Raptors beat Heat in OT, series tied 1-1

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TORONTO (AP) This time, overtime went the way of the Toronto Raptors.

Jonas Valanciunas made sure of it.

DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

Preds outlast Sharks in 3OT, tie series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mike Fisher ended his own personal playoff drought with his first overtime goal in 12 years, giving the exhausted Nashville Predators plenty to celebrate.

Fisher scored his second goal at 11:12 of the third overtime, and the Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 early Friday morning in the longest game in franchise history. (MORE)

Paterno aware of Sandusky abuse in 1976?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A judge said that insurers in litigation with Penn State claim a boy told football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he had been molested by Jerry Sandusky, Pennlive.com reported Thursday.

The order by Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer also cited reports by unnamed assistant coaches they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children, Pennlive.com said. (MORE)

Curry unlikely to return for Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is unlikely to play Saturday for Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland since he still hasn't practiced on his sprained right knee.

Curry did work on the side while the Warriors practiced Thursday but couldn't yet do any of the scrimmaging that the medical staff and coaches want to see before he is cleared to return. (MORE)

Bird says Vogel out as Pacers coach

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird has never cared about popularity contests. All he ever wanted to do was win.

So on Thursday, the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations announced he would not re-sign Frank Vogel to a new contract despite five trips to the playoffs, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference finals. Instead, the Pacers will search for a coach who can do Vogel couldn't: win an NBA title. (MORE)

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