December 4, 2019 / 3:46 AM / 12 days ago

Butler takes over in OT as Heat sink Raptors

EditorsNote: fixes to “five more points” in seventh graf; fixes to “led by 11” in 10th graf

Dec 3, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) warms up prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler scored the first eight points of overtime and finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the visiting Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 121-110 Tuesday night.

Duncan Robinson added 22 points for the Heat, who have won three in a row and ended the Raptors’ seven-game winning streak. It was also the Raptors’ first home loss of the season in 10 games.

Bam Adebayo had 18 points for Miami, Justise Winslow added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk had 16 points.

Norman Powell scored 23 points off the bench to lead the Raptors, who were held to two points in overtime. Fred VanVleet added 19 points, Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol had 14 points, Serge Ibaka scored 13 and Kyle Lowry, who had missed the previous 11 games with a fractured thumb, scored 12 points and had 11 assists.

The Raptors, who trailed by eight with 4:51 remaining in the fourth quarter, took a one-point lead on Powell’s 3-pointer with 42.6 seconds to play.

Butler, who finished with his fifth career triple-double, made one of two free throws to tie the game with 38.4 seconds remaining in the fourth. Both teams missed on their final possessions to force overtime.

Butler opened the overtime by making converting a three-point play, and he tacked on four more points in the first minute.

The Heat used a 13-4 burst to take a 32-23 lead after the first quarter. Miami led 58-53 at halftime.

The Raptors scored the first five points of the third quarter to tie the game. They took the lead by two points on Siakam’s layup after Gasol blocked a shot.

But the Heat regrouped and led by 11 after Butler’s put-back layup with 5:37 remaining in the quarter.

VanVleet’s three-point play completed the third-quarter scoring and reduced Miami’s lead to 83-81.

Winslow scored five straight points to give the Heat a 98-80 lead with 6:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors pulled to within three, but the Heat regained the eight-point lead on Olynyk’s 3-pointer.

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Lowry’s two free throws with 1:22 remaining cut the margin to two.

The Heat were without Goran Dragic (groin strain).

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