Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Place Raptors reach 40 wins by outshooting Heat

Place Raptors reach 40 wins by outshooting Heat

The Miami Heat had an opportunity to approach the All-Star Break with a bang on Tuesday night when they traveled north to take on the Eastern Conference's Toronto Raptors. Lowry was fouled and made one, putting Toronto up five with 27 seconds left, but a 3 by Wayne Ellington made it 114-112 with six seconds remaining. "It's a different temperament, a different approach for us", said Casey beforehand. "We stopped executing, stopped moving, stopped cutting, stopped being strong with the ball".

Lowry was up to 13 points and six assists at the intermission.

Dwyane Wade was back in a Heat uniform after they dealt for him at last week's trade deadline. It was his third game since returning to the club in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8. DeRozan was fined $25,000 and Dragic $10,000.

The Raps had passed the Boston Celtics in win percentage a few days earlier, so they were playing this game as the conference top dog.

One fan was bummed about that transaction Tuesday evening. "So, I'm excited about that and looking to see how to help other guys understand how to utilize them, because they're going to open everything up for both of us".

"We nearly conceded, as a bench, that we weren't going to get it there".

Toronto responded with a 10-2 run of its own to erase Miami's lead.

That third quarter ultimately proved fatal.

The Raps were able to reclaim the lead just before the half, thanks to a last-ditch, off-balance three-point attempt from Lowry that went in against all odds.

"It sucks for me that the All-Star break is coming now, trying to get to the rhythm of the team and trying to get into the shape of the game", Wade said. "This is a great fast-breaking team, and if you give them opportunities, they'll tear it up".

Lowry had four of Toronto's three-pointers as part of a 22-point night as the Raptors won for the 24th time in 28 home outings.

The Heat outplayed the Raptors in the final quarter, outscoring Toronto 31-17. The play of Toronto's second unit - the Bench Mob - allowed the starters to grab some well-earned rest at the ends of those games without fear of leads being blown. "We could have closed it out better".

It ain't gonna be easy - Miami is now the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, but they've lost 7 outta their last 10 games.

Miami has given Toronto trouble this season.

"They can go extremely small, and they are very athletic", DeRozan said of the Heat.

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