Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Toronto holds on late for close win

Toronto holds on late for close win

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry had 22 points in the win over the Miami Heat.

The 41 points scored in the third by Toronto were the most allowed in any quarter this season by Miami, and it was too big a hole to overcome despite a valiant Heat effort in the fourth.

The Raptors are 40-16 overall, giving them a one-game edge over Boston in both the East and Atlantic Division races. "Understand after that it's back to serious business, and we have to be playing in the right direction and continue to get better and not have more nights like this".

Dwyane Wade performed exceptionally well coming off the bench as well, and put in his best performance since rejoining the Heat.

With Toronto down by one with just a few seconds remaining on the clock, Lowry somehow managed to drain a hard three-pointer at the buzzer despite barely getting off the ground and with Goran Dragic guarding him closely.

For the first time in six games, Casey had to call on his starters to finish up, using Lowry, DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas down the stretch.

Heat: Visit the 76ers on Wednesday.

They held a 112-96 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the contest but back-to-back buckets by Goran Dragic capped a 13-0 run by the Heat to make it 112-109 with 56 seconds remaining. With the game tied 77-77, the Raptors went on 21-4 run and ended the frame with a 98-81 lead.

A C.J. Miles free throw sealed the win, but only when Miami's Josh Richardson's last-ditch shot from mid-court went awry.

DeRozan, who scored just seven points in the first half, atoned with a 19-point third quarter. "It's certainly not our road map and we paid the price for it, but you have to give them credit, they played well".

Heat: F Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder) missed his third straight game.

Toronto finished with 22 fast break points compared to 12 from Miami.

Since averaging 110.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting while going 15-8 from December 8 to January 20, the Bulls have scored 104.6 per game on 42.0 percent shooting and dropped eight of their last 10 games.

Miami has given Toronto trouble this season.

Miami, which won 89-88 in Toronto a month ago, fell one-half game behind Philadelphia for eighth in the conference, with those teams meeting Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break.

The Feb. 13 game marked the mascot's 1,000th home game with the franchise, and the Air Canada Centre was filled with celebration.

Anxious that the Toronto Raptors might start the National Basketball Association all-star break a night early, Casey watched his team come through with a thorough, professional effort in a 122-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

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