DeRozan drops 27 points as Raptors edge Heat

DeRozan drops 27 points as Raptors edge Heat

To start the fourth-quarter the Heat made a small run, cutting the lead to 11 at one point. "Just really got into as far as moving the ball and their activity is just as important as anything else".

Kyle Lowry's buzzer beating three-pointer to end the 1st half turned out to be the difference in a narrow 115-112 Raptors victory over the Miami Heat. James Johnson led the bench in scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds. Wade again came off the bench and played most of his minutes as the point guard. It was his third game since returning to the club in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8.

The Rockets earned their ninth consecutive win by getting 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds from James Harden in a 126-108 trouncing of the Timberwolves. That they nearly gave up the lead ticked him off even more; he wasn't buying late-game rust as an explanation, let alone an excuse. Casey suggested that Anunoby might be given the game off Tuesday as a precaution.

"One thing I know is, he makes his own decisions", Wade said.

NEW YORK (AP) -The Knicks say All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis has undergone successful surgery to fix a torn ACL in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for much of next season.

Toronto is coming off a decisive 123-103 win in Charlotte as a 3.5-point favourite on Sunday to move past the Boston Celtics and claim top spot in the conference with a narrow half-game lead going into Tuesday night's Heat versus Raptors betting matchup at Air Canada Centre.

Dwyane Wade was back in a Heat uniform after they dealt for him at last week's trade deadline.

With Toronto almost blowing a lead late in the fourth quarter, one particular strategy jumps out. With the game tied 77-77, the Raptors went on 21-4 run and ended the frame with a 98-81 lead.

And yet less than a week into this reunion, Wade said he already finds himself settling in comfortably with the second unit. "This is great fast-breaking team, so you give them extra opportunities by turning it over".

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

But the Wade-Dragic backcourt may not be so much of an issue in Wade's second go around with the Heat. I said it's not a dream, this is real. "Coach wants to be able to look down that bench and be able to go 10 deep if he wants to and to know he's got guys that know how to play together, that can play together for long amount of stretches and not just a few minutes here and there".

The Raptors survived a frantic finish to assure themselves of being first in the Eastern Conference when the all-star break arrives.

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