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Postgame Breakdown: Raptors 111, Heat 103

TORONTO - It's back to sixth in the Eastern Conference Standings for the Miami Heat. Heat Raptors Main

Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani combined for 51 points on 24-of-41 shooting from the field to drop the Heat 111-103 on Wednesday at Air Canada Center. With the victory, Toronto (24-22) moved a half game ahead of the Heat (23-22). More important, the Raptors are 2-1 against Miami this season and have taken control of the tie-breaker.

This is what happens when Michael Beasley isn't on the court. The Heat got 35 points from Dwyane Wade, 22 from Jermaine O'Neal and 16 from Udonis Haslem. But each one of them had to burn extra energy and play extra minutes just to keep up. The rotation was out of whack. And the team ran out of gas at the end.

The Heat had only four field goals over the final eight minutes of the game. It didn't have enough left to respond to Toronto's final push at the end. Beasley hyper-extended his right knee minutes into the game and had six points and six rebounds in eight minutes. He did not play the second half.

"We stall," center Jermaine O'Neal said of the Heat's struggles down the stretch. "We go on some serious droughts. Some teams are built to go through challenges like that. We haven't been able to do that. We get gassed a little bit. We need more than two, three or four guys. We need everybody."

D. WADE'S DOINGS: Wade took the loss to Cleveland pretty hard and vowed that he would come out and try to remove the bitter taste from his mouth in his return to the court. He came out on a mission against the Raptors. Wade had 21 points in the first half and 31 through three quarters before he shifted gears, assumed the point guard duties and set the Heat up for another close finish. After missing 7 of 16 free throws, including two in the final minute, against Cleveland, Wade came out and hit his first eight from the line. He also made 11 of his first 19 shots entering the fourth quarter.But Wade missed four of his final six shots from the field and was 1 of 6 from three-point range. He played the entire second half. He said he felt good after the game and that the added minutes didn't bother him. But he was encased in ice packs.

TURNING POINT: After the Heat cut it to 106-103 with 1:07 left, the Raptors supporting cast put the game Bosh screaming away. Jose Calderon hit a free throw and Antoine Wright nailed a huge three-pointer from the corner to push the lead to 110-103. The Heat had a combination of turnovers and missed along the way.

WINNING/LOSING EDGE: Toronto shot 61 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, the Heat was 35.6 percent.

HEAD-SCRATCHER: You have to wonder how serious Michael Beasley's knee injury might be, considering the way things shook out Wednesday. Beasley got his right leg tangled with Raptors swingman Sonny Weems with seven minutes left in the first quarter as Beasley was about to jump to catch a lob pass at the rim from Rafer Alston. Instead, Beasley crashed to the ground, yelled and immediately grabbed his right knee as he rolled on the court in pain. It was initially diagnosed as a hyper-extended knee and Beasley was treated in the locker room. He returned midway through the second quarter, played another four minutes and then went back to the bench. He came back out with the team after halftime, but sat on the bench as Udonis Haslem opened the third quarter at power forward. Beasley did not play the rest of the game. You'd have to hope, for the Heat's sake, that Beasley didn't do any further damage when he was allowed back into the game in the second quarter. The Heat is off Thursday and plays at Detroit on Friday.

KEY CONTRIBUTION: With Beasley out, Haslem opened the second half at power forward. He closed with another double-double. Haslem entered Wednesday's game tied with Rony Seikaly for first place in franchise history with 14 double-doubles off the bench. Haslem moved into the lead with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

NEXT UP: Heat at Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m. Friday - The Palace

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