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Watch: Kyle Lowry's crazy buzzer-beater during Raptors win over Heat

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The Toronto Raptors' dominance in the Eastern Conference continued on Tuesday night as they secured a 115-111 win over the Miami Heat.

The victory guarantees them the best record in the east heading into the All-Star break at 40-16. They also improved their NBA-best home record to 24-4.

Despite all of this, the Raptors were not in a celebratory mood after the game as they were too disappointed with their performance on the night which is a sign of the standards they've set themselves this year.

They were outscored 31-17 in the fourth quarter and missed their final eight shots.

"It was terrible," DeRozan said, per ESPN. "It was a terrible win. We can't close out games like that."

Even though it was an ugly win in the end for the Raptors, they did enjoy some nice moments during the game, particularly at the end of the first half, courtesy of Kyle Lowry.

With Toronto down by one with just a few seconds remaining on the clock, Lowry somehow managed to drain a difficult three-pointer at the buzzer despite barely getting off the ground and with Goran Dragic guarding him closely.

It sent the crowd inside the Air Canada Centre into raptures and ensured that the Raps went into the break with the lead.

The home team led for much of the night but the way they ended the game was a concern for Lowry too.

"I think we all were displeased," Lowry said. "We could have closed it out better."

Chicago Bulls v Toronto Raptors

They held a 112-96 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the contest but back-to-back buckets by Goran Dragic capped a 13-0 run by the Heat to make it 112-109 with 56 seconds remaining.

The Raptors had to rely on their defence to hang onto the win in the end but head coach Dwayne Casey wasn't happy with the way his players took things easy when they built a big lead.

"Closing out games has been an issue for us," Casey said. "We had a comfortable 15-point lead and then we got comfortable."

Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

But being able to claim a victory despite ending the game badly is a sign of how far Toronto have come this season.

In previous years they would've collapsed and lost the game but this current group is made of stronger stuff.

They'll have a chance to put in a better display tonight as they travel to face the Chicago Bulls in their final game before the break.

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NBA
DeMar DeRozan
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Kyle Lowry

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