Casey encouraged by Raptors' game two fightback


Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was left encouraged by their fourth-quarter comeback in game two of their NBA playoff series with the Miami Heat. 

Having lost game one of the Eastern Conference semi-final series 102-96 in overtime, the Raptors trailed 77-70 with under seven minutes left in the final period at the Air Canada Centre.

But Toronto turned things around late on, with Jonas Valanciunas, who was seven of nine from the field with 15 points, spearheading the fightback as they claimed a 96-92 victory. 

Despite struggling for much of the contest, Casey is upbeat going into Saturday's game three in Miami.

"I'm encouraged," Casey said. "We've got to take it. We can harp on all the negatives and beat that drum, beat it to death, but we're finding ways to win and that's very encouraging."

Guards Demar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both had difficulties shooting. DeRozan finished with 20 points, going nine for 24 from the field, while Lowry was seven for 22 for 18 points.

"It's been ugly," DeRozan said of the series. "But it's a grind, honestly.

"We know nothing is going to be pretty, but as long as we can come out with the W it doesn't matter."