Miami Heat puts away the Toronto Raptors, 96-76

Chris Bosh

Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to applause after making a 3-pointer against the Raptors in the second half.

(Joe Skipper / Associated Press)

Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Hassan Whiteside added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rolled in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors, 96-76, in Miami on Sunday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 12 and Tyler Johnson added 10 for Miami, which outscored the Raptors 30-16 in the third and then put the game away with an 18-3 run in the fourth. Whiteside also blocked six shots for the Heat, who started a seven-game homestand.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 for Toronto, which got 16 from DeMar DeRozan and 15 from Kyle Lowry. The Raptors lost for the 11th time in their last 12 trips to Miami.

Including playoffs, it was the 250th consecutive home sellout for Miami.


at Cleveland 101, Indiana 97: LeBron James scored 29 points playing with a bruised quadriceps, and the Cavaliers earned their sixth straight win.

James, who took a knee to the leg Friday, hit seven free throws down the stretch and found Kevin Love for two key baskets in the final 27 seconds.

Love scored 22 points and had 19 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who haven’t lost since the season opener against Chicago.

Paul George scored 32 points for Indiana, which went scoreless for nearly four minutes after taking a 90-88 lead. George’s three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining cut the lead to 97-95.


A third-quarter basket gave James 9,018 field goals for his career, moving him past Jerry West into 19th place on the NBA list.

at Oklahoma City 124, Phoenix 103: Kevin Durant had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Thunder snapped a three-game losing streak.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, and Enes Kanter had 21 points on nine-for-10 shooting for the Thunder, which forced 23 turnovers and outrebounded the Suns, 52-33.

Eric Bledsoe had 28 points and 11 assists for Phoenix, which lost for the third time in four games.

A wild sequence during which the Thunder nearly turned the ball over several times ended with an easy layup for Andre Roberson that gave Oklahoma City a 76-63 lead in the third quarter. A fast break led to a nifty bounce pass from D.J. Augustin to Kanter, who scored and was fouled. The free throw bumped Oklahoma City’s edge to 89-75.

Durant hit a pull-up three-pointer, then a fastbreak layup to make it 110-90 with six minutes remaining.

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