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The Miami Heat visited the Toronto Raptors on Friday and came out of the gate running. The Heat would start the game with a 10-0 run and lead 31-27 after 1.
The Heat were without Udonis Haslem tonight, out for personal reasons, and coach Erik Spoelstra elected to give Terrel Harris some playing time. Harris scored 5 points early off the bench and helped Miami build an 8 point lead by halftime.
Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James all were in double digits by halftime and the Heat as a team shot 57%. The Heat's Big 3 scored 41 of the teams 59 first half points.
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27 points, as the two carried the Raptors offensively in the 2nd half. Toronto would outscore Miami 32-24 in the 3rd quarter and the teams would head into the 4th knotted at 83.
The Heat would rally in the 4th quarter, harassing the Raptors on the defensive end, attacking in transition and would build an 8 point lead with 5:45 left and never look back.
Dwyane Wade attacked the Raptors defense all night, finishing with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals, including a killer crossover on DeRozan and two hand monster slam in the 2nd.
Chris Bosh also had 30 points, shooting an efficient 11-18 from the field, grabbing 8 rebounds and blocking 3 shots.
Lebron James also would shoot 11-18 and finish with 26 points and 9 rebounds in solid a performance.
The Heat scored 21 points in the paint in the 1st quarter, the most they've scored in a quarter this season. Miami would finish +28 in points in the paint.
- Miami's big 3 combined for 68 points on 27-46 shooting
- Dwyane Wade is now 8-13 from 3-point range in his last 4 games
- The Heat forced the Raptors to commit 16 turnovers
- Jose Calderon had 16 assists, 1 shy of his season high
- The Heat are now 16-11 on the road
- Raptors lost for the 6th time in 8 games
- Raptors outscored Heat in bench points 33-13