Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – LeBron James sank four free throws and grabbed a key rebound in the last 16 seconds as the Miami Heat escaped with a 102-97 win over a tough Toronto Raptors side Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
After the Raptors came within 98-97 after a layup by Jonas Valanciunas, James drew a foul from Terrence Ross and made two foul shots.
On the next play, Udonis Haslem blocked a layup attempt Kyle Lowly. The Raptors grabbed the offensive board but Lowly missed a 26-foot attempt from beyond the arc.
James then grabbed the rebound and drew another foul from Ross. He calmly sank two foul shots to put the game away as the Heat (26-8) won their second straight game.
James scored 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting, Michael Beasley added 17 off the bench while Dwyane Wade had 14 points and nine boards for the Heat.
Chris Bosh scored just eight points but grabbed 11 boards as the Heat outrebounded the Raptors, 42-34.
Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers scored just four points in 15 minutes of play before he left the game due to tendinitis in his right Achilles.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points while Amir Johnson and Valanciunas added 17 points apiece for the Raptors (16-16), who saw their five-game winning run come to an end.
Lowry had 14 points and nine assists while Patrick Patterson had 11 off the bench for the Raptors, who led by as many as nine midway through the third period.
With the Heat clinging to a 52-51 lead, the Raptors launched a 12-2 attack to take a 63-56 lead in the third.
Valanciunas later extend their lead to 77-68 with 4:56 left in the third before the Heat tied the game with a 9-0 run behind four points from Ray Allen.
However, the Raptors outscored the Heat, 7-2, in the last 1:08 to take an 84-79 lead entering the fourth period.