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Sports Raptors lose 84-76 in defensive struggle against the Heat

09:15  03 january  2020
09:15  03 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Short-handed Raptors’ loss to Heat fails to answer lingering questions

  Short-handed Raptors’ loss to Heat fails to answer lingering questions After the short-handed Toronto Raptors’ 84-76 loss to the Miami Heat, there is one lingering question that head coach Nick Nurse might want to have answered and it’s a pretty big one: How good is his team? The post Canucks’ win streak survives mistake-filled roller coaster against Blackhawks appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.It’s a refreshing slant in a ‘just one of 82’ NBA season.

Heat clamp down on defense , top Raptors 84 - 76 . MIAMI (AP) Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Miami Heat put together their best defensive performance of the season in an 84 - 76 victory over The Heat and Milwaukee are the only teams to not lose consecutive games this season.

Miami Heat Heat MIA. For the Raptors ' bench, which had struggled for much of the series, Tuesday was a collective breakout. Upon his return, Ibaka was a key defensive presence for the Raptors , and he turned in another solid offensive showing, with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.

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Going into this game, comparisons between the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat have been plentiful. They both have a penchant for player development and maintain a strong organizational culture from top to bottom. They also both have identities of teams that can play tough, grind out games, and ultimately, win ugly.

To call that game ugly, however, would be akin to calling Usain Bolt “a pretty good runner.” This was not a game for fans of the high-octane offences that characterize the modern NBA. Instead, this game put both teams in a time machine back to a simpler time, when the terms analytics and efficiency belonged only on Wall Street, as the Toronto Raptors lost to the Miami Heat 84-76 in the second lowest scoring game of the 2019-2020 NBA season.

Spurs find the zone in fourth quarter, stun Raptors in Toronto

  Spurs find the zone in fourth quarter, stun Raptors in Toronto The Spurs win their third straight game against Eastern Conference powerhouses fueled by a fourth quarter comeback against the Raptors.To DeRozan’s credit, he wasn’t trying to force the issue despite going up against his former team. He was making the right basketball plays, but his teammates were failing to knock down the shots necessary to force Nick Nurse into switching up his defensive strategy. This game was giving me flashbacks of the Spurs from two seasons ago when the offense would come to a complete stop anytime teams started trapping LaMarcus Aldridge in the post.

Erik Spoelstra on Miami Heat 's disappointing loss to the Toronto Raptors .

The Sixers center has struggled during this second-round series against the Raptors .

Serge Ibaka led the Raptors in scoring with a fittingly ugly 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry had his moments on his offence but only finished with 15 on an unsightly 4-16 from the field. The Heat were buoyed by stretches of hot shooting from Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro in the second and fourth quarters, respectively, as both netted 13 points. Breakout centre Bam Adebayo was a steady presence for Miami as well, with a hyper-efficient 15 points on 7-8 shooting, to go with 14 rebounds and his customary stellar defence.

Prior to the game, a touching tribute to David Stern, the former commissioner of the NBA, was shown in the stadium, followed by a moment of silence. Stern passed away yesterday, on January 1st, at the age of 77. Much has been written about Stern since his passing, so I’ll leave that largely to those who have taken the time to give him the proper credit. I will, however, say that Stern deserves significant credit for getting the league to the point that is at today.

Gilgeous-Alexander ties career high of 32 points in Thunder's win over Raptors

  Gilgeous-Alexander ties career high of 32 points in Thunder's win over Raptors TORONTO — Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career high with 32 points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-97 victory over his hometown Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Gilgeous-Alexander's outstanding performance also marked the most points ever scored by a Canadian versus the Raptors. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet had 20 points apiece for the Raptors (22-11), who were missing Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring), and Norman Powell (shoulder) for the sixth consecutive game. Patrick McCaw added 13 points, while Serge Ibaka had 12, and Terence Davis finished with 11.Chris Paul chipped in with 25 points for the Thunder (17-15).

In addition to the wins against Boston, the Sixers also have wins against the Bucks, Raptors , Heat Behind a monster game from Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76 ers beat Giannis The Heat and Sixers have exchanged blows in the early stages of their playoff series, presenting their

The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Despite Toronto's improved defensive performances, Carter's offence was sorely missed in the first-round series against the second-seeded Detroit Pistons.

After a shake-up to the starting lineup in the most recent game, which saw Rondae Hollis-Jefferson take the place of OG Anunoby, Nick Nurse went back to Anunoby. This returned the starting lineup back to the consistent iteration. Even with Anunoby in the lineup, it was clear from the start of the game that the size of the Heat would be tough to match with the Raptors trotting out three guards as starters. The Heat exploited this advantage by attacking the paint early and making it a significant source of their offence in the first few minutes.

The Raptors hung tough, however, and quieted the Miami offence as the quarter rolled on. On offence, Fred VanVleet came out in attack mode, getting 7 of the first 9 points for the Raptors. Following a three-pointer, he picked the pocket of Duncan Robinson and turned it into a layup, highlighting a solo mini-run by VanVleet. Unfortunately, those 7 would be his only points of the night.

Lowry scores 24 points, Raptors end 2019 with easy 117-97 win over Cavs

  Lowry scores 24 points, Raptors end 2019 with easy 117-97 win over Cavs TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 24 points while Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors notched an easy 117-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on New Year's Eve. Six Raptors scored in double figures. Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 points, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14, and Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby had 12 points apiece for the Raptors (23-11). Lowry, who bid farewell to 2019 wearing baby-pink shoes, added eight assists.Toronto played its seventh consecutive game without Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Norm Powell (shoulder).

The 76 ers came out with a much-improved effort on the defensive end Here are three takeaways from the 76 ers' Game 2 win over the Raptors : Sixers beat Raptors with their Entering this series, there were plenty of questions concerning how the Sixers would fare against the Raptors given the

vs 76 ers. Three days ago, the Toronto Raptors were soundly beaten at home on Christmas Day by the Boston Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 30 points as the Celtics handed the Raptors their first home loss to an Atlantic Division opponent in over four years.

Unsurprisingly, given the characteristics of these two teams, this was an ugly, gritty first quarter where neither team could muster consistent offence. The Heat busted out a zone defence, which the Raptors struggled to solve. The Heat would stick with this zone for the bulk of the game, as the Raptors failed to find a meaningful solution. On the other end, the Raptors just played their brand physical, intense defence and kept Miami at bay. The Raptors took a slight edge in this quarter, leading 20-18 after one.

Both teams evidently agreed to continue playing in the 1990s prior to the second quarter, and for the rest of the game for that matter. Goran Dragic and Lowry hit back-to-back threes early in the period, but that sort of offence would be more of an outlier than a sign of things to come for the game. Buckets in the half court were few and far between for either team, although Miami got a big spark from Dragic off the bench, who had 3 three-pointers in the second on his way to 13 points in the quarter.

Dragic’s burst helped get the Miami lead as large as 8 in the second, but the Raptors closed the gap to finish the half. A buzzer-beating three by OG Anunoby cut the Heat’s lead in half. Going into the third, the Raptors trailed 42-39.

Davis, Ibaka lead Raptors past Hornets in OT, 112-110

  Davis, Ibaka lead Raptors past Hornets in OT, 112-110 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds as the banged-up Toronto Raptors escaped with a 112-110 overtime win over Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Terence Davis also had 23 points and 11 boards, OG Anunoby added 19 points and Kyle Lowry had 15 points and nine assists while having to play 43 minutes due to injuries. Patrick McCaw added 13 points and 11 assists as the Raptors avoided taking losses on back-to-back nights for the first time since Dec. 26-27, 2017.Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 27 points, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime fell short.

The third quarter saw little improvement offensively by either team. The Raptors were given a scare when Kyle Lowry limped off the floor early in the third, but a nationwide sigh of relief was breathed when he returned to the court after a timeout. The Raptors need Lowry in this game, as he had been the Raptors’ best source of offence up to this point and was doing an admirable job guarding Heat superstar Jimmy Butler, even though he was at a serious size disadvantage.

The third quarter ended with the Heat maintaining their 3-point lead, as the score sat at 63-60. If the score wasn’t indicative enough of how difficult buckets were to come by, a three-pointer by Heat rookie Tyler Herro, and the reaction around it, further cemented that notion. The crowd erupted like it was a go-ahead shot in the dying seconds of a game, and it suddenly made a tie game feel like Miami had a significant lead.

Herro carried that momentum into the fourth, scoring the Heat’s first eight points of the quarter. A layup by Bam Adebayo after Chris Boucher briefly fell asleep on defence extended the Heat lead to nine. From that point, the Raptors simply could not string together enough positive plays in a row to get back in this game. Any semblance of a comeback was dispelled by a turnover, a missed shot, or a basket by the Heat as the clock eventually dwindled.

Any game against the Heat is tough. Shooting 6-42 from three doesn’t help. On the bright side, Kyle Lowry’s injury was not serious. The team can also point to the players missing as indications of how different the game could have gone, but also how badly the Raptors need them back.

Takeaways: Raptors’ Terence Davis comes up big with career night .
The undrafted rookie made his first NBA start count, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Toronto’s 112-110 overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets. The post Takeaways: Raptors’ Terence Davis comes up big with career night appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Terence Davis recorded new career highs, scoring 23 points and collecting 11 rebounds, in his first NBA start to help lead the Toronto Raptors to a wild 112-110 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Wednesday night.

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