MIAMI, Oct. 31 (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning
had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Eddie Jones
scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat opened their season with a 97-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Miami's Alonzo Mourning was his old, intimidating self against Vince Carter and the Raptors.
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Mourning, the heart of the Heat and one of the most dominating players in the league before a kidney ailment limited him to 13 games last season, made 7-of-15 shots in 32 minutes. The 6-10 center also blocked four shots.
"It's not like I forgot how to play the game of basketball," Mourning said. "The thing that's not there is the conditioning. The skill level is still there; I didn't lose that. I think we can make some noise. I really feel that. It's a season of ups and downs we just need to establish some consistency."
Jones, who suffered a dislocated shoulder late last season and did not play any exhibition games, made just 6-of-15 shots but answered a 3-pointer by Vince Carter with a 24-footer from the right wing to give the Heat a 94-90 lead with 23 seconds to play.
"I want to be able to get the ball in my hands and create something for this team," Jones said. "I don't mind being the goat. If it goes in, great; if it doesn't, OK. I'm going to put myself into position to make plays for this team."
At the other end, Jones got a piece of the ball as Carter penetrated with the option of passing or shooting. Hakeem Olajuwon grabbed the loose ball after the block but missed an 18-footer from the baseline.
Jones grabbed the rebound and, after getting fouled, sank a pair of free throws to give Miami a 96-90 advantage with 7.9 seconds left. Carter hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds to go, but Kendall Gill knocked down 1-of-2 for the final margin.
Brian Grant recorded 20 points and seven rebounds and Anthony Carter had 11 and seven assists as the Heat won for the 10th time in their last 12 home meetings with the Raptors.
Vince Carter, perhaps slowed by a bruised left knee as a result of a collision with Orlando's Horace Grant in Tuesday's season-opening 114-85 loss at Orlando, made just 6-of-18 shots. The All-Star guard had 20 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes.
Miami coach Pat Riley improved to 16-3 in season openers and picked up his 1,050th career victory. Riley, who has primarily relied on an eight-man rotation during his tenure with the Heat, gave 10 players at least 10 minutes.
Morris Peterson scored 19 points and Alvin Williams added 18 for Toronto, which opened with two straight losses for the second straight season.
Peterson and Carter made 13-of-17 free throws, but the rest of the Raptors shot just 48 percent (11-of-23) from the line.
"It was awful. We missed a lot of free throws," said Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens. "When you get the opportunity to get to the line and it doesn't happen often you have to take advantage."
Toronto's Antonio Davis had 10 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out with 4:21 remaining.
"It's frustrating when the referees make mistakes," Davis said. "You don't want the refs to decide which team they want to win and call the game accordingly."
Sean Marks, who had eight rebounds off the bench, made 1-of-2 free throws after Davis drew his sixth foul to give Miami its biggest lead, 87-76. Carter, who missed all six shots he took in the third period, hit a 3-pointer to pull the Raptors within 87-81 with 3:28 left.
Grant and Williams traded baskets before Olajuwon blocked Jones to trigger a break that ended with a layup by Peterson. After a turnover by Olajuown, Mourning sank a hook from the left baseline to give the Heat a 91-85 lead with 1:38 remaining.
Olajuwon hit a jumper in the lane and was fouled with 47 seconds left, grabbed his own rebound and drew another foul. He rimmed another pair from the line, but a fortunate bounce gave Toronto the ball again and Carter connected from the left wing to cut the deficit to 91-90 with 39 seconds left.
Grant scored 14 points and Mourning added 12 in the first half, when the Heat built a 50-47 lead.
The lead changed seven times in the third period before Miami went ahead for good, 68-66, on a pair of free throws by Marks with 58 seconds left.