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Toronto Raptors Visit Miami Heat: Game 24 Preview

Jose Calderon and the Toronto Raptors visit all the talent in South Beach, today at 1:00.

The 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 vs Toronto NBA Highlights 04/13/11 (via bballfansite)

Miami beat the overachieving Philadelphia 76ers in their last matchup, 99-79. The Heat were paced by 26 points from Dwyane Wade. LeBron James scored 19 with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, Norris Cole and Mike Miller also scored in double figures. Philadelphia was led by 16 from Thaddeus Young and 13 each from Jodie Meeks 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."

Miami Heat Vs Philadelphia Sixers 2-3-12 NBA Highlights HD (via nbahighlights9999)

The Raptors are coming off a 106-89 victory over the Washington Wizards. Leandro Barbosa led five Raptors in double figures with 19, and Jose Calderon dished out 17 assists in the victory. Amir Johnson 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 bballfansite)

Season Series: Heat 0, Raptors 0

All-Time Series: 37-21

Last Five:

Miami: W - W - W - L - W

Toronto: L - W - L - L - W


Miami Heat: 17-6, first in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference, third in the NBA, on pace for 49-17.

Toronto Raptors: 8-16, fourth in the Atlantic Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference, 23rd in the NBA, on pace for 22-44.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.