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Toronto Raptors struggle on the offensive end, suffer eight-point loss to Miami Heat

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson guards Jimmy Butler (NBAE/Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors took the floor for the first time in 2020 as they travelled to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat Thursday night.

The Heat played tough defence all night, limiting the Raptors to just 76 points thanks largely to a 2-3 zone defence they employed throughout the night. With the win, Miami moves to 16-1 at home this season and 9-0 after losses.

Toronto was led by Serge Ibaka, who finished with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double while Bam Adebayo led the way for Miami with a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double in 35 minutes of action.

If you missed any of the action, check along below for live score updates, news and highlights from the meeting of two of the East's best…

Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat: Live score, updates, news and highlights

PREVIEW | BOX SCORE | PLAY-BY-PLAY

Final: Miami Heat 84, Toronto Raptors 76

Jan 3, 2:51 am UTC

That's a wrap in Miami.

The Heat move to 25-9 on the season with an eight-point win over the Raptors, who fall to 23-12 on the year.

Another run from Miami

Jan 3, 2:38 am UTC

The Raptors cut the deficit to four and like clockwork, the Heat respond with another run.

This time, Miami scores seven unanswered to go up by double digits.

Timeout on the floor as the Heat lead 80-69 with 3:59 on the clock.

Midway through the 4th

Jan 3, 2:31 am UTC

OG Anunoby sinks a tough triple to end the run.

The Heat lead 73-67 with 6:18 to go

OG is up to 10 points and 12 rebounds in the game and is shooting 4-for-9 (44.4%) from the field and 2-for-4 (50.0%) from deep.

Miami builds its largest lead

Jan 3, 2:25 am UTC

After Raptors cut the deficit to one, the Heat respond with an 8-0 run.

Timeout Toronto as it trails 73-64 with 8:16 left in this one.

Tyler Herro is feeling it as he is up to 13 points (on 5-for-9 shooting). Herro, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic have each scored 13 apiece to lead the Heat.

End of Third Quarter: Miami Heat 63, Toronto Raptors 60

Jan 3, 2:18 am UTC

We're headed into the final frame with the Heat maintaining a three-point lead, courtesy of a Tyler Herro 3.

This one has the makings of a game that will go down to the wire.

Despite shooting 32.8% from the field and 16.1% from deep, Toronto is still within striking distance thanks in part to sinking nine more free throws than Miami.

Serge Ibaka (16) and Kyle Lowry (15) are pacing their offence while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (9) is making his presence felt off the bench as well.

The Heat are shooting a slightly better 39.1% from the field and a much better 32.1% from deep and are led by Goran Dragic (13) and Bam Adebayo (11)

Late break in the 3rd

Jan 3, 2:08 am UTC

Kyle Lowry sinks a triple to cut the deficit to four and we have a timeout on the floor.

The Heat lead 57-53 with 3:36 left in the third.

Lowry is up to 15 points on the night while Serge Ibaka leads all scorers with 16 points.

It's still an ugly shooting night for the Raptors, who are now 5-for-29 (17.2%) from deep and 20-for-61 (32.8%) from the field.

The Heat, who are still led by 13 points from Goran Dragic, are shooting 41.8% from the field and 38.1% from deep.

Kyle Lowry exits … then returns

Jan 3, 1:59 am UTC

Kyle Lowry appeared to have suffered a leg injury on defence as he hobbled straight to the locker room.

Timeout as the Heat lead 47-43 with 8:17 left in the third.

In what appears to have been a slightly rolled ankle, Lowry returned to action following the timeout. A major crisis averted.

OG gets the 2nd half started

Jan 3, 1:54 am UTC

After finishing the first half with his first bucket of the night, OG Anunoby rattled a short floater home to get the second half going.

On the next offensive possession, Anunoby got to the rim for a layup and he now has seven points in the game.

Halftime Stats

Jan 3, 1:50 am UTC

The box score tells part of the story:

Halftime: Miami Heat 42, Toronto Raptors 39

Jan 3, 1:37 am UTC

After an ugly first half, the Miami Heat take a three-point lead into the halftime break.

The Heat's defensive efforts held the Raptors to 15-for-45 (33.3%) from the field and 3-for-22 (13.6%) from beyond the arc.

Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka have each scored 12 points apiece to lead the way for Toronto.

For Miami, Goran Dragic's 13 points are pacing the offence while Meyers Leonard has scored eight points (on 3-for-5 shooting). Jimmy Butler has just three points (on 1-for-7 shooting) but has eight rebounds and five assists.

Still, Toronto should be encouraged by being down by just three points after an abysmal shooting half.

OG beats the buzzer

Jan 3, 1:36 am UTC

As the buzzer sounds to end the first half, OG Anunoby sinks a triple for his first points of the night.

Toronto trails 42-39 heading into the break.

As the second half winds down…

Jan 3, 1:30 am UTC

Miami's zone defence is doing damage.

There's a timeout on the floor with 2:40 left in the half and the Heat lead 40-34.

The Raptors have just 14 points in the quarter and are now shooting 30.0% from the field and 10.0% from deep. Serge Ibaka leads the Raptors with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

For the Heat, it's Goran Dragic that leads all scorers with 13 points off the bench. Miami has 22 bench points in the game… all in the second quarter.

Goran Dragic gets going

Jan 3, 1:28 am UTC

The Heat are struggling to score, but Goran Dragic isn't.

Miami's reserve guard is up to 13 points - all in the second quarter - and is 5-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Midway through the second

Jan 3, 1:23 am UTC

A big alley-oop finish through contact from Chris Silva puts the Heat back up by two points.

Timeout on the floor. It's 30-28 with 6:08 left in the half.

Things haven't gotten much prettier. At all. Miami has employed a 2-3 zone and, as a result, Toronto is now shooting 32.1% from the field and 11.8% from deep.

The Heat are shooting 36.4% from the field and 33.3% from deep, which is slightly better.

Working in the Raptors' favour? They're 8-for-10 from the free throw line and have forced six turnovers already.

End of First Quarter: Toronto Raptors 20, Miami Heat 18

Jan 3, 1:09 am UTC

The Raptors take a two-point lead into the second quarter despite a rough-shooting first.

Toronto finished the first frame shooting 7-for-21 (33.3%) from the field and 1-for-11 (9.1%) from the field.

Fred VanVleet (7), Serge Ibaka (6) and Kyle Lowry (5) combined to score 18 of the team's 20 points with Lowry doing all of his scoring at the free throw line.

Miami wasn't much better as it shot 7-for-22 (31.8%) from the field and 2-for-8 (25.0%) from deep.

Meyers Leonard leads the way for the Heat with eight points (on 3-for-5 shooting).

Final timeout of the first

Jan 3, 1:02 am UTC

Miami leads 18-17 with 1:36 left in the first.

Timeout on the floor.

It hasn't been the prettiest game so far - Toronto is 7-for-19 (36.8%) from the field and 1-for-9 (11.1%) from deep.

Serge Ibaka (3-for-8) and Kyle Lowry (3-for-7) are shooting a combined 6-for-15.

Miami is 7-for-18 (38.9%) from the field and 2-for-6 from beyond the arc but has already committed four turnovers.

Jimmy Butler has struggled early on as he's 1-for-6 from the field but has pulled down six boards.

Lowry on Butler?

Jan 3, 12:54 am UTC

Early on, the Raptors have opted to put Kyle Lowry on Jimmy Butler.

Lowry gives up a few inches but has the strength and savvy to make things difficult for Butler offensively.

First break in the action

Jan 3, 12:51 am UTC

We're nearing the midway point of the first and have our first timeout of the night.

Miami leads Toronto 12-11 with 6:27 left in the quarter.

Fred VanVleet leads all scorers with seven points (on 3-for-6 shooting), while Meyers Leonard leads the way for the Heat with five points early on.

Miami gets on the board first

Jan 3, 12:44 am UTC

We're underway in South Beach

Duncan Robinson sinks a triple - his 109th of the season - to put the Heat on the board first.

Pregame

Jan 3, 12:39 am UTC

Toronto looks ready to roll as it hits the floor:

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