January 23, 2016 12:06 am

DeRozan powers Raptors to seventh straight win as Toronto downs Heat

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan scores on Miami Heat's Amar'e Stoudemire during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Friday January 22, 2016.


TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan poured in 33 points Friday night as the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to seven games with a 101-81 victory over the injury-riddled Miami Heat.

It marks Toronto’s longest winning string under coach Dwane Casey and the franchise’s longest run of victories since a nine-game stretch in 2002.

The Heat never led and trailed by as many as 20 as they lost their fourth straight and seventh of their last eight.

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DeRozan, looking to join teammate Kyle Lowry at next month’s all-star game in Toronto, came out on fire and had 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in the first half. His nine field goals made in the half were a career high.

It’s the second time in DeRozan’s career that he has scored 30 or more points in three straight games. He came into the contest averaging 23.1 points per game for the season.

Lowry had 15 points on the night, with the crowd chanting MVP as he went to the line in the final minutes.

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