In the end Wednesday night, the four were on the floor, four men with a combined 35 All-Star selections, four men giving all in attendance a sense of how they earned them.

There was LeBron James, putting the finishing touches on a triple-double with five more rebounds. There was Ray Allen, connecting from the corner for a 3-point dagger. There was Dwyane Wade, again in vintage form, driving, deking, scoring, with six of his season-high 35 points in the overtime.

And there was Chris Bosh, his contributions more subtle in this 123-116 victory against the Raptors, and yet even more welcome, standing tall by doing all the so-called small things, even if it might have been a bit too late to win over the coaches choosing the All-Star Game reserves.

"I saw the ball, and I went to go get it," Bosh said. "Rebounding is simple."

It has been elusive for him at times of late, but not Wednesday, and his effort on both ends was a constant as Miami struggled initially to get its bearings after a five-day layoff and fell behind by 15.

Bosh attacked the glass with vigor unseen from him in recent weeks — rather than waiting for caroms to come to him, he soared after them and snatched them down, or tipped them to himself until he could control. He had a dozen of Miami's 53 rebounds, which dwarfed Toronto's 28, and that made up for the Heat missing 14 foul shots and forcing only eight turnovers.

He was also active as the last line of defense, including on one possession late in regulation when he stepped up and closed down the lane after Wade forced DeMar DeRozan to the left. That strong defensive sequence gave the Heat a shot to win, and James dribbled down the clock before launching from 21 feet with 1.6 seconds remaining.

"One shot," James said. "We either are going to go home with the win or go to overtime. I got a clean look. I thought it was down; it just hit the back rim."

For Wade, the overtime would be an extension of regulation. All night, seeing how the Raptors were playing pick-and-rolls, he had been on the attack. That led to 15 free throws, something he called "foreign" these days, and he only converted nine. But his most fruitful foray toward the basket was the one that led to someone else's spoils.