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Raptors' Serge Ibaka, Heat's James Johnson ejected after throwing punches

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The NBA has suspended Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka one game apiece for throwing punches at each other.

DeRozan and his 35 points remained active, though, as he scored nine straight for Toronto to give his team a five-point lead with under a minute left.

The Raptors were without point guard Kyle Lowry after the three-time All-Star bruised his tailbone during Monday's overtime win at Brooklyn. A deflection here, diving for the ball there, it all adds up to winning basketball. and the Toronto Raptors are clearly playing winning basketball. Jonas Valanciunas was a key piece for Toronto with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and Hassan Whiteside collected 13 points and 15 boards for the Heat, who had dropped their previous five visits to Toronto.

A frustrated DeRozan also said he considered asking for a trade himself when Lowry seemed headed to the Knicks in the 2013-14 season.

Overall, the Raptors' offence wasn't good, making only one three-point shot and shooting under 37% from the field. We understand that the matchup is less than ideal as Miami is known for being one of the better defensive teams in the league, but the opportunity and price point are too great to pass up today.

The inefficient offense of Brooklyn will battle against the top-notch defense of Toronto.

The Raptors are 11-3 in their past 14 games. For Miami, Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery), Okaro White (left foot surgery), Justise Winslow (left knee strain) and Dion Waiters (left ankle sprain) are all out.

The Nets could have let this game slip in regulation and still would have been applauded for fighting back from a bad start and a tough Raptors team. Despite the frustration, this and the game against Boston showed that the Nets can really hang with the best teams in the league. The under is 8-0 in the last eight Miami Tuesday games.

Long before Wayne Ellington had won the game for the playoff-contending Heat with a layup, and DeMar DeRozan had missed with a desperate last-second Hail Mary, this contest at the Air Canada Centre had been defined by testiness.

-Tim Hardaway Jr. will miss his 20th consecutive game Wednesday because of the stress injury to his leg, but he may be closer than expected to returning to the New York Knicks.

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