NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Miami
(Wednesday, March 5th)
Final Score: Toronto 108, Miami 83
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Rasho Nesterovic scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead a balanced Toronto offense in a 108-83 victory over Miami.
Jamario Moon chipped in 14 points and nine boards for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game skid. T.J. Ford contributed 13 points, while Andrea Bargnani and Anthony Parker gave 12 points each.
However, Bargnani left the game in the third quarter after a collision with Miami's Alexander Johnson. X-rays taken were negative and there were no signs of a concussion, although Bargnani's front left tooth was shifted. He will be examined on Thursday.
Marcus Banks poured in 21 points for the Heat, who have lost two in a row and 29 of 32. Dwyane Wade dropped 16 points, including a three-pointer that established a career-high for threes made (22) in a season. Ricky Davis also had 16 points, while Earl Barron had 10.
Toronto played without All-Star forward Chris Bosh for the third straight game because of a right knee problem.
Miami played without forward Udonis Haslem (personal reasons). Haslem is averaging 11.9 points for the Heat this season and is expected back for Friday's home game against Golden State.
Jose Calderon had 13 assists and nine points in the victory.
"For the last couple of games, I've felt really good," Nesterovic said. "That's why you play - to make baskets. It makes you feel good."
Miami scored the game's first five points, but a Parker jumper sparked a 23-3 Toronto run, Bargnani hit a pair of threes and had 10 points during the flurry. The Raptors were ahead 29-17 after 12 minutes of play.
The Raptors went ahead 53-42 at the intermission.
With 9:57 remaining in the third, Bargnani took an elbow from Johnson while going up for a layup. A flagrant foul was called, and Bargnani drained both free throws, which sparked a 17-1 run, before heading to the locker room for further tests. Parker's three-ball capped the run, which gave Toronto a 72-45 lead.
The Heat were within 80-58 heading into the final 12 minutes of play. A Banks layup closed the gap to 92-69 just past the seven-minute mark in the final quarter. Though it proved to be too little too late as the Raptors increased their cushion to 32 points on a Maceo Baston layup.
"When you lack focus versus a team like Toronto or you have any slippage, they are a team who is unbelievable at shooting the ball," Wade said. "If you have slippage and leave someone open, you're going to pay for it."
Shawn Marion grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss...Miami owns a 6-23 mark in South Beach this season...The Heat are 0-10 on Wednesdays this season...The Raptors are 15-15 on the road this season...Toronto hit 54.9 percent of its field goals. Miami hit only 43.5 percent of its shots.
03/05 23:11:47 ET