The Miami Heat never led once in the contest as they dropped a 99-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Heat, who are now down three games to two in the series, face playoff elimination when they play their next game at home on Friday.
Toronto ripped through with nine consecutive points to begin the contest and held the Heat scoreless in the first four minutes of the opening frame. The Raptors finished off a 17-4 spurt in the first six minutes and had a double-digit margin. They dominated the first and were ahead 28-18 after one quarter. The Heat trailed 55-35 with four minutes left in the second quarter, scored ten straight points and were down 55-45 at halftime.
Both teams began the second half very sloppy in their field-goal shooting. Miami cut the deficit to 57-51 with 9:20 to go in the third and was behind 75-62 after three quarters. Toronto led by 13 points with 8:33 left in the fourth then the Heat followed with a 13-4 run and cut the margin to 88-87 with 1:54 to go. Kyle Lowry would later nail a three-point shot from the top of the arc for the Raptors to make it 93-87 with 52.5 seconds remaining.