NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 15th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (11-15) at Miami Heat (11-11), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat will try to move over the .500 mark when they continue a six-game homestand tonight versus the Toronto Raptors at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami is 11-11 on the season and has dropped the first two tests of the residency, falling 118-90 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday in south Florida. Dwyane Wade led the way with 25 points and Dorell Wright scored 16 for the Heat, who have lost four of their last five games and are 6-7 as the host.
"Everyone needs to go home and check themselves in the mirror and come back tomorrow with a different mentality," said Wade. "The way we played tonight was unacceptable from all of us."
Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points in the loss, Miami's sixth in the past eight games. The Heat will also host the Magic, Trail Blazers and Jazz on the residency.
Toronto will open a brief two-game road trip Tuesday against the Heat and Magic, and is 4-10 away from Canada this season.
The Raptors ended a two-game losing streak with a 101-88 home triumph versus the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Chris Bosh netted 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu added a season-high 23, while Jarrett Jack totaled 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Toronto, which had lost consecutive games on the heels of a three-game win streak.
"Some days things are clicking and some days they're not clicking. You can't dwell on the past, you have to stay consistent, look at the past mistakes and keep sticking with it," said Bosh.
Andrea Bargnani chipped in 14 points in a winning effort.
The Raptors defeated the Heat, 120-113, on November 20 this season at Air Canada Centre and have won seven of the past eight meetings in the series. These two teams have split the last 10 encounters at Miami.
12/15 10:31:50 ET