TORONTO – The Raptors won their first game of the season by beating the first-place Miami Heat 107-94, ending Toronto’s longest losing streak since 2003.

Chris Bosh had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Raptors, who opened the season 0-9 -the worst start in their 11-year history. Mike James added 25 points for Toronto.

The Raptors went on a 18-2 run late in the fourth to seal the victory, and end their longest losing streak since a 12-game skid from Dec. 18, 2002-Jan. 10, 2003.

Toronto’s win leaves the Atlanta Hawks as the NBA’s only winless team.

Dwyane Wade had 33 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, who were missing an injured Shaquille O’Neal. Wade scored six straight points and assisted on Jason Kapono’s open 3-pointer, giving Miami a 86-80 lead with six minutes left.

But Toronto followed with its decisive 18-2 run. Bosh made layup, Rose made an open 3-pointer and Bosh made another layup, giving Toronto a 87-86 lead – their first of the game.

Rookie Charlie Villanueva followed with a layup, Mike James made a layup and Villanueva made another layup to give the Raptors a 93-88 lead with 2:27 left.

James followed with a 3-pointer and Bosh made a short jumper off the glass to make it 98-88 with less than two minutes left.

Toronto got off to another slow start in the first quarter, missing 16 of their first 19 shots from the field and trailing by 11 after one.

Antoine Walker made consecutive 3-pointers to give Miami a 15-point lead in the second quarter – their biggest lead of the game.

Toronto cut the lead to five by the end of the half and Morris Peterson’s 3-pointer early in the second half tied it at 50.

Notes: O’Neal sprained his ankle Nov. 3 and still is at least one week away from returning to the lineup. … The Raptors assigned forward Pape Sow to the Arkansas RimRockers of the NBA Development League. … Toronto outrebounded Miami 47-39.

AP-ES-11-20-05 1549EST


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