Coming off a solid end to end game resulting in a win for the Toronto Raptors on Friday at home vs. the Washington Wizards, the Raptors headed to South Beach to take on their former star, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat.
Considering CB4 (CB1?) isn't the only star on the Miami roster (perhaps you've heard of LeBron James & Dwyane Wade?), the Raptors were most definitely going to be facing one of the best teams in the NBA and notjing less than a full 48 minute effort would do.
DeMar DeRozan got back on track offensively, putting up 25 points on 8-16 shooting from the field & 9-11 from the line, including a hellacious one handed dunk on the entire Heat defense! Jerryd Bayless & Linas Kleiza both continued to round in to form by contributing 17 points each, but it wasn't quite enough against the powerhouse Heat; as they pulled away in the 4th quarter resulting in a 95-89 win for Miami.
The Raptors held Chris Bosh to only 12 points on 3-13 shooting, but the rest of the 'Big 3', LeBron James & Dwyane Wade, showed once again why they are 2 of the league's best. LeBron ended the game with a near triple-double posting 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists going 10-17 from the field, and 10-12 from the line, while Dwyane posted 25 points on 8-14 from the field, and 9-12 from the line.
Personally, I was impressed that the Raptors were moving the ball quite well and playing unselfish basketball. They were not settling for outside shots, and seemed to be taking advantage of opportunities that the Heat defense were giving them. I even got a shoutout from the Raptors Tweet Zone crew (Twitter hashtag #RTZ) by joining the in-game conversation on Twitter as I voiced my approval as I watched the Raptors play a solid game. Be sure to follow & join the conversation during each Raptors game on Twitter by using the #RTZ hashtag.
In addition, here's our very own Payal Doshi giving her always poignant & entertaining views, as she breaks down the hard fought game and gives her thoughts on the effort the Raptors gave.
Let's hope the Raptors come out strong against the Wizards on Monday, who will be looking to get one up on the Raptors (each team currently has one win to their credit against the other).