NBA Game Summary - Miami at Toronto
(Sunday, November 20th)
Final Score: Toronto 107, Miami 94
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors won their first game of the season by defeating the Miami Heat 107-94 at Air Canada Centre.
Mike James added 25 points and Jalen Rose chipped in 22 by going 11-of-13 from the charity stripe for the Raptors, which had started a franchise-worst 0-9.
Dwyane Wade tallied 33 points on 14-of-29 shooting and Antoine Walker added 15 off the bench for the Heat, who had won four straight games.
"They were 0-9 but they are a good team, a veteran team," said Wade. "We knew they weren't going to give up. They did a good job of coming back and getting the lead and not letting us come back and get the lead. Give them credit."
Down 70-67 entering the final quarter, Toronto rallied.
Trailing 86-80, the Raptors scored nine straight points to take their first lead of the game. Bosh's layup cut the lead to four, then after a Rose three- pointer, Bosh connected from in close. Following a timeout, Charlie Villanueva was rejected by Alonzo Mourning, but the rookie stayed with it and laid in the loose ball to cap the spurt.
Wade's jumper from the top of the circle then cut the lead to one, but James converted on a layup and a 3-on-1 break ended in a Villanueva basket to give the Raptors a 93-88 advantage.
James' three-pointer from well beyond the arc gave the Raptors an eight- point lead moments later and Miami never threatened again.
"If we come out and play with that identity every game, just aggressive and hard for 48 minutes, it gives us a chance (at the end of the game) to win," said James. "Tonight we were successful and it's good to get off that slide in front of our fans, especially going on this long, tough road trip."
The Heat jumped out to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter behind 11 points from Wade and Miami took a 24-13 advantage into the second period.
Toronto, which made just three-first quarter field goals, trailed by as many as 14 in the second, but closed within 48-43 at the break.
The Raptors then tied the game at 50 on Morris Peterson's three-pointer with 9:15 left in the third quarter. The Heat, though, quickly increased the lead back to eight, 62-54, on back-to-back James Posey buckets.
Miami increased the gap to 70-59, but the lead was just three after 36 minutes, as the Raptors scored the final eight points of the period.
Udonis Haslem and Mourning each had 11 points in the loss...Villanueva grabbed 12 boards to go along with eight points...The loss snapped the Heat's five- game winning streak in Toronto...Miami has still won nine of the last 12 meetings.
11/20 18:39:20 ET