Awestruck Raptors pay price against Heat
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh reacts after making a dunk against his former team, the Raptors, during the first half of Sunday's game at the Air Canada Centre. The Raps fell behind big then rallied to pull even in the fourth quarter before the Heat brushed them off for its 22nd victory in a row. (REUTERS)
TORONTO - When the going gets tough, when momentum is poised to shift, when a moment needs to be seized, the Miami Heat finds a way to step up and step on the throats of its opposition.
It arrived on Sunday, early in the fourth quarter, the Raptors no longer content to play a casual game, more bent on attacking the rim, more inclined to compete and the game was tied 77-77.
The Air Canada Centre crowd, which booed Chris Bosh and cheered LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, finally became engaged, but in such environments, attention to detail becomes vital.
The Raptors couldn’t deliver, while the Heat calmly went about its business, whether it was making a stop or creating a look that led to an easy basket.
All of a sudden, Miami would go on a 12-0 run and create enough separation to run its win streak to 22, showing no signs of weakness.