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NBA: Kyle Lowry returns to Toronto to power Heat victory

/ 02:56 PM April 04, 2022
Tyler Herro #14 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat celebrate after scoring in the second half against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on April 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE

Tyler Herro #14 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat celebrate after scoring in the second half against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on April 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.  Quinn Harris/Getty Images/AFP 

Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 10 assists in his return to Toronto, leading the visiting Miami Heat past the Raptors 114-109 Sunday night.

Max Strus scored all of his 23 points in the second half for the Heat (51-28), who have won four straight.

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A video tribute and long ovation greeted Lowry, nine-year Raptor, who returned to play in Toronto for the first time since joining the Heat in the offseason.

Fred VanVleet scored 29 points and set a team record for 3-pointers in a season for the Raptors (45-33), who had a five-game winning streak end.

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VanVleet’s third 3-pointer in the first quarter gave him the team record of 239 for a season, surpassing Lowry’s 238 set in 2017-18. VanVleet finished with four 3-pointers.

Tyler Herro added 18 points for the Heat. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Markieff Morris added 10.

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Pascal Siakam added 29 points for Toronto, and Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. each had 19.

The Heat, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, took a one-point lead into the fourth.

Lowry’s 3-pointer gave Miami a two-point lead with 6:08 to play. Strus’ 3-pointer bumped the margin to five. Strus made a 3-pointer and Miami led by seven with 2:57 left. The lead reached 10 on Oladipo’s 3-pointer.

Siakam’s jumper and free throw cut the lead to six with 1:42 left, but Herro came back with a jumper. Chris Boucher’s dunk cut the lead to four with 15.2 seconds left. Herro made one of two free throws to close the scoring.

VanVleet had 17 points in the first quarter and the Raptors led 34-28.

Toronto led 55-45 at halftime.

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Lowry’s steal and layup cut the lead to five with 10:35 to play in the third quarter. Lowry set up Strus for a 3-pointer with 2:40 to play and Miami led by one. Miami led 79-78 after three quarters.

Jimmy Butler (toe) P.J. Tucker (knee) and coach Erik Spoelstra (COVID-19 protocol) were out for Miami. Chris Quinn coached the Heat.

OG Anunoby (quadriceps) was out for Toronto.

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