The Miami Heat(25-9) kicked off their 2020 with a great defensive performance as they defeat the Toronto Raptors (23-12) 76-84. Miami did a great job limiting Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet from getting hot, limiting Lowry to 15 points and VanVleet to 7. The Raptors shot themselves in the foot, shooting 6-42 from three-point range, making it difficult for them to equalize Miami’s fourth-quarter spurt in which Tyler Herro lead a 17-5 run and limited Toronto to 16 points all quarter long.
Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro did a great job off the bench, both scoring 13 points. Derrick Jones also provided a great defensive performance along with 10 points. Bam Adebayo continued to do his thing with 15 points along with 14 rebounds. Jimmy Butler struggled scoring with 8 points but had 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
Miami continued its 9-0 streak of winning after a loss this season. Toronto loses their second straight game, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Sunday. The Heat continued to show its home advantage, winning their 16th of 17 home game this season.
Miami did what they should have done against Washington on Monday, show up defensively. Miami limited every Raptors player to below 20 points, only allowing 76 points. The Heat won the rebounding battle 50-48, Adebayo leading with 14 rebounds. Toronto only shot 31.5% tonight which gave Miami a break from a bad shooting night from Kendrick Nunn and Jimmy Butler.
Miami keeps coming out strong against playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference, taking down the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and now the Toronto Raptors. Jimmy Butler and the Heat continue to show their potential to come out of the East this season.
Miami will be back in action tomorrow against the Orlando Magic on the road. The Toronto Raptors take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday on the road as well.