Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Toronto started off the game by feeding the ball the Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. Kyle dropped 7 points, while JV put up 6 points and 2 blocks. Hasaan Whiteside was a beast for the Heat as he grabbed 8 rebounds like it was nothing. Miami's Tyler Johnson scored a team high 7 points in the period. The Raptors led 29-27 after one.
The Raptors continued their dominant play from the 1st quarter over into the 2nd. In the last two minutes of the half, DeMar DeRozan dropped 8 points. Jakob Poeltl was a force in the post, putting up 8 like it was nothing. Wayne Ellington led the Heat with 5 points, which was just the start of a huge game for him. Toronto was up by 6 points going into the break, the score set at 53-47.
Lowry led the Raptors with 8 points coming out of halftime. DeMar and JV combined for 7 in the period. The Heat out-rebounded Toronto 16-14, but the Raptors still maintained the lead. There was a combined 7 blocks recorded in the quarter, an abnormally high number for blocks. The Raptors were up 78-71 heading into the final period of play.
Wayne Ellington was unstoppable for the Heat in the 4th quarter. The last time the Raptors and the Heat squared off, Ellington hit the game-winner. In the 4th quarter, Wayne hit 6 three-pointers for 18 points. Lowry fired back with 11 points of his own, but Toronto ended up forfeiting their lead late in the quarter. After going back and forth for the last couple of minutes, the game was set to go into overtime. The score was all tied up at 105-105.
Overtime: The Heat owned overtime as they outscored Toronto 11-4. Bam Adebayo and Justise Winslow put up 6 for the Heat. Miami out-rebounded the Raptors by 3 boards. The Raptors were defeated by the Heat 109-116.
Kyle Lowry: 28pts, 10 rebounds, 9 assists
DeMar DeRozan: 19pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 16pts, 12 rebounds, 3 steals
Jonas Valanciunas: 12pts, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
Delon Wright: 9pts
C.J. Miles: 7pts
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