"My first year with Kyle (Lowry), (we) didn't say a word to one another", DeRozan said.
The team said he had an acute back spasm and will be reevaluated on Tuesday. He will be reevaluated on Tuesday.
Derrick Jones Jr., signed to a two-way contract by the Heat on December 31, made his first start for Miami in place of Tyler Johnson, who strained his left shoulder going through drills at shootaround earlier in the day.
Adonis De La Rosa topped the Golden Flashes (7-9, 1-2) with 16 points and seven rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.4 percent shooting.
DeRozan won Eastern Conference player of the week honours for the third time this season after averaging an NBA-high 35.7 points in three games last week, highlighted by a franchise-record 52 points in a victory over Milwaukee on January 1.
I know it worked out that DeRozan played about 42 ½ minutes on the night and Lowry played nearly 38 before missing the last 70 seconds or so and that's a higher-than-usual workload. Since the beginning of December, the Raptors have won 14 of 17 games, culminating in a recent blowout victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, 129 to 110.
Lowry was injured while competing for a rebound during overtime Monday in Toronto's 114-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Raptors fall to 28-11, and theirs record at the ACC, which was leading the National Basketball Association, is now second behind the San Antonio Spurs' 18-2 home record.
Busy week: This is a jam-packed week for Toronto.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had an opportunity to win the game for his team with a mid-range jump shot, but missed, giving the Heat their fourth straight win in a row and their eleventh win in their last fifteen games. Ibaka will serve his Thursday when the Raptors host Cleveland. The Heat also blocked a season-high 14 shots in the win.
The next time the two teams meet will be February 13 in Toronto.
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DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 25 points on 10-of-29 shooting - struggling much of the night until the fourth, but his late-game heroics weren't enough. As a team, Miami is averaging 100.9 points per contest.
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