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The Miami Heat triumphed over the Toronto Raptors with a 112-103 victory, marking a significant turnaround in their performance. The game saw several key players stepping up to lead the Heat to their much-needed win, breaking a recent spell of challenging games.

The star of the night was Caleb Martin, who not only achieved a season-high 24 points but also grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds. His impressive performance was a crucial factor in Miami’s early lead and eventual victory. Martin’s outstanding first quarter, where he scored 15 points and finished the half with 23, was a testament to his growing significance in the team’s lineup, especially after recovering from an earlier injury.

Duncan Robinson also played a pivotal role, especially in the critical moments of the fourth quarter. Scoring 10 of his total 21 points in the last quarter, Robinson’s contribution was vital in securing Miami’s win. His overall performance, including seven assists and six rebounds, demonstrated his ability to step up when it mattered most.

While the Heat felt the absence of All-Star Bam Adebayo, who is known for his dominance in both offense and defense, Orlando Robinson admirably filled the gap. The second-year center, starting in place of Adebayo, finished the game with a double-double, proving his worth and potential for growth.

Jimmy Butler and Jaime Jaquez Jr. also contributed significantly, scoring 19 and 15 points respectively. Their efforts, combined with those of their teammates, resulted in a balanced and effective team performance.

The Heat’s defense was particularly noteworthy in the second half of the game. After conceding 66 points in the first half, they tightened their defense remarkably, allowing only 37 points in the final two quarters. This defensive turnaround was key in reversing the course of the game.

Despite Pascal Siakam’s 30 points for the Raptors and OG Anunoby’s 23, the Toronto team couldn’t maintain their momentum. The Raptors struggled with discipline on the offensive end, which ultimately contributed to their defeat.

The Heat have the opportunity to make it two in a row when they face the Cavs at home. Both Miami and Cleveland are 12-9 and are battling for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

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