Heat down Raptors with balanced attack

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Updated: February 3, 2013

LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and
seven assists to lead the Miami Heat to a 100-85 win over the Toronto Raptors.

James was 10-for-16 from the field for Miami, which was coming off a 102-89
loss to Indiana on Friday. Chris Bosh added 28 points, while Dwayne Wade had
23 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“Everyone did a good job protecting the rim, protecting the paint,” said Heat
head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Rudy Gay, who was acquired from a trade with the Grizzlies on Thursday, scored
a season-high 29 points for the Raptors, who have lost four of their past
five games. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, including a perfect 14-for-14
from the free throw line in the loss.

“Everyone was not on the same page, but this is no one’s fault,” said Raptors
head coach Dwayne Casey. “This is the NBA.”

A driving layup by James gave the Heat a 24-21 edge after the first quarter.
However, Gay scored seven points early in the second quarter to give Toronto a
31-26 advantage with 9:25 left.

The Raptors led by as many as 8 (50-42), with 2:41 remaining and held the Heat
scoreless until James sank two free throws with 58 seconds remaining to cut
the deficit 50-44 at halftime.

Toronto continued to hold on to the lead in the third until Wade’s free throw
with eight minutes left tied the game at 54-54. Bosh then shot a 19-foot
jumper and followed it with a running dunk to give Miami the lead with 6 1/2
minutes remaining. James’ three-point play with five seconds to go gave the
Heat a 71-67 advantage entering the fourth.

An early 9-2 run for the Heat capped off by a huge slam dunk by Bosh extended
Miami’s lead to 80-73 with 7:05 left to play but the Raptors were not
deterred.

Terrence Ross and DeRozan’s three-pointers brought Toronto within three at
84-81 with 5:22 remaining in regulation. However, a 16-5 run by Miami
prevented the Raptors from getting any closer. James and Bosh had a combined
13 points during the swing, including a three-point play by Bosh with 1:07
left.

Bosh, the former Raptor, was efficient in the second half, scoring 22 points
on 9-of-12 shooting.

Game Notes

Gay made his first Raptors start, replacing Landry Fields, who was out due to
back spasms … James, Wade, Gay, and DeRozan combined to score 67 of the 94
points scored in the first half … Ray Allen scored just 1 point for the
game.