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Heat 100, Raptors 85

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TORONTO -- LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Miami Heat to a 100-85 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday before a crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre.

Former Raptor Chris Bosh added 28 points and Dwyane Wade had 23 for the Heat who have defeated the Raptors 10 straight times.

Rudy Gay led Toronto with 29 points while DeMar DeRozan had 27 and Kyle Lowry 10.

Miami took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter and increased it to seven in the first four minutes. Alan Anderson cut that to five when he made two of three free throws after being fouled by Shane Battier on a 3-point attempt with 7:20 to play. DeRozan made a dunk three minutes later to cut the Heat lead to three. But when Bosh hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:42 to play the Heat led 90-83.

James stretched the lead to nine on a steal and a driving dunk. And when James hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 to play the lead was 12.

Notes: Forward Landry Fields (acute back spasms) of Toronto did not play Sunday. ... Rudy Gay started at small forward after coming off the bench in his Raptors' debut on Friday, scoring 20 points. Gay is still learning the Raptors' system after he was obtained in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last Wednesday. "We run a lot of similar schemes as Memphis," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said before the game. "It shouldn't take long for him to pick it up." ... Forward/center Andrea Bargnani (right elbow) of Toronto is close to a return but did not play Sunday. ... The Heat lost, 102-89, at Indiana on Friday to drop to 11-11 in road games. "Where do I start?" Heat coach Erik Spoelstra asked before Sunday's game trying to explain what happened on Friday. "(The Pacers) came ready to play," he said. "They had us on our heels the entire night." ... Miami was 8-5 in January and has had 18 consecutive winning months. ... The Heat play their next game on Monday at home against the Charlotte Bobcats and has won eight consecutive games against them, including a 105-92 decision at Charlotte in their first meeting of the season. ...The Raptors are off until Wednesday when they are home to the Boston Celtics.

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