The Miami Heat head to Toronto to face the Raptors in the dramatic Game Seven of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday, a game that will stream live online for free as the Heat, who fought off elimination on Saturday behind 30 points from Goran Dragic, attempt to force their way into the conference finals where they will meet their old friend turned nemesis, Lebron James.
James played with the Heat and franchise superstar Dwyane Wade for four seasons, from 2010-2011 through 2013-2014, taking Miami to the NBA Finals in all four years, winning two championships.
But after his fourth season there, James returned to the team that drafted him — his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. James made another trip to the Finals with Cleveland last season, only to lose to the Golden State Warriors.
The Heat would have a chance to stop Lebron James from taking a sixth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals if they can figure out how to overcome Toronto Sunday — on the Raptors’ home court.
With the Heat entering Game Six down 3-2 and requiring a win to set up a Game Seven, Wade pumped in 22 to go with the 30 from Dragic, leading Miami to a bruising 103-91 win.
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 36 in the Raptors’ losing effort.
Watch highlights of Game Six between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors in the video below.
To find out how to watch a free and legal live stream of the Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game Seven, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, May 15 — 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
“This is why we’re in this business, to be pushed and tested and challenged,” Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said on Saturday. “There’s no greater challenge than a Game Seven.”
Both teams were forced to play the full seven games in their first-round playoff series as well. Miami got past the Charlotte Hornets while Toronto topped the Indiana Pacers to win their first NBA Playoff series since 2001. But with that win under their collective belt, the Raptors say they feel less pressure going into their second Game Seven of the 2016 playoffs.
“Game Seven in the first round was a little more tight,” Lowry said. “This one Sunday will be ‘Just go out there and hoop.'”
“You’ve got to do a little more. Obviously, it’s a great environment to be in,” said Wade, who is playing in his 11th postseason and seeking what would be his fourth NBA Championship. “It’s phenomenal. But you’ve got to give everything you have. There’s no tomorrow. That’s the way we approach it. I think it’s going to be two teams trying to give everything they have. Best team win, man.”
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