Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer
The Miami Heat blew into Toronto early this morning after playing last night and still came away with a W despite a close game for the majority of the game. The Raptors began weakly giving up 8 unanswered points but then fought their way back into the game with it pretty much even by half time. But the 4th quarter is where it began to falter, and the Miami triade of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade proved convincing.
For some reason, the Raptors play well against the better teams, but have a lousy time of it against teams much weaker than the statistical leaders. DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani lead the way, but the efforts were blocked as Miami took the lead in the 4th quarter and never looked back. As a point of order, Chris Bosh threw down a big slam at the end of the game, looked to the crowd with one of his classic looks, and the game ended 113-101.
Miam's big man, LeBron James drives to the hoop unimpeded as the Raptors stand flatfooted behind his advance during 1st half half action.
Raptors DeMar DeRozan gets his shot off over Shane Battier during 2nd half half action.
Miami's Norris Cole breaks up court as Raptors get caught on a steal in the 1st half.
Miami guard Dwayane Wade is helped up by Joel Anthony after falling behind the baseline in the offensive end.
Miami's LeBron James passes the ball through the legs of Alan Anderson.
Raptors DeMar DeRozan battles Miami's big body, LeBron James during 2nd half action.
Miami's LeBron James seems to be enjoying 1st half results.
Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani called for a blocking foul on Miami's Chris Bosh during the 2nd half.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey wonders about a call during 2nd half.
Miami's LeBron James comes up against the defence of James Johnson during 2nd half.
Raptors DeMar DeRozan gets tangled up with Joel Anthony during 2nd half.
Miami's Chris Bosh argues a call while Joel Anthony looks on.
Miami's Dwayne Wade at the foul line during 1st half half action.
Miami's Chris Bosh slams home the final two points.