NBA Game Summary - Miami at Toronto
(Friday, March 6th)
Final Score: Miami 108, Toronto 102
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade poured in 42 points on 17-of-23 shooting, and the Miami Heat topped a struggling Toronto Raptors club, 108-102, at Air Canada Centre.
Wade also dished out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds, eclipsing the 40- point plateau for a ninth time this season, and helping the Heat snap a six- game losing streak to these Raptors.
"He's been on one of those runs since the All-Star break," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade. "He understands the urgency right now for our team and where we want to go and what we have ahead of us. The next 21 games is a beast of a schedule and this was a key game for us."
Michael Beasley chipped in 12 points for a rather inconsistent Miami team, which won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game win streak from January 24-28. Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers and Chris Quinn each donated 10 points to the win.
The Heat opened a short two-game road trip with the win and will visit the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Chris Bosh notched 34 points to pair with seven rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani scored 23 for the Raptors, who have lost four in a row and 12 of the last 16 games.
Anthony Parker had 16 points and nine assists in the loss, which opened a two- game homestand for Toronto. Utah visits the Air Canada Centre on Sunday.
"He is in that upper echelon," Raptors head coach Jay Triano said speaking of Wade. "You talk about Kobe and LeBron and he is not far off with some of the shots and some of the plays he makes. He makes his teammates better and he just knows how to find guys."
Jose Calderon checked in with six assists and moved into second place on the franchise's all-time list with 1,767, passing Damon Stoudamire at 1,761. Alvin Williams is first with 1,811 helpers.
Toronto held a 24-22 edge after 12 minutes but the Heat forged ahead in the second and took a 56-50 lead into the break. Quinn buried a pair of three- pointers early in the frame to draw even at 32-all and back-to-back triples from Wade and Daequan Cook later in the frame provided a four-point edge.
Another Wade trifecta in the waning moments saw the Heat lead grow to eight before Shawn Marion's hook shot closed out the quarter.
Miami kept up the pressure to start the second half and a brief 7-0 spurt capped by a Wade step-back jumper pushed the margin to 68-56. A Haslem deuce just past the halfway point stretched the lead to 11 before ending the frame up 10, 86-76.
A Chalmers three-pointer just shy of midway through the fourth gave the Heat a 97-82 advantage and they led comfortably until a Jason Kapono triple and Bargnani layup shaved the margin to six, 106-100, just before the one-minute mark.
Wade, though, sank a fade-away jumper on the ensuing possession and the Heat held from there.
The Raptors took the first two meetings with the Heat this season and have won seven of the last nine matchups in this series. Miami had lost four straight and five of its last six trips to Air Canada Centre...Miami is now 12-17 on the road this season while Toronto sports a 12-17 home mark on the year...The Raptors play 13 of their final 20 games at home...The Heat are now 9-0 when shooting 50 percent or better for the game. They shot 50.6 percent in Friday's triumph...Forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu, signed earlier in the day for the remainder of the season, brought down a game-high 10 rebounds and scored four points in 15 minutes for Toronto.
03/06 23:33:43 ET