Miami — Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists, Pascal Siakam scored 20 and the Toronto Raptors tied a franchise record with 21 3 pointers along the best way to beating the Miami Heat 125-104 on Sunday.
Toronto’s only other game with 21 3s was against Philadelphia in 2005. The Raptors were 21 of 40 out of deep, and 2 1 of 34 from inside the arc — shooting 57 percent.
The Heat were outscored 63-24 out of 3-point land.
Kawhi Leonard overlooked the game –“load management” the cited rationale — and hasn’t appeared in more than two successive Raptors games since playing in five directly from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.
It hasn’t hurt Toronto: The Raptors are currently 14-5 when Leonard doesn’t play, and he’ll sit a few more before the play offs.
“We’ve sort of looked at it all of the way through today, and I presume there’s perhaps several games yet he’s going to probably stay out,” coach Nick Nurse said. “We are just super satisfied with where we are using it. We sort of feel like we’re ahead of this match “
The Raptors place the tone , going 7 to 10 out of 3-point range in the opening quarter.
They cooled off, albeit only marginally.
By halftime Toronto was upto 1-2 creates from beyond the arc, helping send the Raptors into the lockerroom with a 68-54 lead. That they experienced a 14-0 run in the next quarter, and then the 3s just kept coming.
After Miami closed within 10 on a dip by Adebayo early in the 3rd, Green made a 3 to snuff out the mini-rally by Heat. Miami got within 1 1 early in the fourth, and Lowry connected out of heavy. Lin connected maybe not long afterward from heavy, and then Lowry ended any doubt by making his first time of this game to get a 105-89 lead.
Raptors: it was the 3rd consecutive Sunday game for the Raptors, and Leonard has overlooked all of them. They play in Detroit next Sunday, and on his existing calendar, Leonard might take line to sit one out too well. … Toronto is currently 55-1 since December 2013 when using a 14-point lead or even better at the half. Losing came past season, in Cleveland.
Heating: Miami hasn’t rallied out of a double edged halftime shortage in your home as December 2015, currently having lost 14 for example matches in a row. They’re 0-5 in that situation in 2013. … Kelly Olynyk, one of Miami’s best players of late, was for 8. … heat led only twice, at 2-0 and 4-2, to get an overall total of 54 minutes.
Miami didn’t block some of Toronto’s 74 shooter attempts. The last time the Heat didn’t block a shooter was Nov. 1, 2017, against Chicago — 145 matches ago, including playoffs. That finishes the fifth-longest such streak in history.
The Raptors went with a brand new starting five, setting Patrick McCaw on the very first unit to the very first time this past season. This was McCaw’s very first launch since March 2-9, 2018, for Golden State. His very first start, strangely enough, was also against Miami to the Warriors back in 2017. McCaw scored 10 points, going 3 to 3 from 3-point range.