In the first of two fill-in games in lieu of the first-ever In-Season Tournament, the Miami Heat bested the Toronto Raptors 112-103 Wednesday evening inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
Caleb Martin set the tone for Miami to open the game, knocking down three of Miami’s first five shots (all 3-pointers) and scoring 23 of his 24 points in the first 16:31 of the game. He added 12 rebounds, three assists and one block on 9-of-16 shooting with four triples. Though it was Duncan Robinson who popped the most. Despite an inefficient 3-point shooting performance, Robinson tallied 21 points, six rebounds, seven assists and one steal on 9-of-19 shooting. He showed promise on the defensive end of the floor while continuing to generate good offense without his shot.
The Heat, without Bam Adebayo for the second consecutive game, started Orlando Robinson in his presence. Robinson did an amicable job, posting 15 points with 12 boards on nine shots, in addition to four rebounds, three steals and one block. Kevin Love operated as Miami’s backup 5, finishing with eight points and four rebounds in 15 minutes. Jimmy Butler finished with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting while Jaime Jaquez Jr., the reigning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, had 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Pascal Siakam was Toronto’s best player, tallying 30 points with six assists on 9-of-13 shooting, including 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. O.G. Anunoby had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range while Scottie Barnes recorded a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double on 17 shots.
Thursday’s contest was both team’s first game since Saturday because of the In-Season Tournament; both teams will have another game on Friday. The Miami Heat advance to 12-9 while the Toronto Raptors dropped to 9-11.
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