Raptors surged past Heat in overtime in final home game of the season

 

Raptors logo.pngThe Toronto Raptors narrowly edged the Miami Heat in overtime and escaped with a 117-109 win. The Heat, who are scrapping for a playoff position, gave the Raptors a tough fight.

Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell poured in 23 points each to Toronto’s victory while Kawhi Leonard added another 22 points. The Raptors spoiled Dwyane Wade’s final appearance in Toronto before his retirement. Wade, 37, led the Heat with 21 points,  including four three-pointers from downtown.

“Being that young and having to guard Wade and LeBron [James], it got me to where I am today.”

The Raptors and Heat began the game fighting neck and neck until Miami started pulling away in the second quarter. As soon as Wade checked in the game, fans in the Scotiabank Arena gave Wade a standing ovation. By the third quarter, Toronto focussed on playing stronger defense, especially on Wade. The Raptors and Heat were trading the lead throughout the third and fourth quarter until both teams were tied at 103 points. Kawhi Leonard shot the ball with thirteen seconds left on the clock, but his shot bounced off the rim. The Raptors had a strong start for overtime, sinking fourteen points while Miami only sunk six.

With Wade making his final trip around the league, the Heat have been exchanging Wade’s jersey with someone from the opposing team. Leonard, small forward, traded his jersey for the Hall of Fame player’s jersey.

“I’ve said this before just going through those championship series and facing him and that Miami Heat team is the greatest team I have ever played,” Leonard explains admiringly. “Being that young and having to guard Wade and LeBron [James], it got me to where I am today. Losing and then coming back and winning just helped me out.” Leonard further explains.

The much-anticipated NBA playoffs will begin next weekend, but the Raptors will first play their final game in the regular season against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Charlye Caldwell

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Dwayne Wade’s last dance in Canada

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Dwayne Wade played his last game in Canada but the Toronto Raptors spoiled the party by winning 117 – 109.

Dwayne Wade is retiring after this season and it has some fans in both heart ache, and rejoice.  Wade is a fan favorite in the NBA ever since he was drafted 4th overall in the 2003 draft.

“I’m going to miss it, I love the fans and the sport.”

Recent debates about Wade’s legacy is in question since some people are comparing him to other Future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce. The fans have stuck by Wade’s side and he says he is going to miss it, and he loves the fan and the sport.

Wade’s Heat squad is currently fighting for a playoff spot in the eastern conference being one game out of the playoffs.

No matter how Wade finishes off his career this season he will always be a fan favorite, and a future Hall of Famer.

– Nathan Anderson

 

Raptors narrowly squeak by Bulls to push for the playoffs

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The Toronto Raptors barely edge out the Chicago Bulls to win at home 112-103.

Bench player guard Norman Powell dominated in the game putting up 20 points to go along with four out of five makes from behind the arc.

The Raptors had six different players scoring in double-figures with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each added 14 points for the starting unit.

Serge Ibaka had an efficient night scoring 16 points and shot 7-of-13 from the field and to go along with eight rebounds.

“…it seems like he’s been finding some rolls and getting deep to the basket offensively lately and I like that, too.”

Head Coach Nick Nurse says “I think he’s a guy that needs to feel the ball a little bit to do some other things. We’ve got to get some sets for him, some pocket passes for him. But … it seems like he’s been finding some rolls and getting deep to the basket offensively lately and I like that, too.”

Raptors play in two days against the New York Knicks when the Raptors look to push in the final stretch of the regular season.

-Connor Gunn

Raptors trounce Heat and tie record in the process

For the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, they put their best up for show on the road when they dominated the Miami Heat 125-104. The Raptors also tied a franchise-high 21 3-pointers to help with the win.

Point guard Kyle Lowry put up 24 points to go along with 10 assists and forward Pascal Siakam scored 20 points to help push the lead.

The Raptors bench players chipped in there two cents as Jeremy Lin and OG Anunoby each recorded 11 points while guard Norman Powell added 15 points.

“The body was warm. It definitely helps.”

After the game, Lowry commented on why the team was to successful, he said “Good weather. The body was warm. It definitely helps… but we just came out with a composed mentality. We knew who we’re going up against, and those guys are hard to play.”

After two tough losses to Houston and Detroit the Raptors bounced back as they start their road trip with a win in south beach.

-Connor Gunn