February 4, 2013
LeBron too hot to handle for RaptorsBrings the heat late as Miami's Big 3 pours in 81 points in Toronto
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - For much of Sunday afternoon, the 30-win Miami Heat was given everything it could handle by the (now) 31-loss Raptors.
But then some guy named LeBron took over and a close game became a 100-85 laugher in the end.
Just when Miami finally appeared to be taking control with about three minutes left in the game, LeBron James raised things to his MVP level.
After a Chris Bosh dagger three, James stole a Kyle Lowry pass and went in for an uncontested jam. He followed that up with a three-pointer and later hit another long one for good measure.
James finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
“Yeah, he’s kind of in his own category,” Raptors rookie Terrence Ross said of the challenge of trying to guard James.
Bosh had 28 points, Dwyane Wade 23.
Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 29 and DeMar DeRozan added 27, largely on the strength of a 14-for-14 performance from the free-throw line.