NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 27th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (20-35) at Miami Heat (35-20), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat have won five straight games and will try to extend that streak tonight when they host the Toronto Raptors at AmericanAirlines Arena.
In their last game on Saturday versus Seattle, Shaquille O'Neal recorded 31 points and was almost perfect from the foul line, making 15 of his 16 attempts to help the Heat win their fifth in a row.
Dwyane Wade contributed 26 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists, while Udonis Haslem posted 16 points and nine boards for the Heat, who have won six straight at home and improved to 20-6 as the host this season.
Miami, which is a season-high 15 games over .500, has a comfortable lead over Washington in the Southeast Division and is second in the Eastern Conference playoff race behind Detroit.
The Heat could also have Derek Anderson in the lineup against the Raptors. He was acquired from Houston in exchange for guard Gerald Fitch.
With the addition of Anderson, the already-loaded Heat should have an easy rest of the month since they won't play a winning team until the squad battles the Washington Wizards on March 8. Miami is 7-2 in February.
Toronto, meanwhile, has lost three in a row after a three-game winning streak. It almost upset one of the best teams in the NBA on Saturday, but suffered a 115-113 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki drained a jumper with one second remaining in overtime to lift Dallas from a 24-point deficit at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 14 games.
Chris Bosh paced Toronto with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike James tallied 25 points and dished out seven assists. Charlie Villanueva recorded 23 points and Morris Peterson posted 20 for the Raptors, who will close out a five-game road trip in Miami.
The Raptors, who have lost nine of their last 15 games, are 10-19 away from Canada this season.
Back on November 20th this season, Bosh scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Raptors won their first game of the season by defeating Miami 107-94 at Air Canada Centre. The Heat had started a franchise-worst 0-9.
After Monday's meeting, the two squads will battle in Toronto on March 29, then head back to South Beach on April 11.
02/27 10:42:33 ET