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Wednesday, April 13th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (57-24) at Toronto Raptors (22-59), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The star-studded Miami Heat's final dress rehearsal before the NBA playoffs takes place in Toronto tonight.
The Heat earned the Eastern Conference's second seed and a date with the Philadelphia 76ers in the East quarterfinals with a 98-90 win in Atlanta on Monday, coupled with a Boston overtime loss to Washington.
LeBron James finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds against the Hawks as the Heat nearly blew a 20-point advantage, but got big shots down the stretch -- including two key three-pointers from James Jones -- to win their third straight game.
James added seven assists for the Heat, but also had seven turnovers. Dwyane Wade had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds in the win.
"Sometimes it's not pretty, but we are doing the little things necessary to win," Wade said.
Miami started the season a disappointing 9-8 after bringing in James and Chris Bosh to team with Wade but has closed strongly and a win tonight would give the team its best victory total since finishing 59-23 in 2004-05.
"Staying the course. That's what [coach Erik Spoelstra] has talked about. Staying the course, staying the course, and we will get through everything," James said.
The Raptors will be closing a very disappointing season and have dropped 10 of 12 after Monday's 93-86 setback in Milwaukee.
Jerryd Bayless had a team-best 20 points and DeMar DeRozan netted 17 for Toronto in that one.
Ed Davis had a solid game with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Joey Dorsey went for a career-high 20 boards to go with 10 points in defeat.
"As the game went along (the Bucks) just wore us down," Raptors coach Jay Triano said. "We had some pretty good looks, we just turned it over. Guys were trying to get in the lane but (Milwaukee) did a better job of shutting it down in the second half."
Miami has won four straight and six of eight against Toronto.
04/13 10:54:23 ET
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