The Miami Heat (45-36) dominated the Toronto Raptors (25-56) with a resounding 125-103 victory, showcasing their determination to secure a playoff spot and avoid the play-in tournament.

Led by Nikola Jovic’s 22 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr.’s all-around performance with 20 points and nine assists, the Heat displayed their playoff-caliber form, keeping their postseason aspirations alive.

Bam Adebayo contributed 19 points, Tyler Herro added 18, while Jimmy Butler and Kevin Love each chipped in with 14 points.

Despite the Raptors’ spirited effort, highlighted by RJ Barrett’s standout performance of 35 points and 11 rebounds, Toronto struggled to contain Miami.

Heading into Sunday’s rematch against the Raptors, the Heat remain poised to determine their playoff destiny, with the possibility of securing a higher seed in the Eastern Conference standings.