TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Miami Heat 115-112 on Tuesday.
Kyle Lowry recorded 22 points and eight assists for the Raptors (40-16), who increased their lead over Boston to one game for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic led the way for the Heat (30-27) with 28 points, including 16 points in the third quarter.
Dwyane Wade picked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists off the bench. Hassan Whiteside also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
The Raptors hold the best home record in the league (24-4), and won their sixth consecutive game, matching a season high.
The Raptors led 28-24 after one quarter, but neither team was able to generate much of a scoring run.
The close battle continued in the second quarter before the Heat erased the deficit with a 13-3 run and led by eight points with 3:56 to go in the half.
Toronto responded with a 10-2 run of their own to erase Miami’s lead. Toronto led 57-55 at halftime.
Toronto opened up its lead in the third quarter. With the game tied 77-77, the Raptors went on 21-4 run and ended the frame with a 98-81 lead.
A late push from Miami trimmed the Raptors lead to 114-112 with 6.6 seconds remaining.
The Heat picked up their sixth loss in their last seven games.
Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport