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Raptors 116 - HEAT 123 Game Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT extended their winning streak to three games Wednesday night with a 123-116 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. The HEAT came back from an early 15 point deficit and were able to pull away in the extra period. The HEAT return to action Friday night against the Detroit Pistons.

Impact Performance of the Night: We’ve got multiple candidates tonight, but Dwyane Wade takes home the top honors. Wade finished with 35 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block to lead the HEAT to victory. Wade scored numerous big baskets and also found Ray Allen in the corner for the dagger.

The Deciding Run: The HEAT fell behind 114-110 early in the overtime period, but stormed back and closed the last four minutes on a 13-2 run. Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade led the run, with Allen knocking down a pair of big threes.

Play of the Game: The night’s alley oops were outdone by Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. In overtime, Wade drove around a LeBron James screen, drew the attention of the Raptors defenders and kicked out a cross-court pass to Ray Allen. Allen drained the three, extending the HEAT game to six points, putting the game out of reach.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Rating: 127.2; Defensive Rating: 118..5

Trend to Watch: Some of the rebounding issues have been overblown, but the HEAT have wanted to perform better on the glass. Tonight, they were able to do that, grabbing a season-high 16 offensive rebounds, and pulling in 84 percent of available defensive rebounds. The HEAT were extremely aggressive on the glass with Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and LeBron James each finishing with double-digit boards. The defensive rebounding has been good recently, but tonight’s effort was great.

The Takeaway: After a five-day layoff, the HEAT started a touch slow but were able to play strong in the second half and overtime, grabbing the win. The Raptors scored efficiently, but the HEAT forced lots of tough, contested shots. The defensive effort in the second half was excellent and set the tone for the HEAT victory.

Notes: LeBron James finished with his second triple-double of the season with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Chris Bosh recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ray Allen made four threes and scored 18 points off of the bench. Jarvis Varnado and Dexter Pittman were inactive.

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Kind of game you would expect from a team that basically had a week off. Slow start but strong finish, I expect them to keep this rolling and smash the hell out of Detroit.

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The Raps which is top10 in offensive side are +15 from kaboom town and our boys shoots only 24-38 FT and glad still we won because of Batman and Robin.

Bosh highest rebounder, Wade highest pts and Bron bron highest asst, Heat all the way baby!

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Good to see Wade balling. If he keeps balling like this, nobody is beating us period, you can forget about that.(Stephen A. Smith Voice)

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lol, its like Lebron had a triple double, ho-hum what else is new?

Yeah D. Wade kindof stole the show offensively. I've been waiting for a triple double from LBJ! It's been a while, no? And seems like Christopher Bosh is working the boards pretty hard lately? Maybe the two guys on 10 day contracts eying up his job are bringing out the animal? Oh well, that game was all the big four. Still a nice team win over all, though. The Raptors are actually looking pretty good. They can play they're rookies which bodes well for their future. For the Heat though, our young guys don't get playing time, plus what rookies? Our future is here now, and here's to a repeat and a threepeat. Nothing less will be dyNASTY enough!

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Slow start, fantastic finish. I was never worried for a second. Great game!

Oh, and it's hilarious to think some people on these boards actually WANT Wade to stop pump faking. It's worked his entire career.

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^ just reduce it since refs werent calling it and hed be forced to throw up a difficult shot ( even though it would be called for other stars more often) but lately they have been calling the fouls which is great to see

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