Game Review: Raptors vs Heat


Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)

Toronto had a slow start to the game, but Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka combined for 11 points, which accounted for more than half of the team's points. Heat guard Wayne Ellington made two three-pointers in the quarter coming off the bench. Ellington wasn't Toronto's main focus, but he proved he should have later in the game. The Raptors trailed 21-22.

DeMar DeRozan (#NBAVote) scored 6 points in the 2nd quarter, but his performance was cancelled out because of the defense the Raptors played. Toronto was outscored by 9 points, and they allowed Miami's Goran Dragic to about 12 points. Without Kyle Lowry's presence, Toronto struggled in play-making and defending. The Raptors were 10 points behind the Heat, the score being 51-41.

The story of the game occurred with about 7:50 left in the quarter. Serge Ibaka and Miami's James Johnson got into an altercation, which involved multiple punches thrown. Both Ibaka and Johnson were given double technicals and ejected. DeRozan had 8 points in the quarter.

DeRozan had 9 points in the final quarter of play, and he lead the Raptors back in the game. With about 5 seconds left in the game, DeMar tipped his missed shot into the basket, which gave Toronto a 1 point lead with 3.1 seconds remaining. Coming out of the final stoppage of play, Wayne Ellington caught the inbounded pass and drove past Pascal Siakam for the game winning layup. DeRozan threw a hail mary from Raptors' territory, but he wasn't close to making it. Right after the buzzer sounded, DeMar and Goran Dragic got into a scuffle. After exchanging words, the two had to be separated following a shove from DeMar. The Heat handed the Raptors their 2nd loss at home this season. Toronto lost 90-89.

6ix Best
DeMar DeRozan: 25pts, 4 rebounds, 6 assists
Delon Wright: 14pts, 7 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 11pts, 5 rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas: 8pts
C.J. Miles: 9pts
Fred VanVleet: 8pts

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