NBA Recap: Miami Beats Toronto, 93-83 Takes Over East's Top Spot [PHOTOS]

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  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    DeMar Derozan had 16 points and 7 rebounds for Toronto. Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    DeMar Derozan had 16 points and 7 rebounds for Toronto. Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and rebounds Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and rebounds Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    Coupled with a loss by the Indiana Pacers, the Heat are now No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    LeBron James had 32 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    LeBron James had 32 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists Reuters
  • Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
    LeBron James had 32 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists Reute
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Thanks to a loss by the Indiana Pacers and a 93-83 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Miami Heat now find themselves atop the Eastern Conference.

Led by LeBron James' 32 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Miami improved to 51-22 for the season as the Pacers, which lost to the San Antonio Spurs via a 103-77 blowout also on Monday, dropped to 52-23 and the 2nd seed. The team are pegged to meet in the East Finals and whoever comes out with the top seed will get the homecourt advantage in that series.

Playing without Dwyane Wade who missed the game because of a strained left hamstring, the Heat had ample support from Chris Bosh (18 points), Mario Chalmers (12 points and 4 assists) and Chris Andersen (13 points and 7 rebounds).

Greivis Vasquez (17 points), DeMar DeRozan (16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 stea ) and Jonas Valanciunas (14 points and 10 rebounds) led the Raptors, which remained as the 3rd seed in the conference despite the loss. Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 4 assists before leaving in the third quarter after a collision with James.

View the slideshow for the photos in the TOR-MIA game on Monday night.

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