Miami Heat force Game 7 behind Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic scored a career-playoff-high 30 points and the Miami Heat won their 10th straight playoff elimination game at home, defeating the Toronto Raptors 103-91 on Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dragic, who scored 20 or more points for the fourth time in the past seven playoff games, helped tie the Eastern Conference semifinal series, 3-3. He made 12-of-21 shots -- including six layups and two 3-pointers -- in a versatile effort.
Miami's Dwyane Wade added 22 points.
Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 36 points, and DeMar DeRozan added 23.
The Raptors, who also set a franchise record with 56 regular-season wins, host the Heat on Sunday in the deciding game of the best-of-seven series.
If Toronto wins, the Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in the franchise's 20-year history.
A Miami victory would give the Heat a matchup against James, who helped the franchise win two NBA titles in four years before bolting back to Cleveland in 2014.
Miami had a 21-20 lead after a first quarter in which neither team shot better than 40 percent.
Dragic took over in the second quarter, making 6-of-7 shots from the floor, including four layups, one short jumper and a 3-pointer. He also made a free throw and had 14 points in the quarter, helping Miami take a 53-44 lead at the break.
Lowry got hot in the third quarter, scoring 12 points. But Miami still managed to extend its lead slightly to 82-72. Dragic had nine points in the quarter.
Toronto never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter.