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Postgame Breakdown: Raptors 120, Heat 113

TORONTO - By now, it's obvious. The Heat won't win too many shootouts this season. It's not built to do Heat_Raptors_Wade that. Dwyane Wade just doesn't have enough consistent help to outscore teams capable of putting up major points.

Another tough lesson was delivered at the Air Canada Centre, where the Heat watched another team soar above the 100-point mark and hand it yet another demoralizing loss. For all of the encouraging things that came about in the furious comeback, the Heat just couldn't manage to overcome its poor start.

Chris Bosh scored 29 points to lead the balanced Raptors to a 120-113 victory over the Heat. Miami has lost three in a row and four of its last five. It is now 0-5 this season when giving up 100 or more points.

The Heat had to work extremely hard to get back into this game after it fell behind by 23 points. But it couldn't get over the hump. Not when the Raptors are torching for 69 points in the first half and shooting nearly 60 percent from the field and from three-point range.

D. WADE'S DOINGS: Wade didn't exactly emerge from his shooting slump. He was 10 of 24 from the field, 1 of 5 from three-point range and 9 of 10 from the foul line for 30 points. His eight assists, many of which came as he beat two defenders to find open teammates, were impressive down the stretch. But the Heat just can't wait around for Wade to do all of the work early. Or Wade can't try to hard to dominate the ball against double- and triple-teams. One way or another, these guys have to meet in the middle. Amazingly, Wade didn't have a turnover. You would think that a three-game losing streak might frustrate the guy a bit. But credit Wade for keeping things in perspective. He knows what - and who - he is working with. He knows there are going to be rough patches during the season. He can't do it all by himself.

Heat_Raptors_Bosh TURNING POINT: This game was truly a tale of two halves. But the biggest twist came at the finish, when the Raptors used a 14-3 run to pull away after Miami pulled to 102-101 with less than four minutes left. Four different Raptors scored during that decisive run, with Andrea Bargnani putting his team ahead to stay. Miami simply expended too much energy to get back and had nothing left to finish.

LOSING EDGE:A Heat defense that once ranked among the league's stingiest teams surrendered 43 points in the second quarter and was outscored by 18 points. Toronto set the tone with its penetration and kick-outs to open shooters. The Raptors shot 79 percent in that quarter, including 67 percent from three-point rang. Seven Toronto players had at least four points in the quarter.

HEAD-SCRATCHER: Joel Anthony played less than half as many minutes as Jermaine O'Neal, yet had nearly twice as many rebounds. This on a night when the Heat needed all hands on deck to compensate for the injuries to Haslem and Richardson, two of the team's top defenders and rebounders. O'Neal did add 17 points and was a factor when the offense flowed through him, which wasn't enough in stretches.

KEY CONTRIBUTION: Mario Chalmers scored a career-high 30 points, including 24 in the second half and 16 in the fourth quarter. It was an encouraging outing, albeit in a loss, from Chalmers. He needed a game Chalmers-mug like this. Wade needed help in the backcourt. He also needed the balance and aggressive play from Michael Beasley, who finished with a solid doube-double. The question, as Spoelstra posed to the media - and presumably his team - after the game, is who is going to continue to step up and play with consistency?

NEXT UP:Hornets at Heat, 6 p.m. Sunday AmericanAirlines Arena.

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