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They weren’t on the dramatic level of Dion Waiters shoving Manu Ginobili, but Luol Deng’s struggles to inbound the ball during crunch time of Game 1 between the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat nearly decided a winner nonetheless. Dwyane Wade, though, had other plans.
After Kyle Lowry sent the game to overtime with a buzzer-beating half-court heave, the Heat found themselves up three and inbounding the ball with 10 seconds remaining in the extra session. A pretty good spot, right? But that’s when their utterly vexing inability to find the open man on a dead ball reared its ugly head yet again.
Deng’s bounce pass to Wade in the near corner ricocheted out of bounds after making contact with both its intended target and DeMar DeRozan. Officials awarded the ball to Toronto following video review despite an obvious foul taking place on the play. Could Miami’s inbounding labors really lead to another game-tying shot by the Raptors?
Not with Wade around.