Coming into Friday night, both the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat, recent NBA Finalists from the Eastern Conference, were under .500 and looking to build some momentum to correct that. Of course, only one team was going to be able to inch closer, and on the evening it appeared to be the Raptors that would do so early on as they built a lead as large as 21 points at one stage. However, as much of their season has gone thus far, the lead fell apart and they let Miami back into it.
Despite that, they would recover, riding 23 points from Norman Powell and 21 from OG Anunoby to shake off the Heat by a score of 101-81. It wasn’t particularly pretty, as the score suggests, but they did get it done at the buzzer, getting them to their fourth win from their last five games. As such, their record moved to 6-9 while the Heat fell to 6-8. Kendrick Nunn led the scoring charge for the Heat with 22 as they lost out on a chance to make it three consecutive victories for the first time this campaign.