wade, who dropped to the court on one knee after the shot fell. it goes in, you just crushed for a minute. Casey talks Raptors loss in overtime; Kyle Lowry shooting

The Raptors almost had another bite of the apple in overtime, when six Raptors points pulled Toronto to within three with 27 seconds left. But Wade pounced on a DeRozan turnover to clinch the victory for Miami.

Lowry said he can take some confidence in the fact the Raptors won the Indiana series without much of a scoring contribution from him.

we had a chance to still win the game, he said.

Game 2 is Thursday in Toronto, then the series shifts to Miami for Games 3 and 4.

On paper, the Raptors are favoured, winners of five of their previous six meetings with Miami. But the Heat owned the Raptors for several seasons before that. Prior to a Miami loss in March of last season, the Heat had won a whopping 16 straight against Toronto.

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It took wholesale raiders jerseys both teams seven games to make the second round, Toronto edging the Pacers 89 84 on Sunday at home, and the Heat beating Charlotte in a 33 point rout.

The Raptors are used to playing from behind. They only won one series opener, in the second round against Philadelphia in 2001.

basketball, a series is a series, DeRozan said. don look at it like it difficult, we look at it like things we can clean up and get better at. A few things that we made a mistake on and still had a couple chances to win this game. We still got cheap chiefs jerseys another opportunity to win this next game at home, and go on the road Cheap Authentic Washington Redskins Jerseys | NFL Football and do what we have to do. is also playing without 11 time all star Chris Bosh, who sat on the Heat bench in a designer suit. The former Raptor missed the final 29 games of the regular season after a blood clot was found in his left calf.

The game was played against a Maple Leaf background of red and white clad fans, including 17 year NFL veteran Tony Gonzalez, who chucked footballs high up into the crowd during a timeout.

Outside, Maple Leaf Square drew another jam packed crowd, while the popular Toronto sign in