Bosh, Wade lead Miami surge in fourth vs. RaptorsMar 31, 2012 - 2:19 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh scored 30 points against his former team as the Miami Heat used a late surge to push past the Toronto Raptors, 113-101, on Friday.
"Toronto will always be special to me. I played like a hundred zillion games in here," said Bosh. "I know every nook and cranny. I will always remember how special Friday night games are in this building."
Dwyane Wade also scored 30 points, LeBron James netted 26 to go with nine assists and Bosh grabbed eight rebounds for the Heat, who won for the second consecutive night.
Bosh and Wade combined for 25 of the Heat's 30 fourth-quarter points. Miami improved to 10-0 against the Atlantic Division this season with its seventh straight win over the Raptors.
DeMar DeRozan led the way with 28 points, Andrea Bargnani scored 27 and Jose Calderon handed out 16 assists for Toronto, which has lost six of eight.
The Raptors trailed by 10 a little after halftime but remained within striking distance, chipping away and eventually taking the lead with 1:13 remaining in the third. Norris Cole buried a three-pointer to tie it at 83 apiece in the final seconds of the frame.
Wade's jumper gave the visitors an early advantage in the final stanza before James Johnson produced the game's seventh tie, at 89-89, on a three-pointer.
Cole converted a technical free-throw, and then Wade and Bosh took over.
Each hit a pair from the charity stripe before Wade drained a triple. Calderon ended the 8-0 spurt with a basket, but Wade immediately responded with a pullup jumper.
"They were knocking down some tough shots, so as the game went on we had to get better at defending those shots," Bosh said. "We needed every basket tonight. We're getting better working together as a team."
Bosh increased the Heat's advantage to 10 a few minutes later on an alley-oop dunk from James, and they led by double-digits thereafter.
"This is one of the best teams in the league and you can't take them off their game," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "I told our team before the game that they're going to throw haymakers at us and they're going to throw more haymakers at us."
Paced by 14 points apiece from Bosh and James, Miami held a 59-51 edge at intermission. The Heat scored the game's first 10 points and 16 of the opening 18, but led only 31-27 after 12 minutes.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem was not the team for personal reasons. He will rejoin the team in Boston on Sunday...Miami turned 16 Toronto turnovers into 21 points and outscored the Raptors 64-36 in the paint...Calderon finished with nine points, while Mario Chalmers scored 14 for the Heat...Miami is 23-3 when scoring 100 or more points.
- MIAMI: 113
Mar 30 9:22 PM
- MIAMI: 83
End of 3rd
Mar 30 8:50 PM
- MIAMI: 59
Mar 30 8:10 PM
- MIAMI: 31
End of 1st
Mar 30 7:38 PM
- MIAMI: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 30 7:12 PM
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