Tempers flare as Heat silence Raptors for fifth straight win

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The two forwards got tangled up in the third quarter of the Heat's 90-89 win when Ibaka tried to post up on Johnson, with the two leaning on each other. A weave is done by three of their players before one of them goes near Kelly Olynyk, who sets a hard screen to allow his teammate to easily catch the ball.

Lowry got up briefly before then sprawling out on the court again with pain in both his back and legs. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Ibaka tried to create separation with his forearms, resulting in Johnson slapping Ibaka's arm down.

Johnson, who happens to hold a black belt and has competed in mixed martial arts in his past, actually seemed to be simply responding to Ibaka, who threw something of a forearm/elbow shiver in his direction.

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As of October 7, 2016 (AEDT), Johnson - who's listed at 6-8 and 250 pounds - had fought in seven MMA and 20 kickboxing matches, according to the Post.

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Ibaka finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds , while Johnson tallied two field goals.

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DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points as the Raptors lost for the first time in six games and failed to break the franchise record for consecutive home victories.

"It certainly felt like there was something at stake from the very tip, and that's the way it should be in this league, " said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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