Game Rap - Raptors @ Heat

Raptors Fold In Fourth Quarter Against Wade, Heat

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Jay Satur

March 28, 2010
American Airlines Arena
Miami, FL

DeMar DeRozan made the most out of his move to the bench on Friday, constantly driving right at the rim and scoring 15 points on seven-of-eight shooting to lead all Raptors reserves.

"We will evaluate each game and look at it," said Triano of the rookie's new role. "I thought he came off the bench and gave us great energy. He was very solid and made good plays, drove the ball to the basket. Played some of his best basketball."


For the second straight game, the opposition ramped up the defensive pressure in the fourth and a big Raptors lead slipped away.

On Sunday, Toronto entered the fourth with a 10-point cushion and maintained their lead for nearly six minutes. But Miami responded with a 19-7 run over the final 6:12 led by Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem. Remarkably, the Raptors had a chance to tie or win the game with a defensive stop and a bucket with 26 seconds to play, but Jose Calderon intentionally fouled Carlos Arroyo, who put the game away with six free throws the rest of the way.


Dwyane Wade had a monster game against the Raptors, scoring a game-high 32 points on 11-18 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and three blocks.

Wade scored the final eight points of the third quarter to bring the Heat back to within ten points and was big in the fourth -- either by scoring or setting up Haslem for open looks during the decisive run.


Third quarters were a problem for the Raptors after the All-Star Break , but of late, it's the final 12 minutes that are the bigger concern.

Toronto has not outscored an opponent in the fourth quarter in five straight games. The last time it occurred was in a blowout loss to the Thunder on March 19. More troubling might be the fact that the deficits in the final frame have been increasing, culminating in Miami outscoring Toronto by 13 in the fourth on Sunday.


""We had a hard time getting open looks and any play that we ran, they were right there sitting in our lap. We swing the ball, they close out, that's why they're the number two defensive team in the NBA in field goal percentage against. They cranked it up in the fourth quarter and held us to six-for-20 from the field."

- Head coach Jay Triano on the loss.


Mon., March 29 @ Charlotte Bobcats
7:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN590)


Following Sunday's collapse, the Raptors (35-37) head to Charlotte for their biggest game of the season so far against the Bobcats (38-34). With a win, Toronto remains within striking distance of the Bobcats for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. A loss concedes a share of the eighth seed to the idle Chicago Bulls, who enter Monday a half game back of the Raptors. The season series between Toronto and Charlotte is tied 1-1, meaning that Monday's winner will earn the tiebreaker in head-to-head play if necessary.

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The Numbers


Number of minutes for Hedo Turkolgu, who was in uniform and available to play in Sunday's loss


Points in the paint favouring the Heat


Number of games under .500 for the Raptors. They haven't been there since Jan. 2


Biggest lead of the night for the Raptors with 5:14 to play in the third


Number of points in the final minute made by former Raptor Carlos Arroyo
They Said It...

Jarrett Jack

"They made a run at us. I thought we withstood it for the most part. We went though a stretch where we weren't getting shots. I thought we took pretty care of the basketball. It just came down to them making plays."
- Jarrett Jack on the loss.

Chris Bosh

"They put Dwayne in pick-and-rolls and we just didn't guard it the right way. We let him do anything he wanted."
- Chris Bosh on defending Wade.

Joel Anthony

"I keep myself ready for whatever is going to happen. I was just trying to do my job out there. Carlos and Dwyane did a real good job of finding me for some easy baskets.''
- Montreal native Joel Anthony on starting and scoring 13 points.