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Raptors regroup to defeat Heat after blowing lead

Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors recovered in the second half after blowing a 21-point lead to beat the Miami Heat 101-81 on Friday night.

Toronto recovers in 2nd half after letting 21-point lead slip away

Norman Powell (24) of the Toronto Raptors goes up for a shot during his team's 101-81 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors recovered in the second half after blowing a 21-point lead to beat the Miami Heat 101-81 on Friday night.

Pascal Siakam had 15 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who never trailed on their way to avenging a 111-102 loss to the Heat on Wednesday night.

"This was pretty much night and day," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said of his team's defensive effort. "We were definitely flying around on D. It's a good two-game scenario in that we learned a lesson. In the NBA, if you come out and you don't play, you're going to get beat."

Kendrick Nunn led the Heat (6-8) with 20 points, but the injury-riddled defending Eastern Conference champions made just seven of 31 3-point shots (22.7%) in losing for the fourth time in six games. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Raptors (6-9) led 34-13 when Powell's layup completed an 18-2 run with 2:52 left in the first quarter. They were 8 of 11 on 3-point shots in the period.

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"I thought we did a good job of not getting stagnant. We kept moving, cutting, and we were able to make plays off that movement," Powell said.

Powell, starting in place of the injured Kyle Lowry, scored 19 points in the first half, and the Raptors survived another dose of Miami's confusing zone defence.

"We would have had a really good offensive night, too, without all those turnovers," said Nurse.

Toronto shot 46% overall with 22 turnovers.

Goran Dragic had two layups and a baseline jumper and Gabe Vincent added three layups in a 19-5 Miami run that opened the second half and tied it at 61.

But Powell answered with a layup, launching a 12-0 Toronto run, and the Heat never recovered.

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