Toronto Raptors fall short against Miami Heat

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry battles with Miami Heat guard Norris Cole at the Air Canada Centre...

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry battles with Miami Heat guard Norris Cole at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Nov. 29, 2013. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

TORONTO - Despite a start that couldn’t have been much worse, Toronto gave the ACC faithful a thrill in battling Miami down to the wire on Friday night.

The champs left the over-matched Raptors looking like chumps early, but in true Raptors style, the hosts rallied to take the contest to the bitter end — before eventually falling short in agonizing fashion.

The two-time defending NBA title winners, now 13-3, led nearly wire-to-wire, despite getting a couple of scares in the second half, before leaving with a 90-83 win.

Miami has now won 13 straight against Toronto — including all 11 meetings since Chris Bosh left Canada — and nine in a row this season overall.

LeBron James led the way — as is his fashion — with 27 points and Dwyane Wade added 22.

DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry were strong, with 25, 21 and 15 points respectively.


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