After a scuffle, Heat hold on to top Raptors 112-109


MIAMI (AP) — A scuffle impressed Toronto, and the Raptors’ response compelled the Miami Warmth to work just a little tougher to safe their first win of the season.

Jimmy Butler scored 24 factors, Max Strus added 20 off the bench and the Warmth topped the Raptors 112-109 on Saturday evening.

The groups will meet once more Monday evening in Miami.

Miami’s Kyle Lowry had 17 factors in opposition to his former membership, Tyler Herro had 14 and Bam Adebayo added 10 for the Warmth — who wasted a lot of a 24-point lead earlier than hanging on.

“When the consequence ends like this, I like the entire feelings and experiences,” Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra stated.

Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. every scored 23 factors for Toronto, which obtained 18 factors and 11 rebounds from former Warmth ahead Treasured Achiuwa. O.G. Anunoby scored 13 factors and Scottie Barnes added 11 for Toronto.

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The Warmth noticed a 24-point lead reduce to 6 early within the fourth, with Toronto getting on an enormous roll after a scuffle — which spilled right into a row of baseline seats — appeared to encourage the Raptors.

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Toronto’s Christian Koloko and Miami’s Caleb Martin have been each ejected with 7:46 left within the third quarter. They have been jostling for a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Siakam, and Martin was whistled for a foul. Koloko wound up on the ground, and Martin stepped towards him because the Raptors’ rookie rapidly bounced to his toes.

In a flash, they have been tangled, Martin showing to drive Koloko right into a row of seats that toppled backward. Gamers from each groups rapidly rushed to that spot, which was simply a few toes in entrance of the Warmth bench. The sport was stopped for a number of minutes whereas referees reviewed the play and crews used towels to mop up the world.

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“There was numerous performs main as much as it,” Martin stated. “It was a chippy sport.”

Stated Koloko: “I simply stood up for myself and I get ejected. That’s what occurred.”

Toronto coach Nick Nurse stated he expects the NBA to take an extended take a look at what occurred.

“A number of folks have been in that factor that in all probability shouldn’t have been,” Nurse stated.

Miami led 81-59 on the time; the Raptors outscored the Warmth 17-2 over the following 5:11, and Toronto didn’t go away.

Siakam’s basket with 1:04 left obtained Toronto to 109-103, however Lowry drove the lane and scored on the following possession to assist make sure that Miami would escape.


Raptors: Chris Boucher and Otto Porter Jr. have been each out with strained left hamstrings. Nurse expects Boucher to play Monday. … Scottie Barnes was shaken up twice within the first half; first he banged his left shoulder, then sprained his proper ankle by the second quarter and was dominated out. Extra exams are anticipated, and he’s not more likely to play Monday. … The season’s first back-to-back wasn’t simple. Toronto misplaced in Brooklyn on Friday evening, obtained into Miami round 2:45 a.m. Saturday and the lodge arrival was after 3 a.m.

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Warmth: Victor Oladipo (left knee) and Omer Yurtseven (left ankle) remained sidelined. Neither has performed this season. … It was Lowry’s second time going through the Raptors since he left Toronto for Miami. He performed as soon as at Toronto final season. … The Warmth averted what would have been their first 0-3 begin since 2007-08.


Raptors guard Fred VanVleet had an odd first half: 4 fouls, zero factors. Not surprisingly, that was a primary for him. He turned the twelfth participant in Toronto historical past to submit the doubtful and distinctive statline. After which he obtained his fifth 20 seconds into the third quarter, fouling Lowry on a 3-point try.


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