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HEAT 100 - Raptors 85 Game Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT blew the Toronto Raptors out 100-85 after trailing at the half. The HEAT's defense led them to the victory, holding the Raptors to just 35 points in the second half. The HEAT get no time off as they host the Charlotte Bobcats tomorrow back in Miami.

Impact Performance of the Night: Split honors today. Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all share the honors. The trio combined for 81 points on the night, carrying the HEAT to a decisive victory over the Raptors. Wade, James and Bosh each took turns carrying the scoring load, with Wade getting the call early, James handling the middle of the game and Chris Bosh taking over the lead late. It was a very solid all-around performance.

The Deciding Run: DeMar DeRozan made a pair of jumpers to pull the Raptors within three points late in the fourth quarter. Then Chris Bosh and LeBron James combined for an 8-0 and things were effectively wrapped up. The big play was Bosh’s corner three on an assist from James.

Play of the Game: More a succession of plays than one individual standout, Wade and Bosh combined for three pivotal scores in the third quarter. One the first two, Wade and Bosh ran simple pick-and-rolls to get easy baskets. Defenders were occupied with Bosh and Wade was able to find him streaking down the lane. The third time, Bosh slipped the screen, never actually setting it, and completely fooled the defense. When Bosh broke to the rim, there were no defenders in sight. Wade found him and the HEAT had their third bucket off of the same basic play.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 109.7; Defensive Efficiency: 94.4

Trend to Watch: That’s two strong second halves in the last three games. Close games against the Nets and Raptors ended up being blowouts. The common denominator was the HEAT’s effort. In both games, the HEAT’s intensity ticked up in the third in fourth quarters. The result has been suffocating defense and easy baskets. It’s halves like these that wash away any real consternation about the team’s ability to defend and rebound.

The Takeaway: The HEAT came away with a victory and finished the road trip 2-2. Road victories have been tough to come by, so turning a halftime deficit into a 15-point victory is just what the doctor ordered. The HEAT appear to have found a valuable piece Chris Andersen and the defense showed some serious flashes of greatness. As the build up to the postseason continues, the HEAT find themselves on the right trajectory.

Notes: LeBron James finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Chris Bosh scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 23 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Varnado were inactive. HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

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I heard Ron Rothstein had a few words during halftime. Anyone know what he said?

EDIT: Nvm, went back into league pass and went through some of the 3rd quarter and he just said "play harder". lol :D

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MIAMI displayed some serious defense in that second half, reminding us of their championship pedigree. Let's just hope that this isn't a facade...TEAM HEAT since '88!

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