MIAMI – For the first time, the Toronto Raptors know what getting a win over Chris Bosh feels like.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry added 21 and the Raptors erased an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 108-94 on Friday night.
Luis Scola scored 20, Terrence Ross finished with 17 and James Johnson added 13 for the Raptors, who outscored Miami 58-39 after halftime.
The Heat had been 12-0 when facing Toronto with Bosh in the lineup against his former team, and more importantly were denied what would have been their first four-game winning streak since the 2014 playoffs. Each of Miami’s last seven three-game win streaks has now been followed by a loss.
Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, Gerald Green had 20 and Goran Dragic scored 18 for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside had 13 rebounds and Bosh finished with 11 points.
The Raptors improved to 17-3 when holding teams under 105 points, and they did that Friday with ease. They’re 0-8 when opponents reach that total.
Up five at the half, Miami made its first four shots of the third quarter to build a 64-53 lead.
The cushion didn’t last long.
The Raptors made 13 of their next 16 shots – Whiteside blocked two of the three misses in that stretch – and turned the game around with 26-8 run that took just less than 9 minutes. Ross’ 3-pointer late in the third capped the flurry, putting Toronto up 79-72.
Miami scored to get within three points or less on six separate occasions after that, including Wade’s layup with 6:12 left that cut it to 90-89. But Toronto never got caught, and Lowry got the roll on a layup with 2:25 left to put the Raptors up 10 and wrap up the win.