LeBron James, Dwyane Wade carry Heat over Raptors
LeBron James finished with 27 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors, 90-83. This is the 9th consecutive win for Miami (13-3). The streak began with a 118-95 victory over Milwaukee on November 12th.
James went 10-17 (3-5 from three-point range) in a solid outing. Dwyane Wade also contributed for Miami, finishing with 22 points and 7 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan had another big game for Toronto in the loss, scoring 25 points on 10-20 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-7 from the free throw line. He also tallied 7 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Lowry finished with 15 points and 6 assists.
In addition to 26.7% from 3-point range, the Raptors tallied an eFG% of just 43.8%. They are winless (0-2) on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Heat, conversely, are undefeated (3-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This drops Toronto (6-9) to 0-2 against Miami on the year.
Coming up next, the Heat battle the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 8-9 on the year. The Raptors match up against the Denver Nuggets, currently 8-6 this season. The Heat are 1-0 versus Charlotte this season.