Raptors Succumb To Heat


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MIAMI (CP) – For the first time all season, the Miami Heat are alone atop the Eastern Conference.

And that’s quite a turnaround from how things seemed less than a week ago.

LeBron James fought through a sore back to score 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat used another strong defensive effort to beat the Toronto Raptors 93-83 on Monday night. The win pushed the two-time defending NBA champions percentage points ahead of the struggling Indiana Pacers in the […]

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Raptors’ Win Streak Snapped In Miami


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MIAMI (CP) _ Trailing entering the fourth quarter, that’s becoming common for the Miami Heat.

So is overcoming those deficits.

Down by five entering the fourth, the Heat clamped down and beat the Toronto Raptors 102-97 Sunday night, getting 30 points from LeBron James and 17 from reserve Michael Beasley.

“We stayed with it mentally,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were into the grind and staying the course and had to continue to make plays.”

Playing in a back-to-back for the first time since […]

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Raptors Fall To Heat 90-83 At ACC


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TORONTO (CP) — Poor defence early and bad free-throw shooting late cost the Toronto Raptors dearly Friday night.

Still they made a game of it against the surging Miami Heat, cutting a 20-point deficit to two before falling 90-83 to the NBA champions. It was the Heat’s ninth straight win.

“Missed opportunities,” lamented Toronto coach Dwane Casey whose team trailed 57-43 at the half.

Toronto went 2 for 10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. And there were other stumbles as the […]

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Raptors Can’t Beat The Heat At ACC


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TORONTO LeBron James reached his latest milestone in signature style.

James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday for their first road victory in three tries this season.

Ray Allen scored 14 points for Miami, which lost at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and was beaten 101-100 at Brooklyn on Nov. 1.

James also had a season-high eight rebounds and handed out eight assists as Miami topped 100 points for […]

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Raptors Wilt In Fourth Against Heat At ACC


TORONTO (CP) — Miami’s record-setting win steak continued where it started thanks to an inspiring speech from Heat veteran Shane Battier.

The 34-year-old forward delivered a rousing team speech the night Miami started its streak in Toronto with victory Feb 3., and delivered another one Sunday after the Heat defeated the Raptors 108-91 to win their 22nd consecutive game.

Of course, some credit should go to LeBron James, who poured in 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead Miami’s offence, but it was Battier’s oratory skills that had the […]

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