But DeRozan says the two Raptors had no relationship in their first year together in Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan put the Raptors ahead by tipping in his own miss with 3.1 seconds left before Ellington answered with the layup that gave Miami its fifth consecutive victory. They are coming off one of the two losses and had not dropped a game at Air Canada Centre before that since November 5.
Kyle Lowry attempted to grab a rebound during an overtime period in Monday night's Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets game, and the sequence ended with the All-Star point guard writhing in pain on the court.
On the season, the Raptors are averaging 112.1 points, 42.8 rebounds and 22.8 assists per game.
The Raptors had staged several comebacks late, but Miami kept surging back. As video and caricatures of the inseparable best friends flashed on the video board, the star point guard was off recuperating and his bestie was struggling through a tough night.
The new timeout rules nearly came into play to hurt the Raptors last night but it also made for a more free-flowing finish to an exciting game.
Like Thomas, DeRozan also avoided a suspension for his role in a separate incident with Goran Dragic on Monday, but he still got fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association.
Toronto last faced Miami in April last season.
The opening five minutes of the game looked like the previous meeting as the Raptors made their first five shots and jumped out to a 13-1 lead against the Nets, who missed their first five shots. The Heat also blocked a season-high 14 shots in the win.
"I knew I could contribute right away", Anunoby told The Comeback, "so just getting healthy was the biggest thing for me".
The NBA does not tolerate any punch thrown, let alone when a punch strikes an opponent.
Second in the league in both deflections and drawn charges is quite significant.
Once order was restored, Miami went on a 15-6 run.
Brooklyn got off to a quick start in the extra period, gaining a four-point lead, but then failed to score on three straight possessions.
The Raptors are 11-3 in their past 14 games.