Heat 90, Raptors 89

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TORONTO (AP)—The Toronto Raptors were unable to recover after Vince Carter crashed into Miami coach Stan Van Gundy.

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left, and had a key block on Carter to lead the Miami Heat past the Raptors 90-89 Sunday for their third straight victory.

After Carter missed a fadeaway with 43 seconds remaining, he banged into Van Gundy.

“He turned around and ran into me,” said Van Gundy, who has a welt under his left eye. “I’m not very big and I’m certainly not very tough, so I can’t imagine it hurt him that bad because I would have gone down. I sort of took it and looked up the floor.”

Carter stayed on the floor for several seconds before a timeout was called. He glared back at Miami’s bench after getting up a couple of minutes later.

After a foul and a timeout, a double-teamed Odom passed to Wade, whose jumper gave Miami a 90-89 lead.

Carter missed a potential game-winning jumper with five seconds left, and the Raptors couldn’t get another shot off. Carter, also bothered by a sore left Achilles’ tendon, finished with 12 points.

“Sometimes an 80 percent Vince Carter is OK,” Toronto coach Kevin O’Neill said. “I wanted to go back to him at the end of the game. He’s our guy. We run things through him. He had some great opportunities, and a couple of shots rimmed in and out for him.”

Carter said he felt a little dizzy after the collision.

“He’s got a hard cheek bone,” said Carter, who was reluctant to talk about it.

Carter said his Achilles’ tendon affected his game, but he didn’t want to use that as an excuse.

“I wasn’t getting as much lift off the ground,” said Carter, who went 3-for-12 from field.

Brian Grant added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, and Lamar Odom had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Miami is 3-0 since Caron Butler returned to the lineup.

“We wanted the game. We’ve worked too hard. We paid a lot of dues in the first month of the season with our schedule, with our injuries and starting off 0-7,” Grant said. “We deserved to come out here and get a victory.”

Donyell Marshall scored 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost two straight games after winning five in a row following their Dec. 1 trade with the Chicago Bulls.

Toronto’s Carter and Jalen Rose didn’t play in the fourth quarter until there were just two minutes left. After Carter’s short jumper gave Toronto a 89-88 lead with 1:55 remaining, the Raptors didn’t score again. Wade then blocked Carter’s shot with just over a minute left.

Miami outrebounded Toronto 49-37, including 14-5 on the offensive glass.

“It really got us today,” O’Neill said. “We didn’t clean up the boards.”

Rookie Chris Bosh, Toronto’s starting center, went 1-for-8 from the field for just four points.

Marshall scored six points as Toronto began the second half on a 8-2 run. His hook shot gave Toronto an 11-point lead—their biggest edge of the game— but Jones had seven points as Miami responded with a 20-4 run.

Marshall had 16 points, and Toronto led 49-44 at halftime.


Rose reached 10,000 career points with a 3-pointer in the first quarter. … Carter played just 14 minutes in the first half because of a soreleft ankle. … Miami also beat Toronto on Nov. 30.

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