Sunday, November 14, 2010

Raps Take Tired Talents to South Beach - HEAT 109, RAPTORS 100

 HEAT 109, RAPS 100
Coming off a hard-fought battle against the Orlando Magic the night before, the Raps had another tough test against former teammate, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat last night.  But Bosh didn't get a chance to stick it to the Raptors last night, finishing with just 12 points and 6 boards in only 22 minutes due to foul trouble.

Miami started the game with a 7-0 run and pretty much maintained the lead the whole 48 minutes.  Dwyane Wade helped the Heat build on their 13-point halftime lead to an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter.  Then the Raps started to chip away at the Heat's lead.  DeMar scored 8 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter when the Raptors' made a run.  The Raps got as close as four points but would never take control of the game.  With Miami off two straight losses, the Heat put the pressure on to avoid a three-game losing streak.

The Raps got a decent rebounding night from Andrea Bargnani who grabbed nine boards and also went 8 for 23 for 22 points.  Joey Dorsey picked up Reggie Evans' slack grabbing 11 boards as Evans was a late night scratch with flu-like symptoms.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 31 points and 9 boards while LBJ finished with 21 points and 11 dimes.  Udonis Haslem had a double double (10 points, 10 boards) off of the bench for the Heat.

KEY NOTES:
  • The Raps struggled from three-point land going 5-19 (26%)
  • Big Z got the start in place of Canadian, Joel Anthony, and finished with 12 points
  • An impressive sign from the young Compton kid, DeMar had two straight 20+ point games in the back to back
  • Good showing for the Raps on the boards, outrebouding the Heat, 44-38
  • Up next, the Raps are at Washington to face John Wall and the Wizards on Tuesday night
(photo credit: Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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