Hot Raptors down injury-plagued Heat
(The Sports Xchange) - Dwyane Wade was a surprise starter for the injury-depleted Miami Heat on Friday. He was declared out for the game leading up to it because of a sore shoulder but after taking the warmup was deemed ready to play and scored 22 points.
That was not enough to stop the surging Toronto Raptors, however.
With guard DeMar DeRozan scoring 33 points, the Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to seven games on Friday in their 101-81 victory over the Heat.
"Everybody wants to be out there for the other guys," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Guys are playing through a lot right now. Everybody understands that we need whoever we can get out there. We just want to make sure Dwyane is not taking steps back but he had a great day of rest and therapy (Thursday), the whole shoot around and afterwards he worked on it. And all afternoon he got some more treatment and felt like he could give it a go."
As well as Wade played, the night again belonged to DeRozan. It was the third straight game that DeRozan scored 30 or more points and the second time in his career that he has accomplished that.
"The game is coming slow to him," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "He's now shooting the 3-ball and the teams are going to run out to him now. He's got an opportunity to get into the paint. He got four 3s up, he went 4-for-5, so again that's another evolution of his game that he's getting into."
"It felt good, I just decided to shoot them tonight," DeRozan said. "If it's there, I'll shoot it. I'm not going to come out like a Ray Allen or anything but if it's there I'm going to take it."
Guard Kyle Lowry added 15 points, forward Terrence Ross 13 off the bench and forward Luis Scola 12 for Toronto. Center Jonas Valanciunas had 13 rebounds and nine points.
Forward Chris Bosh led the Heat with 26 points and forward Justise Winslow contributed nine points and eight rebounds. Continued...