Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors game features multiple scuffles, possible spitting

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Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan also was fined $25,000 on Wednesday for an incident at the end of the game Tuesday with Miami guard Goran Dragic, who was fined $10,000.

With four players out due to injury the Heat with an eight-man rotation and seven of those players scored 11 points or more.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the National Basketball Association for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the throat.

On paper, there are a number of teams who are more talented than the Florida-based franchise but there are few that can match them for effort.

The Cavaliers had hopes that guard Derrick Rose, who has been out since November 7 with an ankle injury, might return to competition during this trip but he will not play Thursday in Toronto or Friday at Indiana. "He had some soreness in his foot or whatever".

The Raptors also learned on Wednesday night that they will be without starting forward Serge Ibaka for the Cleveland game.

The fact the Toronto Raptors were going to struggle without Kyle Lowry was expected.

The game-winner. With Miami trailing 89-88, Wayne Ellington made a game-winning layup with 0.3 seconds remaining.

"That was so long ago, I've got to look back", Ellington said when asked who else participated in the contest.

Yet amazingly, the Raptors wore down the Heat and actually stuck their nose in front by a point with 3.1 seconds to play.

They may not be pretty on the eye or the most fun team to watch on a nightly basis but they get wins and that's all that matters in this league. Nobody cares. I know Miami didn't care. "Through the draft, through free agency through trade and then this summer, bringing a team back that we felt that we could build with and grow, from a group largely overlooked or outcasts". They get 20 offensive rebounds.

"It's attention to detail, hitting someone before the shots missed, we didn't do those things". You put yourself in a position where it started way before that.

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