Monday’s roundup: Wade gets 30, Heat win in OT
Miami — Just about everyone struggled to score, with one very notable exception.
Dwyane Wade was rolling.
And the Miami Heat couldn’t be more thankful.
Wade scored 30 points, including the layup that sent the game to overtime and finished off Miami’s frantic comeback from a nine-point deficit, as the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.
The series is tied 2-2, heading to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.
“It looked dark for a minute,” Wade said, “but there was no quit in us.”
It looked dark for a lot of minutes before Wade and the Heat figured it out. Goran Dragic had 15 points, including a three-point play that just about clinched it for the Heat with 22.4 seconds left in overtime. Joe Johnson also scored 15, despite still being without a 3-pointer in this series — but setting the tone with two blocked shots in the first 59 seconds of the extra session.
Wade didn’t score in overtime until his steal and dunk closed the scoring. He didn’t have to, either.
“I was tired,” Wade said. “I was using myself as a decoy. All eyes were on me and I wasn’t going to force anything.”
Miami led for only 13 seconds in the fourth quarter, but never trailed in overtime — the third time in four games the Heat and Raptors needed five extra minutes to decide a winner.
“That’s what you get when two teams are trying to make the conference finals,” said Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, who fouled out late in regulation after scoring just 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting and blamed himself for the loss. “We’re going at it.”
Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph each scored 14 for Toronto, which shot 39 percent.
Bismack Biyombo and DeMarre Carroll added 13 each for the Raptors, while the starting backcourt of Lowry and DeMar DeRozan — who is obviously bothered by a thumb injury — combined for 19 points on 6-for-28 shooting.
“Two tough-minded teams,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “They came out and forced their will on us at the end of the game.”
Miami was down 77-68 midway through the fourth, and still trailed 79-72 when Lowry got the roll on a 15-footer with 5 minutes left.
That’s when Wade went to work.
He scored the next five for Miami, getting the Heat within 79-77. The deficit was still two when Lowry fouled out — on an offensive foul — with 1:58 left. The Heat finally got the equalizer with 12.6 seconds left, Wade getting to the rim for a layup that knotted the score at 83.
Joseph missed a jumper to end regulation and the Raptors scored a mere four points in the extra session.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt this game was going to go into overtime,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s just one heck of a series.”
It’s even in games, 2-2.
The Heat have outscored the Raptors, 379-374.
The difference has been Wade, who’s averaging 27.3 points in this series — nine more than any other player.
“I’m as confident as I’ve been all season right now,” Wade said.
Golden State 132, (at) Portland 125, OT: Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points, including 17 in overtime, and the Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Playing for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first-round series against Houston, Curry was rusty for three quarters and sensational down the stretch after the Warriors trailed by as much as 16 points.
His winning return came hours after a person with knowledge of the award told the Associated Press that Curry would repeat as NBA MVP, with the announcement coming as early as Tuesday.
The Warriors can win the series Wednesday night at home in Game 5.
Kings choose Joerger
Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings’ decade-long playoff drought.
Joerger replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings’ ninth head coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman.
“He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results,” general manager Vlade Divac said.
Joerger went 147-99 in three seasons with the Grizzlies and took them to the playoffs each year. He led the injury-ravaged team to 42 wins this season, pushing them to the playoffs where they were swept by the Spurs in the first round.
He quickly found a landing place in Sacramento, where just getting to the playoffs in the team’s first season in its new downtown arena would be a major accomplishment.
The Kings went 33-49 last season and Karl clashed with ownership, Divac and All-Star DeMarcus Cousins in his lone full season on the job.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside (sprained knee) did not play in Game 4 against the Raptors. Toronto also was without its center, Jonas Valanciunas (sprained ankle).
... Spurs general manager R.C. Buford was named the NBA’s executive of the year.
... Hornets point guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be out until early July.