Jose Calderon and the Toronto Raptors visit all the talent in South Beach, today at 1:00.
Toronto Raptors will be visiting the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami this afternoon. This will be the first of three meetings between the two this season, and the first of two in Florida. The Heat are 10-2 at home, while the Raptors have a 5-10 road record. For Miami, this is the first game of a short two game homestand. They go on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Raptors are starting a quick two game road trip, and play the Wizards in Washington tomorrow night.
Miami last played the Raptors on the last day of the 2010-11 regular season, April 13th. The Heat won, 97-79 while resting all of the big three for the playoffs. The Heat were led by 35 points from
Eddie House, 19 rebounds by Jamaal Magliore, and 13 assists from Mario Chalmers. Erik Spoelstra talked after the game about House and Magliore, from NBA.COM:
"Eddie was on fire, no question about it. He got into that rhythm there in the second quarter and we kept on finding him the ball where he was open, and he's ignitable. Jamaal was a rebound machine. He'll fight anybody out there for that ball, sometimes his own teammates."
Miami beat the overachieving
in their last matchup, 99-79. The Heat were paced by 26 points from Dwyane Wade.
scored 19 with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Mario Chalmers,
also scored in double figures. Philadelphia was led by 16 from
and 13 each from
and Louis Williams. After playing the Heat close for three quarters, Miami pulled away with a 15-point run in the fourth. LeBron James was quoted on NBA.COM regarding the game:
"This was probably the best game from start to finish in terms of playing together and communicating."
The Raptors are coming off a 106-89 victory over the
. Leandro Barbosa led five Raptors in double figures with 19, and
dished out 17 assists in the victory.
grabbed 13 rebounds. The Wizards were led by 21 points from Nick Young. DeMar DeRozan speaking about teammate Amir Johnson, from NBA.COM:
"It was definitely great, that's what he does. He is definitely an energy guy. He likes coming off the bench and brings that type of energy for us, his rebounding and when he gets a chance to score on the screen and rolls he definitely takes advantage of it."
Washington vs Toronto NBA Highlights 02/03/2012 (via
Season Series: Heat 0, Raptors 0
All-Time Series: 37-21
Miami: W - W - W - L - W
Toronto: L - W - L - L - W
17-6, first in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference, third in the NBA, on pace for 49-17. Miami Heat:
Toronto Raptors: 8-16, fourth in the Atlantic Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference, 23rd in the NBA, on pace for 22-44.