Late Comeback Not Enough, Raptors Hold Off Heat 115-112

Raptors get by Heat

Middleton's jumper with 2:58 left completed the spurt and lifted Milwaukee to a 65-53 lead.

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

Ball State closed the first half on a 16-4 spurt to take a 41-40 lead into intermission.

Atlanta took some wild shots and tossed passes into the stands as it tried to spread the floor.

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. Cleveland received productive showings from its new acquisitions who were making their second appearance with the team: Rodney Hood (14 points), Jordan Clarkson (14 points), Larry Nance Jr.

LeBron James pumped in 37 points and J.R. Smith added 18 in the Cavaliers' 120-112 victory at Oklahoma City.

Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Carmelo Anthony, back after missing two games with a sprained right ankle, added 24.

Toronto exploded for a 19-4 run in the last eight minutes of the third quarter that was the difference in the game. The Thunder responded with an 8-0 run to get back into the game.

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The Raptors' three leaders are referring to the near choke job they nearly did against the Heat. They came in having not only having won five straight but having won by at least 15 points in all five games - a franchise record.

MINNEAPOLIS - James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and Houston beat Minnesota for its ninth straight victory. "We're going to play hard, keep the game in our wheelhouse and as best we can, make it on our terms".

The Rockets made 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they scored 42 points. Most teams are electing to play small and perhaps Casey believe playing DeRozan, along with three point guards, gave Toronto an advantage on the perimeter. They finished the game with 16 total turnovers and the Raptors capitalized off of many of them, scoring 28 points off turnovers in the game. Wiggins entered Tuesday's game shooting 55.6 percent in his previous four games.

And although the Raps ended with six players in double digits, including 27 points from DeMar DeRozan and 22 points from Kyle Lowry, that wasn't the highlight of the night. The team's point differential suggests that the Raptors should have an even better record than what they have achieved thus far, and their record in games decided by three-points or less is just 3-5.

Miami will conclude its pre All-Star break portion of the schedule with a matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on on Wednesday, the second night of a back-to-back.

Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who also won six straight between November 25 and December 10 and again between December 13 and 23.

Dwyane Wade picked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists off the bench. He made his first shot from the line, extending the lead to three at 115-112, but missed his second.

Despite giving up 28 and 29 points in the first and second periods, the Raptors held just a two point lead as both teams headed to their respective locker rooms. With Toronto leading 112-98 with 4:20 remaining in the game, Miami pushed the Raptors with a 16-3 run.


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