After a three-day hiatus, the Toronto Raptors (26-10) earned a thrilling comeback victory over the Miami Heat (16-17), who entered the night with the league's longest win streak of five games.
Toronto bounces back after suffering its largest loss of the season Saturday in Philadelphia, and did so without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, who is still dealing with a lingering back issue. The Raptors trailed by as many as 17 points but benefitted from clutch performances from Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Danny Green.
If you missed any of the thrilling action, check below for highlights and stats from throughout the night as the Raptors cooled off the red hot Heat.
Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat
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Final: Raptors 106, Heat 104
9:50 p.m. - The Heat's final attempts to win and tie are NO GOOD.
After trailing by as many as 17 points Toronto is going to leave American Airlines Arena with a win, snapping a three-game road losing streak.
Kawhi Leonard's 30 points paced the Raptors Wednesday night, while Danny Green (18), Fred VanVleet (16) and Pascal Siakam (10) also finished in double-figures.
The Heat were led by 21 points from Justise Winslow, who has excelled since being placed at point guard in the team's starting lineup. Winslow was one of six Heat players to score in double-figures as Josh Richardson (17), Hassan Whiteside (16), Tyler Johnson (12), James Johnson (12) and Dwyane Wade (10) all made solid contributions.
The loss snaps Miami's five-game win streak that dated back to Dec. 14.
9:48 p.m. - DANNY GREEN!
Down one, the Raptors' veteran knocks down a corner trey to give his team a 106-104 lead with 22.7 remaining in regulation. He's got 18 points on the night.
GAME WINNER DANNY G! pic.twitter.com/ZRyk98BVHY- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2018
9:47 p.m. - 16-year veteran Dwyane Wade knocks down a step-back 3-pointer to give the Heat a one-point lead but it doesn't last long.
Kawhi Leonard comes back down and knocks down a jumper to give the Raptors a one-point lead.
Miami once again regains the lead thanks to Justise Winslow.
9:45 p.m. - Make that eight unanswered points for the Raptors, who regain the lead thanks to two free throws from Kawhi Leonard.
Timeout on the floor. Toronto leads 101-99 with 1:16 remaining in regulation.
9:43 p.m. - After Justise Winslow scores to give the Heat a 99-93 lead, Fred VanVleet sinks a 3-pointer and a turnover leads to a Pascal Siakam and-one .
STEAL, BASKET & THE FOUL for SIAKAM!#WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/KoNVhzfYUw- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) December 27, 2018
The Raptors score six unasnwered to tie things at 99 with under two minutes remaining.
9:39 p.m. - Timeout on the floor.
The Heat score six unanswered points to build a 97-93 lead with under three minutes to play.
9:34 p.m. - KAWHI LEONARD.
The All-Star forward sinks a huge 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining in regulation to give Toronto a one-point lead.
KAWHI LEONARD: MAN OF ACTION- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2018
VOTE KAWHI: https://t.co/3C4fw2i8xz pic.twitter.com/G7iWrWHl5r
Timeout Miami. This one looks like it's going down to the wire.
9:32 p.m. - Midway through the fourth quarter and things are still close.
Miami leads Toronto 91-90 in a game that has been physical down the stretch - there is something of a playoff feel.
As things wind down, look for the Raptors co continue going to Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard while the Heat can rely on the playmaking of Justise Winslow and Josh Richardsom's scoring
9:24 p.m. - Just over three minutes into the fourth quarter and these teams are going back-and-forth.
There's a timeout on the floor with 8:42 remaining in regulation and the Heat lead 86-85.
Miami is feeding Hassan Whiteside early and often in the quarter, as he's scored four points in the first three minutes of the quarter after not scoring in the third.
End of Third Quarter: Raptors 81, Heat 79
9:15 p.m. - The Raptors close the quarter on a 20-5 run and outscore the Heat 37-21 in the tird to take a two-point lead into the final frame.
Make that two consecutive big third quarters for Kawhi Leonard, who scored 12 of his 23 points so far in the frame. Fred VanVleet has also come up huge with a big third quarter.
Josh Richardson has gotten up to a team-high 15 points but Hassan Whiteside has not scored this half.
This game is shaping up to the type that is decided down the stretch.
9:12 p.m. - Fred VanVleet drains a 3-pointer to tie things up at 76 and the Raptors get a stop and score on the next two possessions to take a two-point lead for the first time this half.
VanVleet has scored 11 of his 13 points on the night in the third.
9:05 p.m. - Here come the Raptors!
Toronto employs a zone defence and goes on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to three.
Miami leads 74-71 and calls for a timeout with 3:58 remaining in the frame.
Kawhi Leonard is having a huge quarter as he has 10 of his 21 points in the third.
Kawhi n Skills gettin' it done pic.twitter.com/dbWuZLJ84v- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2018
8:57 p.m. - It took over five minutes of game action, but we've reached our first break of the second half.
The Heat are up 69-56 with 6:46 remaining in the quarter.
Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson lead the way with 12 points apiece while Toronto is led by 13 points from Kawhi Leonard, 12 points from Danny Green and eight points from Fred VanVleet
Halftime: Heat 58, Raptors 44
8:35 p.m. - Halftime stats help tell part of the story - assists and shooting numbers speak volumes thus far.
8:32 p.m. - Led by 12 points from both Hassan Whiteside and former Raptor James Johnson, the Heat head into the break with a 14-point lead over the Raptors.
Toronto is led by Kawhi Leonard's 11 points, while Danny Green has added eight points and Greg Monroe has seven points.
8:23 p.m. - Miami scores 11 unanswered points to build its lead back up to 13 points after leading by just two.
The Heat's recent surge is part of a bigger 17-5 run that the team is on since calling for time earlier.
Toronto calls for timeout as it trails 51-38 with 2:48 remaining in the half.
8:19 p.m. - Hassan Whiteside is getting it done on both ends of the floor - he has 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Defense on 💯! #HEATCulture pic.twitter.com/ooIObabAyD- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 27, 2018
8:13 p.m - The Raptors have used a 13-3 run that dates back to the first quarter to cut the deficit to one.
Timeout on the floor as it's 34-33 Heat with 8:14 left in the half.
Danny Green is leading the charge for Toronto as he now has a team-high eight points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 shooting from deep.
Money, Money Green pic.twitter.com/K3ot08baFx- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2018
End of First Quarter: Heat 31, Raptors 23
8:02 p.m. - After one quarter, Miami has built an eight-point lead thanks in part to a game-high 10 points from centre Hassan Whiteside.
Toronto is led by reserve centre Greg Monroe, who scored seven points in less than five minutes of action.
3-point shooting was a major difference in the first frame as the Heat shot 3-for-5 (60.0 percent) while the Raptors were 1-for-6 (16.6 percent).
7:59 p.m. - The Raptors respond with a 10-4 run of their own and have brought the deficit to within seven.
Erik Spoelstra calls a timeout to talk things over as his team leads 27-20.
7:51 p.m. - It's now a 19-6 run for the Heat, who lead the Raptors 23-10 with just over five minutes remaining in the first.
Hassan Whiteside is up to 10 points and four rebounds on the night while the Raptors are led by four points from Kawhi Leonard.
7:44 p.m. - Nick Nurse calls for a timeout as the Heat use a 7-0 run to get out to an 11-4 lead with 8:37 left in the first quarter.
Miami is led by Hassan Whiteside, who has six points early on.
#21 making an early statement! pic.twitter.com/hSleUFR2HA- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 27, 2018
7:39 p.m. - Toronto gets on the board first with a jumpshot from Serge Ibaka and things are underway at American Airlines Arena.
7:00 p.m. - With Kyle Lowry sidelined, the Raptors will start Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka.
Tonight's starting 5. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/VrIbD3PY0K- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2018
6:50 p.m. - Miami, donning their "Sunset Vice" Earned uniforms, goes with a lineup of Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder, James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside.
Opening 5 on the floor tonight. pic.twitter.com/wcJyq3YbQT- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 26, 2018
6:15 p.m. - The Athletic's Blake Murphy reports that Toronto will be without guard Kyle Lowry (back) as well as centres Chris Boucher (ankle) and Jonas Valanciunas (thumb). Serge Ibaka and Kawhi Leonard are good to go.
Kyle Lowry (back) and Chris Boucher (ankle) join Jonas Valanciunas as out for tonight.- Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) December 26, 2018