Sports.ws Game Report
[TORONTO] — The Toronto Raptors played host to the Miami Heat last night and the hometown crowd got exactly what they paid for in the form of a hard-fought 96 to 94 Raps victory. The win bumps Toronto's record up to 49-31 on the season, while the loss drags Miami's down to 38-41. Despite the victory, the result is somewhat hollow considering the offense that seemed to lack much of the kick it's shown so far this season. The Raptors will happily take the boost in the win column, but have much work to do if they want to keep padding their portfolio.
While there were no historic individual performances to speak of, James Johnson's 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 38 minutes will serve fantasy owners well. Unfortunately for Johnson, what really matters - the result on the scoreboard - still leans in favor of the Raptors. Perhaps continued performances like this one in the near future will get Miami back in the win column before too long.
At the helm for the Raptors in the victory was DeMar DeRozan and while he may not have posted a more attractive statline than Johnson, he did help his club walk away with the victory. DeRozan posted 38 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the win.
Toronto's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Heat, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Raps will settle for the upper hand in this one.
Up next for the reeling Raps will be a date with the while the visiting Heat will look to bounce back in a matchup with the .
Johnson 49.0 FP
DeRozan 47.0 FP
Joseph 32.0 FP
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