Though it was far from pretty defensively, the Heat managed to squeak past the Toronto Raptors in overtime, 123-116, Tuesday night. The now 15-27 Raptors put up an admirable fight, but just couldn't keep up with Miami in the extra period.
It's not as if the Heat didn't give them every opportunity to win in regulation, either. Toronto looked like it was about to pull away in the first half before the Heat came raging back, and toward the end of regulation, Miami missed a slew of open looks and free throws that the Raptors failed to capitalize from.
Ultimately, Toronto's failure to exploit the Heat's self-inflicted transgressions cost them dearly. Like they aways do, the Heat (specifically Dwyane Wade) turned it on. Miami started slow, but finished strong and was able to pull away in overtime like that was the plan all along.
How exactly did the Heat turn a disappointing start into a nail-biting victory? It's easy to criticize this team for allowing the Raptors to hang around for so long, yet there's no denying that even when they're far from their best, the Heat win in stylistic fashion.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of January 23, 2013.