Heat escapes with overtime win over Raptors behind triple-double from Jimmy Butler

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TORONTO -- The Heat entered its three-game trip looking to pick up quality road wins.

Tuesday's victory certainly qualifies, with the Heat (15-5) defeating the Raptors 121-110 in overtime to give Toronto (15-5) its first loss of the season at Scotiabank Arena.

Jimmy Butler led the way for the Heat with a triple-double performance that included 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in 41 minutes. It marked the fifth triple-double of Butler's NBA career, and he became the 10th different Heat player to accomplish the feat.

The Heat led by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter and led by seven with 1:59 to play. But the Raptors closed regulation on an 8-1 run to force overtime, as the Heat missed its final three shots of the fourth quarter.

With the score tied at 108, the Heat had a chance to avoid overtime. But Butler missed what would have been a game-winning three as time expired in the fourth quarter.

Butler made up for that missed shot, though, scoring the first eight points of overtime to put the Heat in control. Miami outscored Toronto 13-2 in overtime.

Duncan Robinson also had a big night for the Heat, finishing with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 shooting on threes. When it was done, five Heat players finished with double-digit points, a list that also included Bam Adebayo (18 points and seven rebounds), Justise Winslow (17 points, nine rebounds and four assists) and Kelly Olynyk (16 points and six rebounds).

With guard Goran Dragic unavailable because of a strained right groin, the Heat needed that balanced attack.


Guard Dion Waiters was active and in uniform Tuesday, but he did not play. Waiters has yet to play this season.

The Raptors duo of Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry combined for 27 points on 7-of-32 shooting.

Next up for the Heat is a matchup against the Celtics on Wednesday to complete the challenging back-to-back set and three-game trip. Miami is 2-0 on the trip, which began with Sunday's win over the Nets.

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