NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Miami
(Tuesday, December 15th)
Final Score: Miami 115, Toronto 95
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Michael Beasley tied a career-high by scoring 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Miami's 115-95 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Beasley finished 11-of-19 from the floor for the Heat, who also received 19 points and seven assists from Dwyane Wade. Dorell Wright netted 16 points for Miami, which snapped a four-game home skid. They had lost two in a row overall, both at home by a combined 41 points to Memphis and Dallas.
"It was a confidence booster," said Beasley. "We lost two straight games bad at home and just wanted to come out and jump on whoever our next opponent was."
Chris Bosh totaled 28 points for the Raptors, who failed to build on the momentum from a 13-point home win over Houston on Sunday. Andrea Bargnani had 14 points and Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 in defeat.
"Michael Beasley had it going on offense," said Bosh. "They ran a lot of (isolations) and he was hitting shots. He took advantage of the situation. When you get in a rhythm like that everything goes in."
Point guard Mario Chalmers, who had been the starter for every game in his Heat career, was late to the shoot-around. That caused head coach Erik Spoelstra to insert Carlos Arroyo in Chalmers' place.
"I wasn't surprised at all. It was a team rule," said Chalmers. "I made a mistake and had to deal with the consequences. I have to be more responsible."
Toronto held a 26-24 edge after the first quarter, but the Heat used a strong second to gain control. Beasley had 14 points in the period, carrying the hosts to a 60-50 lead at intermission. Toronto went 5-of-17 from the field in the quarter, compared to 13-of-22 for Miami.
Bosh's jumper had Toronto within 46-43 midway through the quarter, but the Heat ran off the ensuing eight points. Beasley highlighted the flurry with an alley-oop jam off a feed from Wade and finished it with a pair of free throws with 3:15 on the clock.
Miami continued to hold a sizeable advantage throughout the third and went to the fourth with a 91-74 cushion. Wright's jam pushed the margin to 21 points at 97-76 with under 10 minutes remaining. Miami was ahead by as many as 25 in the last period, a quarter in which Wade didn't play.
Miami beat Toronto for just the second time in the last nine meetings...Before this game, Wade had scored at least 20 in seven consecutive contests...Arroyo scored 12 and Jermaine O'Neal had 10 for Miami.
12/15 23:41:52 ET