Video: Raptors Against Heat Turned Into One Giant NBA Brawl

The Toronto Raptors have positioned themselves as legitimate NBA Championship contenders in the Eastern Conference thanks to the sublime skills of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and a talented supporting cast.

Tuesday night against the Miami Heat showed a different side to Canada’s only NBA franchise.

Long before Wayne Ellington had won the game for the playoff-contending Heat with a layup, and DeMar DeRozan had missed with a desperate last-second Hail Mary, this contest at the Air Canada Centre had been defined by testiness.

With seven minutes and 50 seconds to go in the third quarter, the Raptors’ Serge Ibaka and Heat forward James Johnson got into a scuffle.

Punches were thrown by both, as the video below posted by Bleacher Report shows. Ibaka raised his hands as if to absolve himself of blame, but both players were ejected from the game.

The bitterness didn’t end with the buzzer, either, as Goran Dragic and DeRozan began shoving and exchanging apparently angry words.

While Ibaka clearly lost his cool and didn’t help his team by getting ejected, in a way it’s no bad thing for the Raptors to be involved in a bad-tempered game like this. The knock on this team has been its lack of playoff success, and the postseason is going to be full of scuffles like this one.

With the Heat looking like a playoff team, too, there’s a chance these two could meet again come the postseason as they did in the 2016 Eastern Conference semifinals. If so, expect the bad-temperedness to be ramped up several notches more.

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