Heat vs Raptors – Game Recap – February 1, 2022

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TORONTO — — Gary Trent Jr. scored 33 points, Pascal Siakam had 16 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors won their third straight game on Tuesday, beating the Miami Heat 110-106.

Trent tied DeMar DeRozan’s franchise record and extended his personal career high by hitting 30 points for the fifth straight game.

Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, OG Anunoby had 13, Precious Achiuwa 12 and Scottie Barnes 11 as the Raptors won their second straight meeting with Miami. Toronto beat the Heat 124-120 in triple overtime last Saturday.

Bam Adebayo had 32 points and 11 rebounds, Jimmy Butler had 16 points and 12 assists, and Tyler Herro scored 18 points for the Heat, which lost its third straight.

Down 15 points in the first half, Toronto closed the gap to 83-80 after three quarters, tied it on a 3-pointer from Siakam with 10:02 to go, then took its first lead of the game on Achiuwa’s 3 with 9:16 remaining.

Miami led 93-92 after Butler made a pair of free throws with 6:46 left. Trent responded with a personal 8-0 run, hitting two straight runs and then making two of three at the line to give Toronto a 100-93 lead at 4:35.

Anunoby converted a three-point play with 2:53 left and VanVleet added a free throw after Miami’s Max Strus was called for a technical, giving the Raptors their biggest lead at 106-98.

Toronto called timeout after Herro’s driving layup cut it to 108-106 with 6.7 seconds left, but Anunoby scored on Barnes’ inbound pass.

Butler returned to the starting lineup after missing Monday’s loss to Boston with a sore toe, while PJ Tucker was back after missing Monday’s game with left knee pain.

Former Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (personal reasons) missed his ninth straight game. Tuesday would have been his first visit to Toronto since leaving the Raptors last offseason.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he spoke with Lowry daily throughout his absence.

“He’s part of our family,” Spoelstra said. “I just want to be there for him. The basketball stuff, we can sort all that out.

The Heat will travel to Toronto again on April 3.

Adebayo scored nine points in the first as the Heat led 32-22, then added 10 more in the second, twice converting Butler’s alley-oop passes. Gabe Vincent banked a 3 just before the halftime buzzer to give Miami a 62-50 lead at intermission.

The Heat led 83-80 in three quarters.

CELEBRITY SPOTTING

Rapper Drake sat next to Raptors president Masai Ujuri in the empty stands behind the Toronto bench in the first half. Drake moved to his usual seat near the field adjacent to the Toronto bench for the second half.

THE FANS RETURN

For the first time since a Dec. 28 loss to Philadelphia, the Raptors played in front of fans who weren’t family or friends of the players. A small crowd of several hundred randomly selected subscribers watched from the bleachers in front of the benches.

ADVICE

Heat: Tucker scored 12 points. … Butler shot 10 for 10 from the free throw line and finished with eight rebounds. … Lost on a Tuesday for the first time, falling to 4-1.

Raptors: Barnes and Achiuwa were picked to play in the Rising Stars Game at All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. … C Khem Birch (broken nose) should be back within a week, coach Nick Nurse said. …. DeRozan played in five consecutive 30-point games for Toronto from October 26 to November 4, 2016.

FOLLOWING

Heat: Visit San Antonio on Thursday.

Raptors: host Chicago on Thursday.

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