This was the one that was supposed to get away.

This was the sort of game the Raptors are supposed to lose — back-to-back, on the road, lowered expectations after three overtime games in four and a letdown loss in Miami the night before.

"Everybody's questioned our toughness," coach Dwane Casey said. "Anybody who doesn't feel like we're in this to win it, they're totally wrong."

Casey understands how swagger works. It's not about the one you just won. It's about the expectation of more to come. At the very least, one man in this organization now expects good tidings rather than wishing on them.

Toronto won their 16th on the year — and fourth this season against Orlando — on a buzzer-beater from DeMar DeRozan. It finished 97-95.

Everything about the end suggested a familiar downward trajectory.

The four-point lead with a minute remaining blown.

Terrence Ross losing track of J.J. Redick, then finding him again just in time to foul him on a made three-point shot. Casey would later call Ross "the happiest guy in the gym."

DeRozan hip checked into Amir Johnson under the Raptor basket, costing the team a crucial rebound.

It had that extra period feel. That losing extra period feel.

With four seconds left, the ball was going to end up in DeRozan's hands. He'd made six of seven in the quarter. Orlando knew it. Toronto's attempt to set up an iso was thwarted. DeRozan sprinted instead for the left corner — he prefers shooting form the right — and launched a speculative shot a step inside the three-point line.

"They just put the ball into my hands," DeRozan said afterward, no little amount of pride in his voice. "It was up to me to make something happen."