Published November 29, 2013
| Sports Network
(SportsNetwork.com) - The two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat, hope to extend the longest current win streak in the league on Friday when they visit the Toronto Raptors.
The Heat have taken eight in a row and haven't lost since a disappointing 111-110 home setback to the Boston Celtics on Nov. 9.
Miami has won four straight away from home since opening the season with consecutive road losses in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
The Heat picked up a 95-84 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. LeBron James led the way for the Heat against his former team with 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
"For us, and for me, coming here with a focus of trying to get a win on the road is the main thing and we were able to do that," said James, who hosted the Heat for Thanksgiving dinner at his Cleveland home.
Dwyane Wade added 22 points and Michael Beasley continued his career resurgence with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting.
The Heat return home for two straight after Friday's test in Toronto.
Believe it or not, the Raptors, at 6-8, are the leaders of the Atlantic Division by a game.
The Raptors saw a two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday when they fell 102-100 to the Brooklyn Nets at home.
The Raptors never led in the second half but got as close as 77-76 in the final minute of the third quarter before the Nets went on a 14-4 run to rebuild their double-digit lead.
Rudy Gay made a 3-pointer with 23.7 seconds to go to pull the Raptors within 101-100, capping a furious 14-0 flurry that made things interesting down the stretch, but Brooklyn held on for the win.
"We waited too long to lock down and throw a punch back," DeMar DeRozan said.
The backcourt combination of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry paced Toronto with 27 and 24 points, respectively, while Gay struggled with just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting to go with seven turnovers.
The Raptors are home for one more before hitting the road for a trip west.
The Heat have won 12 in a row over the Raptors, including a 104-95 decision in Toronto on Nov. 5.