Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Heat Team Meeting Defeats the Raps - HEAT 115, RAPS 95


HEAT 115, RAPS 95
The first thing I heard was that Eric Spoelstra had a closed-door team meeting with the Heat before this game.  I knew this would spell trouble for the Raptors.  The Heat were blown out by the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, so the Heat were ready to come out swinging at the Raptors' expense.  The Heat outscored the Raptors 67-48 in the middle two quarters and didn't even turn back as the Raps couldn't get back into this one.  Wade even sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Bosh led the Raps with 28 points but only managed to grab 2 rebounds for the game.  Bosh did manage to make 10 of 11 free throws but couldn't hit the glass.  The guard play wasn't there either, Jarret Jack followed up his 17-pt performance with a 6-point/1-assist game and Marco Belinelli was 0-7 from the floor.  The Raps also continued to struggle from three-point land only making 2-11 from deep.

Michael Beasley tied a career-high with 28 pts and 11 rebounds for the Heat, while Wade had 19 points in his three quarters of play.

Key Notes:
  • Bargnani finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds
  • Chris Bosh had no rebounds in the first half
  • The Heat had 27 assists to the Raptors' 16
  • Bosh's lack of rebounds was a glaring difference as the Heat outrebounded the Raptors, 45-32
  • For a Heat perspective, check out Peninsula is Mightier
  • DeRozan Watch: 27 minutes, 4 pts, 7 boards
  • Canada Watch: Joel Anthony - 12 minutes, 9 pts, 7 rebounds

The Raps take on the Magic tonight in Orlando...

Photo credit: (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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