“The Heat waited about 44 minutes before it began taking Sunday’s game seriously.
Sure, Miami started the game impressively but it wasn’t until the lowly Toronto Raptors cut the lead to five points that Erik Spoelstra went with his new failsafe, moving LeBron James to point guard and crossing his fingers.
For the second straight game, it worked.
The Heat (18-6), which led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, watched its lead dwindle to one possession before pulling ahead comfortably in the final minutes. The 95-89 victory against the Raptors kept the Heat undefeated (5-0) against teams of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division.
“We came into this game knowing we wouldn’t be able to take any shortcuts and it would be a work game,” Spoelstra said. “We would have to work the game for 48 minutes.””