NBA Game Summary - Miami at Toronto
(Monday, April 14th)
Final Score: Toronto 91, Miami 75
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rasho Nesterovic scored 20 points to lead Toronto past the Miami Heat, 91-75, at Air Canada Centre, as the Raptors locked up the sixth seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Chris Bosh added 15 points for the Raptors, who have won three of their last four games and gained sole possession of sixth thanks to a Philadelphia loss to Cleveland on Monday.
Toronto is one game ahead of the 76ers with one game to play, but the Raptors hold the tiebreaker and will face Orlando in the first round of the postseason. Anthony Parker totaled 13 points, while T.J. Ford and Jason Kapono had 11 each. Jose Calderon doled out 11 assists for Toronto.
"Like I said, we did not want to go down (playoff position) and that's what it's about," Bosh said. "It takes a lot of pressure off of Wednesday's game."
Daequan Cook tallied a game-high 22 points for the Heat, who have dropped three in a row and 10 of 11 overall. Chris Quinn netted 14 points and Ricky Davis 11 in defeat. Miami will close out its regular season on Wednesday versus Atlanta.
"He (Cook) was great tonight. He was sharp, focused," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He was right on. He's a prolific shooter when he gets it going, gets his rhythm."
Nesterovic and Kapono opened the fourth frame with consecutive buckets, which gave the Raptors a double-digit advantage, 74-64, with just under 10 minutes left in regulation.
Miami then had five points, but a Nesterovic hook shot sparked an 11-0 Toronto run that put the Raptors up 16 points and all but sealed the game.
Kasib Powell grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Heat held a slight 28-25 lead after the first quarter, and opened a 47-43 lead at the break.
The clubs battled back and forth in the third and Toronto evened the score at 53 after a three from Ford and a Nesterovic layup with just over seven minutes left in the frame.
The lead went back and forth until the Raptors closed out the third quarter with six unanswered points. Bosh and Andrea Bargnani had three points each on the run, which put Toronto up 70-64 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Toronto has won three home games in a row, and owns a 25-16 mark overall...Miami is 6-35 away from South Beach this season...A Miami loss Wednesday would set the worst single-seasons mark in club history; a win would tie the current mark of 15-67, set during the 1988-89 expansion season...Toronto swept the four-game season series, the first time the team had done that against Miami.
04/14 23:00:27 ET