7:00 PM ET, November 5, 2013
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
After surprising back-to-back defeats, the Miami Heat bounced back with a strong showing versus a winless NBA team.
The Heat seem to have a good shot at doing just that tonight in a matchup with the Toronto Raptors, as Dwyane Wade and the visiting Heat look to continue their dominance in the series.
The Heat (2-2) opened the basketball season with an outstanding victory versus the Chicago Bullsbut followed it up with losses versus the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.
Miami, which hasn’t lost three straight regular-season games since Jan. 10-13, 2012, halted the brief skid with a 103-93 win versus the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
LeBron James had 25 points, Chris Bosh scored 24 and Dwyane Wade added 20 for Miami, who employed the tried-and-true formula of making the extra pass to find the open man. The Heat, which led by as many as 23, finished with 32 assists on 37 field goals.
Mario Chalmers had a team-high eight assists for Miami, who improved to 54-3 when collecting at least 25 assists since James and Bosh joined the team.
YouWager experts believes it also helped that Wade was able to find his stroke, going 8 of 15 from the floor after shooting 10 of 25 in his first two contests. The Heat have won 27 of its last 28 regular-season games in which Wade has shot at least 50 percent.
Miami has won 11 straight in the series since a 111-103 defeat versus the Raptors on Jan. 27, 2010, when Bosh was on Toronto. The Heat have outscored this team by an average of 13.3 points in the 10 meetings with James and Bosh on the Heat.
The 29 year-old averaged 19.3 points and 61.1 percent shooting in three games against his former team last season, while Wade shot 63.5 percent and averaged 27.3 points — his highest scoring average against an Eastern Conference team in 2012-13.
Toronto (2-1) is coming off a 97-90 victory versus the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. The Raptors had five players score in double figures and outrebounded Milwaukee 60-38.