Thursday, January 28, 2010


In an important matchup between the 5th and 6th seed of the Eastern conference, the Toronto Raptors/Huskies moved up to the fifth spot after defeating DWade's Miami Heat 111-103.  Antoine Wright sealed the game with a huge corner three from a dish from Jose Calderon with 15 seconds to play.  Chris Bosh had a big night scoring 24 points to go along with his 18 boards.  Andrea Bargnani finished with 27 pts.

Dwyane Wade and the Heat came out gunning and built up an 11-point opening quarter lead where Wade scored 14 of his 35 points.  Unfortunately for Miami, Michael Beasley left in the same quarter with a hyper-extended right knee. 

The Raptors just bounced right back in the second quarter with help from Marco Belinelli.  By halftime, the Heat's lead was just down to three.  Sonny Weems got the start in place of DeMar DeRozan (ankle) in this one and he held his own.  Sonny finished with 10 points and had the tough task of guarding Wade. 

In the second half, Toronto buckled down on D and held Miami to 43 points.  Rafer Alston hit a big three late in the game to get the Heat within 4 pts but Toronto showed composure and pulled out the win.   D-Wade finished with the double-double 35 points and 10 boards.  Former Raptor, Jermaine O'Neal, finished with 22 pts.

Key Notes:
  • Great shooting from the Huskies, 56.8% from the field
  • 28 assists for the Raptors, Jack with 5 assists, Calerdon had 7
  • Solid bench production from Belinelli, Calderon, Johnson and Wright
  • Canada Watch: Joel Anthony, 0 pts, 3 boards, Jamaal Magloire - DNP
  • For a Miami perspective, check out Peninsula Is Mightier
  • DeRozan Watch: DNP (ankle)
Next up, the Raptors take on the New York Knicks on Thursday night...

Photo credit: (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Nathan Denette)

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