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Raptors hold off Heat, win sixth-straight

Raptors hold off Heat, win sixth-straight

Toronto's bench wasn't just playing like one of the best second units in the NBA - it was one of basketball's best units period. However, Wade's real value can be seen during postseason appearances, as he leads by example during games and shares his experiences with younger teammates. I don't think Wade wants his friend to make that same mistake he did in the twilight of his career. Wednesday's 104-102 loss at Philadelphia was his third game in his second go-around with Miami, and although Wade didn't shoot well he has looked more comfortable and assertive the last two games, both one possession losses.

"Going into this game, we said, and we would continue to say that if this game is in the 100 and teens, this is right in their wheelhouse, and I'm sure that's what they wanted", Heat coach said.

"Not right now", Spoelstra said when asked if he had considered Wade as a starter, "I'm not thinking that". "We stopped executing, stopped moving, stopped cutting, stopped being strong with the ball".

Officials with Fanatics, which purports to be the world's largest collection of official fan gear, reached out to Houston to see if the company could provide him with a current Wade jersey for the game.

"Closing out games has been an issue for us", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

"We nearly conceded, as a bench, that we weren't going to get it there". James Johnson led the bench in scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Later, an Ellington 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds to play drew the Heat within 114-112.




Toronto has won each of its five games during the winning streak by a margin of 15 or more points, for the first time in franchise history. "They showed it tonight, and every time we play them, they shot it".

The Heat will be without the services of Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), Dion Waiters (ankle), and Rodney McGruder (leg). The Heat have lost a season-worst four straight on the road.

The Raptors' OG Anunoby (ankle) is questionable for the contest.

Three of Toronto's five missed free throws came in the final 41 seconds.

Toronto shot 39 per cent that night, hitting only seven threes and getting outrebounded to an nearly embarrassing degree, 64-37.

It sent the crowd inside the Air Canada Centre into raptures and ensured that the Raps went into the break with the lead. Following Wednesday night's game, the Heat will not take the court again until after the NBA All-Star break on February 23.


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