PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Red Claws lost in overtime to Raptors 905 in NBA D-League action, 114-110, Sunday at the Portland Expos.
The Red Claws (28-18) were led by Levi Randolph with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Omari Johnson and Marcus Thornton each added 19 points, while Malcolm Miller recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Walden and Andre Stringer each added 11 points for Maine.
Raptors 905 (19-26) was led by Davion Berry with 28 points.
Sim Bhullar sparked the 905 to a 35-25 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Claws had only made two 3-pointers, before Marcus Thornton dropped in one from downtown. Maine appeared to have righted the ship, but a late run gave Raptors 905 a 64-52 lead at the break.
The Red Claws came out on fire in the third quarter. Johnson drained two quick 3-pointers, and added a conventional three-point play and the Claws were on an 18-1 run to regain the lead. Johnson scored 12 points in the third quarter alone, leading Maine to a 39-16 advantage in the period. Maine turned a 12-point halftime deficit into an 11-point lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the 905 made a charge. Bhullar’s putback and E.J. Singler’s three cut it to five. Davion Berry tied the game at 105 with 1:22 to go with a fadeaway bank shot. Berry had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, his jumper fell short off the rim, and the game headed to overtime. Maine did not score in the final 3:43 of the fourth.
In Maine’s first OT of the season, Malcolm Miller’s put-back slam put the Claws up 107-105. Shannon Scott answered with a fadeaway to even the score once again.
Michale Kyser and Berry made back-to-back buckets for the 905 to take a 111-107 lead. Randolph made a flat-footed 3-pointer to cut it to 111-110 with 16.8 seconds to go. Scott Suggs made two free throws to put Raptors 905 back up three. The Red Claws couldn’t get any closer and Maine dropped its third straight.