After the Heat built their biggest lead in the third quarter at 73-55, the Raptors ramped up the defence and climbed within five with three minutes to play. The Heat restored a 10-point lead, but the Raptors used a 14-8 run to clip the lead to 91-87 with 6:25 to play in the fourth.
The Heat's two other stars however, took over from there. LeBron James found Udonis Haslem with a lob pass, Dwyane Wade followed with a pair of sensational drives and then James added another thunderous slam to put the Heat up by 12 and the game out of reach.
Just another big game for Dwyane Wade against the Raptors, as he consistently responded to the scrappy Raptors and provided a prime example of how a star can drag your team to the finish line if they're not bringing their 'A' game.
Wade posted 31 points (11-16 FGM-A) with eight rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in the Heat victory. Eleven of those points came in the second quarter with another 10 coming down the stretch in the fourth. The only blemish? Five free throw misses in 14 trips to the line, many of which came when the Raptors were making their run.
The Raptors got a nice lift inside from Joey Dorsey on Saturday, as the big man was given his greatest amount of floor time this season and responded with 11 boards, one shy of his career-high -- and three steals in just under 16 minutes of work.
When the Raptors get some other big bodies returning to full strength, it's likely going to be tough for Dorsey to find the necessary minutes to build on this performance, but he was impressive Saturday with his tenacious play and professional approach when his name was called.
"I thought our guys played their butts off. They played really hard. You know, we're down three regulars in the lineup, we had to dig deep and we had guys that came in and played hard and didn't back down and played aggressive basketball. I can't ask anything more from our guys than what they gave me tonight."
- Jay Triano, on the effort from his shorthanded lineup.
Tues., Nov.16 vs. Heat
7 PM ET, TSN, FAN590
With their record now at 1-1 on this East Coast trip, the Raptors move on to Washington for their first look at first overall pick John Wall and the Wizards. Washington has also struggled early on this season with a 2-6 record, but the play of Wall (18.4 ppg, 10.3 apg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 spg) has been a major bright spot. The Raptors went 2-1 last season vs. the Wizards, including a thrilling 109-107 OT win in Washington.
|11||Number of Raptors' turnovers, matching a season low|
|44-38||Rebounding totals favouring the Raptors|
|17||Raptors assists on 37 made field goals|
|40-32||Points in the paint favouring the Heat|
|64.8||Shooting percentage for Amir Johnson this season (35-for-54)|
|“When it comes to me and Sonny, we ain't scared of nobody at the end of the day."|
- DeMar DeRozan, on his aggressive approach with his drive
|"I'm glad we got it out of the way. I'm glad we got to play each other. I'm glad we won, most importantly."|
- Chris Bosh on facing the Raptors
|"Ok, our record is not so good, but so be (it). Even like that, we're going to play hard for 48 minutes and we're going to give teams a hard time to beat us."|
- Jose Calderon, on continuing to battle