The Toronto Raptors gave the Miami Heat a run for their money on Wednesday night, but the defending champions eventually pulled away at AmericanAirlines Arena, 123-116.
The Raptors got off to a hot start, outscoring the Heat in the first half, 57-50. But the Heat bounced back in the third quarter, going on a 38-27 run to take hold of the lead leading up to the fourth quarter.
Toronto was able to inch back in the final frame, though, knotting the score up at 109 points apiece to send the game into overtime.
But Miami ultimately pulled ahead in the end, with Ray Allen hitting a three-pointer inside a minute left to create some distance down the stretch.
The Raptors shot 50 percent from the floor, but the Heat shot 55 percent and out-rebounded Toronto, 53-29.
Player of the Game: LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade may have scored a game-high 35 points, but LeBron James isn't the best basketball player in the world simply because he can score. The do-it-all phenom finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds while going 12-of-23 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Up Next for Raptors
Toronto visits the Orlando Magic on Thursday. The Magic are 14-27 this season. Second-year center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double.
Up Next for Heat
Miami hosts the Detroit Pistons on Friday. The Pistons are led by center Greg Monroe, who is averaging 15.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists this season.