NBA Game Summary - Miami at Toronto|
(Tuesday, November 5th)
Final Score: Miami 104, Toronto 95
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat finally overcame a slow start
on the road and LeBron James set another milestone.
James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 or more points in 500
straight games and the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors, 104-95, on Tuesday.
James, who joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan
(866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only other players to
accomplish the feat, had a season-high 35 points to go with eight rebounds and
"When I see a stat like that, I'm like 'Wow,' because I know the history of
the game, I know the guys who paved the way for myself and my teammates,"
James reached double figures following a putback dunk with 2:31 left in the
Miami, which tallied its first road win, fell into a 19-0 hole in
Philadelphia, an 11-3 deficit in Brooklyn and trailed 9-2 early on in this
Heat forward Chris Bosh didn't travel with the team for Tuesday's game against
his former squad following the birth of his daughter. Bosh, who played for the
Raptors from 2003-10, is averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.
Dwyane Wade registered 20 points, six boards and five helpers for the Heat,
who have defeated Toronto 12 straight times.
"Finally we got a road win against a quality opponent, they're a tough team,"
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said.
DeMar DeRozan poured in 21 points, while Rudy Gay finished with 13 points and
10 rebounds for Toronto, which fell to 2-2 on the young campaign.
Gay had the final five points of a 14-4 run to tie the game at 71-71 with
three minutes left in the third, but Miami countered with a 19-3 surge that
bridged into the fourth quarter and helped it seize control.
Wade's turnaround fade-away from the left wing at the third quarter buzzer
gave the Heat a 78-74 cushion heading into the final frame where Miami scored
the first 12 points.
James' layup capped the swing and made it 90-74 with 7:47 left.
An 8-0 Toronto spurt pulled the hosts within six with less than two minutes
remaining, but James' three-point play and Ray Allen's triple put the game
"We were only six down," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. " We have to
make shots late in games to stay in games."
Earlier, after Toronto took a 25-23 lead after a quarter of play, Miami closed
the first half on an 18-5 run as Mario Chalmers' trey at the first half horn
staked the Heat a 52-50 spread.
James has reached the double-digit mark in scoring in every game since netting
eight against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 5, 2007. He has scored double-digit
points in every game of his career but eight ... Miami had 31 assists on 41
made field goals.
11/06 00:36:06 ET