Recap: Heat 81, Raptors 72



Posted Jul 14, 2013 1:28 AM

Buoyed by a 23-2 run to end the third quarter, the Miami Heat came back to defeat the Toronto Raptors 81-72 on day two of the 2013 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV's campus. D.J. Kennedy and James Nunnally led Miami with 16 points apiece in the winning effort.

Miami held the Raptors to one field goal over the final 7:58 of the third quarter to help turn a 50-37 deficit into a 60-52 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Fresh off an Orlando Pro Summer League stint with the Heat, Kennedy scored or assisted on eight of Miami's first 13 points of that pivotal run. Toronto made a late charge in the fourth quarter after falling behind by 16 points, but could not get closer than seven in the waning moments.

The first half of the contest belonged to Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas, as the No. 5 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft dominated the paint en route to 20 points in 14 first-half minutes. The Lithuania native finished Saturday night's tilt with 23 points on 8-10 shooting and 7-9 free-throwing while hauling in seven boards.

Valanciunas received assistance from fellow regular-season Raptor Quincy Acy, who neared a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds. Chris Wright, who has NBA experience with the Golden State Warriors, was the only other Raptor alongside Valanciunas to register double digits with 10 points.

Kennedy and Nunnally were two of four Heat players to score at least 10. Jarvis Varnado, who won an NBA title with the Heat last season, contributed 13 points, five rebounds and four blocks in a starting role, while Michael Dunigan added 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

This game also had a little hometown flavor to it, as former UNLV Runnin' Rebel Anthony Marshall returned to his collegiate home court to the loudest ovation of the day when he checked in off the Heat bench in the first quarter. His left-wing three to cut Toronto's lead to 25-24 late in the first quarter also drew loud cheers, and he finished the game with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Miami is back at it Sunday at 7:00 p.m. PT when it takes on Atlanta at COX Pavilion, while the Raptors also play Sunday night, taking on the San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. PT inside the Thomas & Mack Center.