MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 32
points, and the Miami Heat rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the
Toronto Raptors 97-94 on Sunday night.
Miami outscored Toronto 19-7 in the
final 6:12, taking the lead for good at 91-89 on Carlos Arroyo's jumper
with 59 seconds remaining. He made it a four-point game with two free
throws with 22 seconds remaining.
Jarrett Jack hit a 3-pointer with 1.8
seconds left to cut the Miami lead to 95-94, but Arroyo secured the
Heat's fifth consecutive victory with two free throws with 1.4 seconds
Arroyo converted eight free throws in
the final 22 seconds and Udonis Haslem scored 11 of his 23 points in the
fourth quarter for the Heat, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Haslem had eight points during the fourth-quarter comeback.
Chris Bosh led Toronto with 19 points.
Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon each
hit two 3-pointers during a 16-5 run midway through the third quarter.
Calderon's second came with 5:14 remaining, capping the spurt and giving
the Raptors a 72-55 lead.
Bargnani finished with 19 points and
Calderon with 12.
The Heat played without starting
center Jermaine O'Neal, who sat out with a hyperextended right knee.
O'Neal was injured in the first quarter of Miami's victory at Milwaukee
on Friday night.
Joel Anthony replaced O'Neal in the
Miami starting lineup and shot 6-of-6 from the field for 13 points.
Jack scored 11 points in the second
quarter, helping the Raptors build a 49-43 halftime lead after the Heat
led 26-23 at the end of the first period.
The Heat and Raptors finished
their season series 2-2. … Jack jumped and tumbled over the Raptors'
TV broadcast crew while chasing a loose ball in the second quarter. …
The comeback was Miami's biggest of the season, surpassing a 13-point
deficit and win at Phoenix on Jan. 8.
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