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Kawhi Leonard had 22 points for Toronto, Serge Ibaka had 12 points while Marc Gasol had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and Johnson had 18 for the Heat.

For the 25th and likely final time, 13-time All-Star and three-time National Basketball Association champion Dwyane Wade took the floor at Scotiabank Arena.

The Heat remained ninth - one place removed from the playoffs - after their 111-109 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night.

Miami entered the game with its destiny still in its own hands, knowing that victories in its 3 final regular season fixtures would carry it into the postseason. Down the stretch of the fourth quarter and in overtime, he knocked down a number of hard shots and had the ball in his hands in the game's most crucial moments.

With nowhere to move in the standings, this would normally be the time Nurse would be paring back the minutes big-time for those players that have logged the most this season. But his shot with 10 seconds to play bounced off the rim. Adebayo's dunk got the lead to three before Leonard's 3-pointer tied it again. The three-pointer put Toronto up by seven points with 39 seconds to play and it was all but game over.

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Raptors coach Nick Nurse said rather than resting players, he was leaning toward "playing these (last two games) out", in hopes of home-court in a potential National Basketball Association finals series against Golden State. "It's a pretty short window to get ready for that first game - so I'm looking a little bit but my assistants are looking a little harder right now".

The Raptors bench proved to be unreliable once more in the first quarter. Heading into Sunday's schedule of games, just a game-and-a-half separated No. 6 through 9 in the East - Brooklyn, Orlando, Detroit and Miami.

Wade, who was supposed to receive the inbounds pass, ended up not touching the ball on Miami's final possession in the fourth quarter.

Facing a desperate team is excellent preparation ahead of the playoffs, as there is a playoff-like intensity and in today's case, the atmosphere in Scotiabank Arena.

When asked what coaching Wade has meant to him, Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said he "could go on for days". Even though I got a long life to live, other great things I can accomplish and do, it's not this.

We saw the Raptors make a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat by six points while holding them to just 36-percent in the quarter. "That's why he transcends the game and has such a global following". The bench was -11 in the opening quarter and the Heat led by one, not ideal.

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