Raptors survive Heat; Rockets strike

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TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 9: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors shoots the ball against the Miami Heat on January 9, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. AFP

DeMar DeRozan poured in a team-high 27 points, while Kyle Lowry added 22 as the Toronto Raptors survived a late rally from the Miami Heat to win their sixth straight game.

The Raptors improved to 40-16 in the season after their 115-112 win over the Heat and increased their lead over the Boston Celtics to one game for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Home cooking

It was another case of solid home cooking for the Raptors who have only lost four games at home all season. They also equalled a season high with their sixth straight win at home.

Goran Dragic led the Heat with 28 points, including 16 points in the third quarter.

Dwyane Wade picked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists off the bench.

It was his third game since returning to the club in a trade with the Cavaliers on Thursday.

“We had a bad three or four minutes there where we had some turnovers,” Wade said of Toronto’s third-quarter run. “This is a great fast-breaking team, and if you give them opportunities, they’ll tear it up.”

In Minneapolis, James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-108 for their ninth straight victory.

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